Developing Habits of Academic Excellence
All parents want to give their child a learning environment where they are nurtured and embraced for who they are and who they will be. Children who have communication delays and learning differences should be no exception. At The Parish School, we break down the barriers of language and learning disabilities to empower students with the tools to succeed in any educational environment.
Our elementary program addresses the needs of children from 5-12 years old. The Parish School’s elementary staff are experts at addressing a variety of learning styles, interests and abilities, meeting the needs of each of our students. We provide an academically challenging program that develops the language, social, behavioral and self-advocacy skills needed to succeed and thrive in school and life.
What do Parish Classes Look Like?
Elementary school is held Monday – Thursday from 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; Friday from 8:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Classes are grouped to include students of varying ages and developmental levels. All children of the same chronological age rarely perform at the same level. By grouping children according to levels, we build on developmental skills. Multi-age/multi-level groupings allow students to learn from other peer models while also having the opportunity to be a model for other children.
Elementary students are placed into the following levels based upon our assessments:
- Primary Elementary (Ages 5 – 7 years)
- Lower Elementary (Ages 7 – 9 years)
- Upper Elementary (Ages 9 – 11 years)
The following optional programs are also available:
- Early Morning Drop-Off
Monday – Friday from 7 – 7:45 a.m.
- Extended Day
Monday – Thursday after school until 4:30 p.m.
- Adventure Play
Open to students ages 6-12
Monday – Thursday after school until 5:30 p.m.
- Social Learning Groups
Groups meet one time per week, either during lunch hours, afternoon hours or after school.
Our Unique Approach
Aligned with the Texas State Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and differentiated for each student, instructional methods utilize a multi-sensory teaching approach for all core academic subjects.
Reading instruction is prescriptive to each child’s needs. Reading is explicitly taught in a multisensory, systematic manner focusing on phonology and phonological awareness, sound/symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, fluency and comprehension.
Developing an inquiry mindset is essential for students to succeed in our rapidly changing world. It creates a fertile ground for children learning how to ask questions, listen to others, work in teams and communicate their ideas clearly. Inquiry-based learning fosters higher order thinking skills such as planning, problem solving and critical thinking.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech-language pathologists support academics by providing group language therapy in the classroom. The Social Thinking® approach is also implemented in all classrooms to teach social language concepts through weekly social groups and activities.
Social-Emotional Language & Learning Program (SELLP)
This whole-child approach is a school-wide model of support that incorporates intervention strategies that build skills across developmental areas and promote successful group learning, self-regulation, independence and resilience.
Daily nature-based learning opportunities facilitate children’s intellectual, social and emotional development through direct, hands-on engagement with our environment.
Integrated Arts and Sciences
Full-time specialists lead weekly classes for children to explore creativity and expression through music, theater, art, library, physical education, technology and even a makerspace.
Huyen Cao, MA, CCC-SLP
Head of Elementary