Summer Learning Enrichment Programs at The Katherine Thomas School quality for ESY (Extended School Year). The six-week program runs from late June through early August and offers both full and half day options for students in kindergarten through high school.
The summer programs of the Katherine Thomas Lower/Middle School are designed to address the needs of students language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments. This multi-sensory and cross-curricular program is designed to engage students through a creative, thematic approach to learning; this year’s theme is “Traveling around the World.” Open to children ages 5-13, participants move seamlessly through the content areas of language arts, math, social studies, and science. Curricular concepts are reinforced through fun-filled activities. The program engages students in:
• Writing Activities
• Social Studies
• Science Activities
• Field Trips
• Physical Education
Emphasis is placed on development of the students’ verbal and interactive social skills with both peers and adults through active exploratory learning. The average group size is 12 students, taught by MSDE certified special education teachers with teachers’ assistants. An Extended Day Program (morning and afternoon hours) is available for students ages five years through grade 8.
This engaging and educational program is open to students entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall. Students may attend a half-day program of academic classes or a full-day, which includes a job internship. In the morning, students are immersed in the themes of novels or short stories. Summer classes are designed to help students to focus on strengthening basic skills through an academic theme while using the arts to reinforce concepts learned. Skill areas include reading, organizational study skills, writing, and mathematics presented in a lively and creative setting.
An extended English period includes reading and analyzing text and the enhancing comprehension through art and other hands-on, experiential activities. The double math period strengthens and refines students’ abilities in mathematical decision making as well as financial literacy, and activities are connected to the summer theme and to independent living.
Students may earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours while participating in supervised job internships. Students may assist in TLC’s Lower-Middle School Summer classes, work in placements located near The Katherine Thomas School, or participate in entrepreneurial business projects. After a brief lunch period, the afternoon internship runs from 12:30 –3:00 pm. Both half day and full day programs include time for lunch.
For more information or to register, see TLC’s Summer Programs.