Lower and Middle School

The Katherine Thomas School Lower and Middle School Programs serve students in kindergarten through 8th grade with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments, including the social-emotional issues that affect their learning. We address the individual needs of each student to facilitate success at home, school and in the community. The staff to student ratio is 1 to 5 which can be as low as 1 to 2 with the integrated team approach. Our multi-disciplinary teams work together to deliver an educational program that meets each child’s developmental level and enables them to develop their potential and achieve academic success.The Katherine Thomas School follows Positive Behavior Interventions and Strategies (PBIS) to support student growth both academically and behaviorally.

We infuse all lessons and activities with developmentally appropriate and language-based experiences. Basic skills in reading, written expression and math are taught according to the individual needs of students, in either a small group or an individualized setting. Our goal is to provide students with a positive, success-oriented program. Our integrated, multidisciplinary classroom team is comprised of a special educator, teacher assistant, speech-language pathologist, occupational and physical therapists, social worker and administrator. Working together, they provide programs with a blend of educational and therapeutic services that meet the holistic needs of each child. The Common Core Standards and Universal Design for Learning Techniques are embedded in all lessons.

The Katherine Thomas School offers transitional programs for students who need more intense support to succeed academically and socially than in the traditional KTS classroom. The STRIDE Program (Student Transition Readiness through Intensive Developmental Education) is designed to meet the needs of students in grades K – 5. STRIDE support students diagnosed with moderate to severe language and learning disabilities and mild to moderate autism, who may also display difficulties in other developmental areas. Students in this program exhibit significant challenges with engagement, attention, regulation, group process and social interactions that require more intensive support to succeed academically and socially.

The KTS Parents’ Association often assists new private pay parents with carpooling. Funded students are transported by the local school system. KTS runs a bus to northern Virginia for students in that area. The cost of transportation is $3,500 per student for the school year and a minimum of two students is required to run the van.