Escuela Americana is committed to providing students with mild learning differences greater and equal opportunities in the general education classroom and total school community, if the school’s appropriate professional staff determines that the school has the resources to serve the student. The program is based on the following values:
- Intervention (RTI) is an integral part of a continuum of educational services.
- Students with learning differences may be a part of our school community.
- The staff will strive to support the educational successes of all students through collaboration with, and support by, the parents of the students.
One facet of learning support is offered through the Trojan Learning Center (TLC). Located on the campus, the program offers individual and/or small group learning support for children in all academic subjects, but is not a part of EA’s regular school program. Students in the TLC program have documented learning needs that include diagnosed learning disabilities. Students may spend part of the day in classes in the TLC and the rest of the day with the general school population. This program is charged separately from and in addition to EA tuition. To be served by this program, a parent must sign a contract separate from the regular tuition program.
TLC Lower School
TLC Subjects offered in the Lower School are Literacy, Language Arts, Math, Spanish, Science, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The Language Arts Program, which is based on the work of Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham, consists of a structured multisensory approach to reading and written language. The reading class uses systematic phonics instruction for word attack; it emphasizes word recognition through decoding for: vocabulary development, oral and silent reading, and reading comprehension. The writing class focuses on spelling, handwriting, copying/dictation, and the writing process. Teaching Methods in the Lower School for Language Arts and Math follow a modified Hill Center Methodology structured as a multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing and math. After an in-depth assessment of academic skills, each student follows an individualized curriculum.. Students learn skills through daily practice and drill and repetition until mastery is achieved. Teaching Methods in the Lower School for Spanish, Social Studies and Science follow a modified Lower School curriculum. TLC teachers work with the same textbooks that Lower School teachers use when applicable and supplement with additional resources. The Lower School ESL program follows the Escuela Americana Extension (EAX) Methodology. Typically when students acquires sufficient English vocabulary and reading skills, they are placed in a TLC Language Arts Class as a step between ESL and complete immersion.
TLC Middle and Upper School
At the Middle and Upper School levels there is more emphasis on literature, vocabulary, reading for content, literary and interpretive analysis, and developing critical thinking skills. Middle-level written instruction includes spelling, paragraph dictation, copying, handwriting, grammar, the mechanics of sentence/paragraph structure and punctuation, creative writing, and composition. Upper-level written language classes continue instruction in spelling and grammar and mechanics, with an emphasis on writing skills, extending basic analytical writing skills to include the more demanding structures of research papers and expository essays.
TLC Subjects offered in the Upper School are English, Math, Spanish, Science, and History.
Teaching Methods in the Upper School follows a modified curriculum; teachers work with the same textbooks as EA teachers when applicable, and supplement with additional resources.