Hands-on Learning

Our curriculum is highly customized to meet the needs of each student. We “meet” the children where they are and build from there, filling in “holes” and assuring that the student is building upon a firm foundation of learning before moving onto the next level.  Then to this end, we move at the pace of the student, with an understanding that skills learned today may need to be retaught tomorrow.

Our approach is multi-sensory.  Some students may need to use manipulatives and/or visual prompts.  Mornings are typically dedicated to math and language arts.  Afternoons focus on science and social studies, but also include outside instructors who teach art, music, yoga, and pottery.

We leave the school weekly to go to the local YMCA and a nearby nursing home.  Once a month, we distribute Meals on Wheels.  We further enrich the curriculum through regular field trips and guest speakers.  In the past, these have included authors, artists, musicians, playwrights, poets, and even representatives from NASA.


A Balanced Year

The Barclay School is a year-round school.  We use a balanced year and a balanced curriculum.

We go to school the same 180 days as a traditional school.  Instead of having a very long summer break, the balanced calendar distributes the breaks evenly over the whole year.  This eliminates the need to use the first weeks in fall to “re-teach” forgotten material.

Students with memory issues particularly benefit from more frequent, shorter breaks, evenly distributed throughout the year.