The academic program at Meredith-Dunn School provides a daily schedule that places weighted emphasis on language arts and math instruction due to the critical needs of our students. Our curriculum is based on national and state standards. The daily schedule is consistent with all students having language arts and math at the same time to support instructional groupings. In addition, there is daily direct instruction in SOS, in social studies, science, health and in one daily special area of art, computer lab, music, social skills, or brain gym. Specialized instructional programs and adapted materials pertinent to specific students are used and supported by a variety of technology resources, such as iPads, Chromebooks, Smart Boards and surround sound classroom amplification systems.
Movement is a critical component to our curricular program and is incorporated throughout the day. Students in grades first through third participate in the Minds in Motion Maze each day, a series of neuromotor development exercises integrating coordination and movement. Each day begins with a 3-5 minute cognitive fitness program.
Meredith-Dunn School places a great emphasis on the professional development and training of its teachers and staff. The All Kinds of Minds Institute named Meredith-Dunn a School of Distinction, a result of sixty hours of intensive professional training for the entire faculty. 90% of our classroom teachers are trained in Wilson Reading Systems (an Orton-Gillingham based reading approach), National Reading Styles Institute, and Handwriting without Tears, to mention a few.
Meredith-Dunn School has developed a specialized SOS curriculum which was written with the intent of providing direct instruction in the areas of self-advocacy, organization and study skills. Self-advocacy is fostered by helping students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners. We take the mystery out of a learning difference by helping students understand what their learning difference is.
Organization is essentially learning how to organize one’s self, materials, space and time to facilitate an effective learning process.
The study skills component consists of strategies that support study skills and the specific strategies that support learning, memory and retrieval, as well as application of information. The SOS Curriculum is directly taught daily during a 30-minute class time, but is integrated and reinforced throughout all curricular areas and in all aspects of the school day.
On staff are Meredith-Dunn School are two Speech Language Pathologists, two Guidance Counselor/Art Therapists, and a Social Cognition Therapist. On-site Occupational Therapy is provided by a third part during the school day.
Meredith-Dunn School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to address a variety of student interests. The opportunities provided enable students to enrich their lives, pursue interests or explore new ones and to interact with peers and staff members in a relaxed atmosphere. Presently offered are Art Club, Basketball, Bowling, Drama Club, Golf, Music Club, Soccer, Volleyball, Girls on the Run, Lego Club, Chess, Dance, and Yoga to name a few.