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Armstrong School




What We Teach

Learning Skills & Strategies
  • Classroom participation
  • Organization and planning
  • Note taking
  • Test taking
  • Critical thinking
  • Technology to support executive function skill development
  • Using resources and accommodations effectively 
Cultivating Resilience
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-control
  • Self-direction
  • Emotional well-being 
  • Social skills
Academic Concepts & Skills
  • Wilson Reading System (2nd-8th) 
  • Foundations (2nd-5th)
  • Just Words (4th-8th)
  • READ180 (6th-8th)
  • Syetm44- Supplemental intervention 
  • Common Core-aligned curriculum - SWUN Math 
  • Supplemental interventions:
  • Mindset Mathematics - Dr. Jo Boaler, Stanford 
  • Making Math Real 
  • Teacher-created resources
English/Language Arts 
  • Writing - Lucy Calkins Units of Study 
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary development
History/Social Studies 
  • Common Core-aligned curriculum - TCI
  • Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS) - aligned
  • Mystery Science 
  • FOSS - California Academy of Sciences 
Specialty Area Programs
    • Visual arts
    • Music
    • Movement
    • Physical Education
    • Library
    • Makerspace
    • Musical theater 

Here I learned to take who I am and apply it to what I could do.

Preserverance is the ability to go through challenges without giving up. I stand before you today to tell you that perservernce is the key to growth, and without it you will remain stuck and at the mercy of other's opinions. To perservere is not to live in constant struggle, it comes with an acceptance of who you are and then fighting with the tools you have been given.

It is here at Charles Armstrong School that I have learned the tools to perservere through my dyslexia. I have learned what gifts I have, and now that I leave this safe place I know that all goals are accessible if I am not afraid to fight for them.

Lucien Mittelstaedt
Excerpt from his 8th grade graduation from Charles Armstong School, 2013