Program Overview

At Armstrong, we develop each child’s areas of growth and also identify and foster areas of strength.

Our goal is to nurture confident, self-aware learners who can:
  • Understand and articulate their learning strengths and areas of growth
  • Pursue areas of interest and develop passions and talents
  • Advocate for their learning and social-emotional needs
  • Approach academics and life with confidence and enthusiasm

Our Approach

List of 6 items.

  • Embedded Social-Emotional Learning

    • Staff forms close individual relationships with students 
    • Responsive Classroom approach cultivates belonging, significance, engagement, and fun
    • Mindfulness practices
    • Lower and middle school counselors on site
  • Informed by Research & Data

    • Ongoing collaborative conversations about student progress
    • Research partnership with UCSF Dyslexia Center
    • Student assessments:
      • Track My Progress – reading & math (4 times/year)
      • Oral Reading Fluency (3 times/year)
      • Wilson-based reading assessments (2 times/year)
      • Curriculum-based assessments & progress monitoring (ongoing)
  • Multisensory Methodology

    • All teaching incorporates visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements
    • Movement incorporated into teaching in all content areas 
    • Flexible seating options such as stools, wiggle cushions, standing desks, Thera-bands
  • Small Group Instruction

    • Literacy programs – students placed into Wilson, Just Words, Fundations, READ180 or Tier 1 reading groups
    • Math program – incorporates several curricula and approaches, including Jo Boaler’s Math Mindsets and Swun Math. 
  • Technology Integration

    • 1:1 iPads for all students
    • Full-time technology integration specialist provides instructional support
    • Digital Citizenship curriculum from Common Sense Media
    • Makerspace
    • Students trained to use assistive technology, e.g. voice-to-text, organizational strategies
  • Training & Instructional Support

    • Instructional coaching team to support
    • Best practices in the classroom
    • Differentiation
    • Curriculum planning & integration 
    • Training and support for literacy programs
    • Professional development
    • Embedded weekly training & instructional support
    • Financial & logistical support for outside conferences and training