A Different Way of Teaching
A NEW WAY OF LEARNING
By focusing on each student’s individual needs, we produce academic results while developing the whole child.
New Way takes a unique approach to educating students with learning differences. Teachers use multisensory teaching techniques, evidence-based curriculums and specialized interventions to help students progress academically. Speech, language and occupational therapy are provided on site, as well as P.E., art, social skills training, and numerous after school activities.
New Way students receive a grade-level curriculum based on Arizona State Standards, and will not fall behind academically. The difference is that we focus on a student’s individual way of learning. We create student support for each student based on a comprehensive assessment and classroom performance, and can intensively remediate areas of individual challenge. Our goal is success in the classroom as we address specific learning needs and build on strengths.
A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Visitors often mention how calm, happy and engaged New Way students are in their classes. Students are actively involved with lessons that engage multiple senses. Every feature of the classroom from the color of the walls to the arrangement of furniture is carefully designed to enhance learning. Visual distractions are minimized and acoustics are optimized with assistive technology and sound blocking materials.
Students are assigned to a homeroom according to age, social maturity and academic learning style. They work in groups of two to twelve following a schedule of classes designed to meet their individual goals. Every classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and 1:1 Chromebook laptops for students.
New Way is here to support our students in learning lifelong skills that will help them be successful in and out of the classroom. In order to best support our students’ academic achievement, we also must support their social and emotional growth. New Way uses a school wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) system to promote social skills in all our students. PBIS is research-based and focuses on using positive approaches to shape behavior. New Way is here to be proactive in replacing behaviors when a student is engaging in an unexpected way.
Our staff have all been trained in PBIS and receive continual training throughout the school year. PBIS goes hand in hand with many programs on campus including Character Strong. PBIS is a school wide system that is used across all levels and content areas. We have adopted three main expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Do Your Best.