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The Sulam Program
Using a progressive, multidisciplinary team approach, Sulam provides educational and consultative therapy services as well as psychological support for its students. Each child’s needs are addressed with a professional support network designed to help the child capitalize on his/her strengths while developing skills and strategies to tackle areas of challenge. Every student is assigned a Sulam educational coordinator, who regularly communicates with all team members and parents and serves as a student advocate.
The comprehensive dual curriculum offers Judaic as well as secular classes and presents a range of possible learning environments to optimally suit the needs of every student.
Sulam’s secular academic program, at every grade level, includes language arts (especially reading and writing), social studies, science and mathematics. All Sulam students also participate in arts and physical education.
Sulam’s Judaic program includes daily prayer (tefillah), directed instruction in Bible (Chumash), Talmud (Gemara) Prophets (Navi), and Jewish law (halachah). In addition, our students learn about holidays and traditions, and have regular exposure to Jewish communal experiences such as Onegai Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh events, and Chanukah and Purim celebrations.
Sulam students regularly join mainstream peers during prayers, art, music and gym, lunch, recess, field trips, assemblies and extracurricular activities.
Sulam’s special educators work with each child to give support when needed and to encourage independence when appropriate. Every Sulam student receives organizational and study skills support as an integral part of the instructional program to assure that curricular material is understood, that school supplies are organized and that assignments are completed.
Most Sulam students have a combination of the following instructional modalities throughout the school day:
Self contained classrooms: Sulam students receive focused, differentiated instruction in small groups taught by Sulam special educators.
Mainstream with support: Many Sulam students receive instruction in host school classrooms with the help of a Sulam instructional assistant. Instructional assistants facilitate student success with curricular accommodations and/or modifications.
Hybrid classes: Sulam students take instruction in hybrid classes along with typical peers. Hybrid classes are highly differentiated mainstream classes taught by Sulam special educators.
SCHOOL: Sulam educational coordinators closely monitor student progress, communicating with Sulam and MJBHA team members frequently.
PARENTS: Sulam parents receive regularly scheduled updates which give detailed summaries of learning activity for all coursework. In addition, Sulam parents receive phone and email communications about notable occurrences, often positive ones.
Sulam parents have at least three face-to-face meetings with Sulam faculty during the course of the year. Parents can request additional meetings with Sulam team members as needed.