The Value of Neurodiversity
Our Learning Services team provides school-wide, classroom, small group, and individual support to Bertschi's diverse community of learners.
A Diverse Learning Community
At Bertschi, we truly value neurodiversity. One of our core beliefs is that everyone benefits from learning within a diverse community. Our team of Learning Services Specialists and our Coordinator for Advanced Learning are dedicated to understanding the complexity of every student through twice annual screenings and consistent communication with parents and teachers.
We understand that each student has a unique constellation of strengths and challenges. Through push-in instruction, our goal is to create opportunities for all students to work to their full potential within the context of their classroom community. Specialists collaborate with teachers and provide lessons in math, word study, linguistics, philosophy, and other areas of emerging need or interest.
In grades K-2, specialists also work with small reading groups, in coordination with classroom teachers. Groups are identified based on specific needs and are continually flexible as young readers’ skills develop. Over the course of a year, students commonly move from a reading group that supports developing phonetic skills to one that is working on inferential thinking and using text to draw conclusions.
Additionally, when students need individual support, we have a team of Learning Specialists with expertise in helping students develop academic skills. This one-to-one instruction is the only area of Learning Services where families pay an extra fee. Currently the school also contracts with a Speech Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist.