CURRICULA & PROGRAMS
The educational philosophy of Chapel Hill Academy is founded on addressing the individual needs of children and their families. The school is built upon a student-centered curriculum that focuses on stages of development, fosters individual interests, and places value on diversity and the social nature of learning. We believe in building that all students, regardless of background, can succeed through a strong academic foundation and positive learning environment.
Area of Focus
One key area of academic focus at Chapel Hill Academy is Literacy. The TPRI, an individually administered Reading Assessment, is administered to each student in Kindergarten – 2nd grade. This assessment tool enables teachers to obtain information about each student’s reading level and guides them to develop teaching strategies that will address the needs and/or enhance each student’s reading ability. We administer the TPRI three times a year, so that progress can be monitored and students can either receive daily intensive reading instruction, small group tutoring, or reading enrichment projects. Students are expected to practice reading at home with their parents on a daily basis.
Research skills, public speaking and presentation skills are introduced early in students’ first grade year. Confidence, respect and appreciation for self and others begins on a student’s first day at Chapel Hill Academy.
Special Education Procedural Safeguards
The Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities (Procedural Safeguards) explains parents’ specific rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
In addition, A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process (ARD Guide) is also available to parents. It contains information that parents need to effectively participate in an ARD committee meeting for their child. Parents should receive the Procedural Safeguards document once a year on the following occasions:
- Initial referral or on request for evaluation
- Disciplinary change of placement
- At the request of parent
- First occurrence of the filing of a due process hearing complaint or special education complaint during the school year
Updated Procedural Safeguards
- Notice of Procedural Safeguards in 20 different languages
- Parent’s Guide to the ARD Process in 20 different languages
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 2004 to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing in the State, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services.
Texas Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and other languages.
Texas Project FIRST (Families Information Resources Support and Training) is a project of the Texas Education Agency committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.
The Dyslexia Handbook is a resource designed to provide procedures for school districts, charter schools, campuses, teachers, students, and parents/guardians in early identification of, instruction for, and accommodations for students with dyslexia.
The Partners Resource Network(PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the statewide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI’s) in Texas. The mission of PRN is to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals.
The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) works collaboratively with stakeholders to provide resources and facilitate collaboration that supports the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities in Texas.
Students in grades PK–8 continue developing their social-emotional skills through a program called Second Step, which includes social-emotional skills such as making friends, managing emotions and solving problems. Much like standard academic skills, social-emotional skills build on each other over time, paving the path for social success and academic readiness.
Second Step is designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions and be aware of others’ feelings. Students gain the necessary skills to problem-solve and make responsible decisions.