Environment

Environment

St. Rita
The Early Childhood Program is designed to:
  • Meet the developmental needs of young children who are hearing, Deaf, hard-of-hearing, apraxic, or have other communication disorders, from age two and a half to five years old. 
  • Provide experiences that enrich and enhance each child's language, cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative development. 
  • Educate students who need special methods of communication in a safe, value-oriented environment.
Within our daily schedule, each child will be exposed to:
  • Opportunities to create, explore, learn problem solving, and experience personal interaction skills.
  • Educational concepts presented through developmentally appropriate play and the Montessori curriculum in the preschool classrooms.
  • Through a balance of self and teacher directed activities, an opportunity to develop a positive self-concept and social communication skills. 
Through our carefully selected teaching staff, students will be provided with:
  • Supportive, nurturing, warm, and responsive care with attention to each child's needs.
  • Positive role models of both Deaf and hearing degreed teachers and licensed teaching assistants.
  • Exposure and immersion in both sign language and spoken English.
  • The means to communicate freely and directly with everyone in their school environment. 
Step Up to Quality:
Our program is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and is a Five-Star Step Up To Quality rated program.  Step Up To Quality is Ohio's raiting system for learning and development programs.  Our Five-Star rating shows that we are committed to providing early childhood opportunities that meet a variety of high quality standards set by the state. 
 
Max. Class Size (Transition to Preschool):
  • 14 children ages 2 1/2 and up; 1 classroom
  • Student Ratio:
  • 50% children with communication disabilities (including apraxia of speech or autism)
  • 50% typical developing hearing children 
Max. Class Size (Montessori Preschool):   
  • 16 children, ages 3-5 years old; 2 classrooms
  • Student Ratio:
  • 50% children with communication disabilities (including apraxia of speech or autism)
  • 50% typical developing hearing children 
Max. Class Size (Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Preschool):
  • 10 children, ages 3-5 years old; 1 classroom

Staff Ratio:

  • Approximately 1 teacher/teacher's assistant to every 4-5 students

In order to meet the individual needs of our students, our program has a significantly lower student to teacher ratio than most programs.  This allows the teaching staff to provide more individualized instruction and support to students throughout the school day. 

Recording & Reporting Progress 
  • Daily Observation and Data Collection
  • Therapist Charting and Reporting
  • Quarterly Progress Reports
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences 2 Times Per Year 
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