At WPS we view each student as a unique individual learner who has potential and is Able to Learn . It is also important that our work is grounded in research regarding how people learn and the learning differences that cause students to struggle. We begin our understanding by looking through a neuropsychological lens based on decades of research on learning and cognition. This is just the first step. It is important that we understand both who our students are as learners, as well as who they are as people . WPS students have some notable gifts, and our individual approach allows us to explore and develop these gifts. Everything we do is based on this in-depth Understanding of each individual student. Each photo above will take you to stories of WPS students who we can begin to understand through the terms dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties and nonverbal learning disorders.
When Henry began his journey at WPS he was an outgoing, compassionate, empathetic and engaging fourth grader who loved art and music. He worked slowly through most language-based tasks due to his decoding and encoding difficulties and was sometimes unable to maintain the energy needed to complete tasks. Even though Henry had strong comprehension, reasoning ability and social skills, his difficulties with the mechanics of reading and writing continuously got in his way. Henry frequently understood how and what was needed to complete tasks, however, his performance was significantly slowed because basic academic skills were not automatic. Despite his intelligence and significant potential he often became frustrated because he had such difficulty reaching that potential. At WPS Henry receives intense and systematic decoding and encoding instruction throughout his day. His program is designed based on research-proven methods to remediate students with dyslexia, but at WPS we go further to adapt these methods to Henry’s specific set of strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, at WPS Henry’s reading and writing program is specifically designed for him and no one else. As Henry’s basic skills improve, his curriculum focuses on abstract and critical thinking. At WPS we are able to individualize programs based on strengths and gifts as students overcome their difficulties.