ACADEMICS

OAK HILL OFFERS TWO INSTRUCTIONAL TRACKS

Having served the needs of students with learning differences (LD) and developmental delays for over 28 years, Oak Hill Academy has always been dedicated to unveiling the magnificent minds of students who struggle in mainstream classrooms.  As a result, we have expanded our model and mission to meet the demand for a program that reaches beyond the needs of students with classic learning differences.

Through our unique dual track program, a broader range of LD students have the benefit of being served from a more adaptable educational model that can meet individual needs.  The purpose of both tracks of programming, GATE (Guided Academics To Excellence) and PRISM, (PRagmatics and Independent Student Management) is to strengthen core academic skills in reading decoding, reading comprehension, written expression, mathematical computation, and mathematic application. Engaging, interactive activities in social studies and science are also critical elements of Oak Hill's curriculum for all students.

The goal of BOTH programs is to provide an academic foundation which will prepare our students for "life after Oak Hill," whether it's a traditional college program or alternative training for a particular career path.

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The primary differences between the two programs are the size of the class for core academic periods and the level of support needed from the teacher.

GATE - the class sizes range from 8-12 students, and the teachers provide a moderate amount of modifications and classroom guidance on an as-needed basis.

PRISM - the academic class sizes include no more than 6 students, making it possible for the teacher to offer maximum support and accommodations for each student.

We continue to successfully serve students diagnosed with (or at risk for):

  • Speech-Language Delays
  • Dyslexia, Hyperlexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • ADHD
  • Auditory Processing Disorder

Over the past decade, we have broadened our mission to also be a hallmark program for students diagnosed with:

  • ​Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, including students formerly diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Apraxia
  • Social/School Anxiety
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

THE FOUNDATIONS OF INSTRUCTION

Oak Hill Academy prides itself on the design and implementation of its unique curriculum model.  The individual academic strengths and challenges of each student are carefully considered as the teacher formulates an appropriate plan within a course area to enable that student to experience success while being guided to the next level.

The foundation of the Oak Hill Academy model rests within the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and the strength of our model is created from the use of research-based programs such as Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia developed by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Handwriting Without Tears from Jan Olsen, OTR, LiPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing from Lindamood-Bell, and Texas Mathematics from MacMillan McGraw-Hill. In addition, our Social Skills curriculum is modeled after Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking program.

Within each classroom, grade-level academic curricula is at the core, yet a two-year range of educational activities are available for the advanced student who works above grade level as well as the student who needs additional time to develop his/her skill set.  Our specially trained teachers work with small groups of students, and use a multi-sensory approach to learning.  The daily academic experience is structured for consistency and predictability. 

INVITING ORGANIZED CLASSROOMS

Classrooms reflect each teacher's individuality and creativity, while arranged in a way that provides order and sequence for our students who have weaknesses in those areas.  Oak Hill Academy students benefit from inviting classroom environments planned for the location of each specific area or center.  Using small rugs, color-coding and signage, areas of the classrooms are clearly defined to guide and aid students in their work.