Special Services and Programs
A wide range of special services fulfills individual educational needs to empower students to excel to their full potential. Individual students come to Scheck Hillel with different learning styles and abilities. It’s with this in mind that we have put several program supports in place, maximizing time and resources to meet each learner’s individual needs.
Scheck Hillel’s Learning Center provides Lower School students support in reading and mathematics and in Upper School helps students develop skills for studying, time management and organization. Small group tutorial classes also enable students to deepen their conceptual understanding of course content. Schoolwide, Learning Center teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to tailor instruction which meets students’ needs. The primary goal is to empower students with strategies to become more effective, independent and efficient learners. Learning Center assists advanced students as well as those who need assistance with basic skills. Students may be referred for Learning Center support by their teachers or parents and then receive such support once a psycho-educational evaluation has been conducted by a licensed psychologist.
In-Class Support provides students with varying exceptionalities additional help in their core secular subjects. Special educators monitor mainstream courses and provide differentiated instruction as needed. In order provide individualized support, the program is capped for a low teacher to student ratio. Consideration for participation in the program requires a psycho-educational evaluation, as well as meeting stipulated academic requirements.
Scheck Hillel offers assistance in English language learning to those students whose primary language is not English. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are small group classes taught by a teacher certified in ESOL education. This teacher supports immersion language learning through instruction that targets the academic language that students find in textbooks, in the classroom and on academic tests.
Nativ is South Florida's first full-day program dedicated exclusively to children with dyslexia and related learning differences at a Jewish day school. The Hebrew word for path, Nativ is designed to remediate alternative learners in elementary grades.
Nativ includes all aspects of Scheck Hillel's curriculum including reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, Judaic Studies and Hebrew. It also emphasizes a structured, multi-sensory, language-based curriculum that benefits dyslexic students. By providing students with success and a supportive, individualized environment, every student is able to maximize his or her academic potential. Students learn compensatory strategies that eventually enable them to transition into traditional classroom settings full-time.
Nativ’s ultimate goal is to enhance students’ abilities to successfully participate in all Scheck Hillel classes independently. Admission to this program is based on a comprehensive recent psycho-educational evaluation.
Scheck Hillel offers two classrooms to support Grade 6-8 students in their transition from the smaller class size and specialized instruction of Nativ to general education classes in Middle School. The self-contained classes have a maximum of 10 students and provide intensive academic support focused on individual learning needs. Curriculum and course content are the same as those in the Henrietta Scheck Middle School, but are enhanced with reading and study strategy instruction. Interactive whiteboards and laptop technology are used daily.
For information about Scheck Hillel’s special services, please contact your student’s Division Head, Mrs. Eileen Ginzburg (305.931.2831 x149 / ginzburg@eHillel.org) or Dr. Helen Chaset (305.931.2831 x165 / chaset@eHillel.org). For information about Kesher, please contact Thabatta Mizrahi, Director of Kesher (305.792.7060).