Learning Assistance Department (LAD)
Los Altos Christians Schools’ Learning Assistance Department (LAD), offered to Elementary students, is dedicated to teaching children in the way they learn, using a multi-sensory approached to education across the curriculum.
Each subject is taught on grade level using multisensory methods such as Slingerland, Orton- Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, Step-Up-to Writing, Making Math Real, and others. Our LAD program emphasizes small self-contained classes incorporating visuals, listening strategies, and hands-on learning. This type of education allows students to develop new skills while also creating a greater understanding in all academic areas.
Our program is designed for students who have average to above average intelligence, but are experiencing academic difficulties due to specific learning differences such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, attention deficit disorder (AD/HD), sensory possessing disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS), or other related leaning differences. We are also ideal for students experiencing academic difficulties in a general education classroom.
We believe in emphasizing the student’s individual strengths in the classroom, cultivating children’s natural talents in the arts, leadership, sports, problem solving, and in using their creative imaginations. This allows students to feel safe and be willing to risk and learn, even when it becomes difficult.
We help students achieve success through teaching executive functioning skills. Students with strong executive function ability hold the keys to school and social success: from attention and impulse control, to time management and organization. Our teachers are specially trained and have a practical understanding of how to enhance critical executive functioning skills for students with a learning disability.
Our LAD program is an accommodated classroom allowing students to achieve their full potential while implementing individual accommodations to meet their unique learning styles. LACS has adopted the RULER program, which is an evidence-based approach for integrating social and emotional learning into schools, developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER applies “hard science” to the teaching of what has historically been called “soft skills.” RULER teaches the skills of emotional intelligence — those associated with recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotion. Decades of research show that these skills are essential to effective teaching and learning, sound decision making, physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond.
LACS welcomes diverse learners. Students at LACS experience a variety of educational experiences through innovative instruction, experiential learning through field trips, and the cultivation of an overall positive school culture that emphasizes leadership and personal character.