BEACON DAY ACADEMY

Every child has the capacity to learn and grow.

For Ages 5-14

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The Beacon’s Academy Program is focused exclusively on elementary and middle school aged students. The teachers, therapists and behaviorists at the Academy are committed to meeting each child where they are and building a program aligned to their IEP as well as the California Department of Education Common Core Standards for each respective grade level. We rely on an integrated system of academic, behavioral and social emotional teaching practices to ensure every child has the quality care they need.

 
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

For elementary school, we focus on teaching students the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to make learning fun and life more meaningful. Helping students to recognize and apply their knowledge and skills in becoming better learners and contributing members of their families and community outside of school. 

Arts Integration

Utilizing all types of art forms e.g. music, painting, sculpting, cooking etc., to teach and learn academic, behavioral and social skills.

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  • Letter Identification

  • Letter Sound Identification

  • Blending Sounds

  • Spelling​​​

  • Answering Comprehension Questions

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English Language Arts

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  • Number Value

  • 1:1 Correspondence

  • Telling Time

  • Money Identification & Counting

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Math

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  • Town

  • County

  • State 

  • Country

  • Flags

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Social Studies

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  • How Plants & Animals Grow

  • Healthy Choices

  • Identifying & Functions of Body Parts

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Science

SOCIAL SKILLS

Our Academy program helps students develop critical social skills that guide their interactions with others.

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Learning to
play with peers

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Initiating and maintaining social interactions

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Listening and responding to others

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Enjoying structured and unstructured playtime

BEHAVIORAL SKILLS

Managing interfering behaviors

Self-regulating

Respecting boundaries

Teaching socially-adaptive skills 

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LEARNING-TO-LEARN SKILLS

Monitoring and self-regulate emotions

Managing distractions that impede learning

Engaging students in ways that teach them how to acquire knowledge and apply it

Engaging and strengthening executive functioning; attention control, memory, cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control, etc.

Helping students to identify strategies and tools for learning

 

As students progress to middle school, Beacon emphasizes life skills and independence.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

For middle school age students, the method of teaching evolves to incorporate the style, sensibilities and fun that’s appropriate for pre-and early teens. We continue to focus on solidifying each student’s knowledge base by teaching the skills necessary to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information. We also emphasize learning the life-skills necessary to start the path to more independent living that will be a core part of the curriculum in Beacon Day School’s High School and Transition programs.

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  • Functional reading

  • Career awareness

  • Developing presentations

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English Language Arts

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  • Managing money

  • Developing budgets

  • Calculating cost of goods

  • Percentages

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Math

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  • Current events

  • Community awareness

  • Global citizen

  • Cultural awareness

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Social Studies

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  • Physics

    • Weight, volume, distance

  • Earth science

    • Space exploration, earth biomes)

  • Reproduction

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LEARNING SKILLS

Self-regulation, teaching students how to set learning goals for themselves

Learning how to activate prior knowledge to identify, organize and assimilate new information

Applying executive functioning towards skills enabling independence

Encouraging students to recognize their own strengths and development areas as learners

LIFE SKILLS

Our Middle School program helps students prepare for their transition into high school.

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Domestic

living skills

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Vocational

skills

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Money

management

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Navigating the community