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The Jubilee School aims to teach students of all ability levels through solid Christian pedagogy and materials. Because we are able to take both conventional and unique learners (even those diagnosed with ASD), our program is distinct. We offer classical teaching as input, but only expect classical output based on the gifting of each individual student. Our teaching is done in a one-room-style setting where we implement the trivium, moving from the concrete to the philosophical, as the students are ready.
We believe that those diagnosed with a learning disability as well as those with developmental delays, or trauma, are not defined by their condition. They are first and foremost image bearers of the living God. These uniquely-gifted (and sometimes hurting) children have a mind, a body and a soul that has the same needs and desires as other children. For some, the difference is in their hyper-sensory skills which can overload their minds. Others need added assistance in various behavior and academic areas. Because of this, our goal is to give these children a learning environment that helps them organize their sensory systems, see themselves as an integral part of God’s world, and invest the talent God has given them.
We do not use the child’s condition as an excuse for sin, but we may make academic and behavioral accommodations for children at the recommendation of the Education Council, upon review of diagnostic information and/or circumstances. Before decisions are made, we will seek professional advice, pray, and consult with invested parties to determine with the best decision for the student and community.
While our goal is straightforward, the way we accomplish this for each child is complex. Because each child is an image bearer of God and is created with unique gifts and struggles, we believe it is important to individualize their instruction without compromising the community. We employ a variety of methods to help our students learn to focus their minds and calm their bodies, so they can grow in their love for God and neighbor.
Therefore we will:
We are not able to accommodate children with known overt behaviors that would intentionally harm other students, morally or physically.
Two of our daughters receive regular pullouts for extra reading and writing help. My husband and I have been very pleased with the progress our girls have made this past year. Our 9-year-old, who has dyslexia, went from being a discouraged non-reader to now being able to read simple recipes and beginner stories. She is excited to read. Our 8-year-old, who has cognitive delays, is also starting to read and just last night she wrote her name in cursive. Cursive! At the beginning of the year, she couldn’t write her name at all. I’m amazed and so happy that my girls are gaining confidence in their skills. I know they wouldn’t have had such good progress without the pullouts.
When our autistic son was struggling in a typical classroom setting we met with the team at Jubilee School and came up with an Individualized Learning Program. We can't believe the night and day changes in our son in this last year! Using a program built to help his particular sensory needs and address his behavior issues, the team at Jubilee School was able to focus on the things that our son needed. One of the biggest tools in the Individualized Learning Program was "pull outs" strategically placed thoughout his school day. One staff member would come and take our child out of class to complete either heavy work or some other task that would help address his sensory needs. Our son is now cheerfully attending school, sitting in his classroom and participating, and he has been given the tools to work through things that are hard for him.
To have a teacher wholeheartedly believe in the potential of your child is something that I wish every special needs parent and child could experience. For our family, Jubilee has been nothing short of life-changing. Our non-speaking autistic son has gone from minimal academic output to reading, typing, and zooming through his math curriculum. This has been balanced with appropriate sensory activities and breaks which are very important for our son.
Even with behavioral and academic bumps along the way, the teachers have always been calm and consistent, which is a huge key to our son's success. We are so grateful to have a school that not only holds our son to a high standard but also meets him in his struggles.
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