Banyan Elementary School
Banyan Elementary School
Banyan Elementary School is a New Jersey Department of Education approved, private, non-profit school for students whose academic and social development have been compromised by learning disabilities, and who require an intensive, individualized approach to instruction. Learning challenges can include: dyslexia; reading, decoding, and comprehension deficits; attention deficit disorder; Asperger's syndrome; visual/spatial processing disorders; moderate cognitive deficits; fine/gross motor incoordination; auditory processing dysfunction; short/long term memory; and difficulty with organization/study skills.
The Reading Program offers instruction and remediation in reading
comprehension and a variety of reading skills. Banyan School is an accredited Wilson Partner School and incorporates Wilson Reading Systems® into the Reading Curriculum.
The Language Arts/Writing Program offers instruction in grammar and written expression. The writing component includes personal narratives, descriptive essays, research papers, persuasive paragraphs, and expository writing.
To provide a multi-sensory approach in both reading and spelling. Decoding is an important part of the curriculum. Based on Orton-Gillingham prinicples, the Wilson Reading System® builds word attack skills teaching sounds and syllable types.
New words that have been introduced in
Reading classe are reinforced as part of the Vocabulary curriculum. This approach provides multiple exposures to new words, since vocabulary words are often chosen from novels.
Banyan School's Mathematics Program offers small individualized groups and focused instruction using a variety of materials and strategies designed for students with special learning needs. Emphasis is placed on the application of math skills to real life.
The Science Curriculum provides participatory instruction through hands-on activities. A multi-sensory learning experience is enhanced through the application of technology.
Covering a wide array of topics, the Social Studies Curriculum includes New Jersey and American history, from the Native Americans through the Second World War, as well as map skills, civics, current events, and ancient civilizations. Students are engages in multi-sensory lessons that help them grasp important concepts and make real world connections.Technology and educational videos are heavily infused into the lessons as well as hands-on projects hat challenge the students to understand the past. Students learn firsthand about the election process, giving back to the community, planning activities, leadership skills, and what it takes to make important democratic decisions through Banyan School's Student Council.
Students are given the opportunity to transfer skills learned in the classroom into a real life shopping experience. On a regular basis, all are provided guidance as they shop for healthy snacks and school supplies, using real money. While the inventory is generously donated by the PTO, students are responsible for the running of the store and learn what it takes to run a business as they keep track of profit, expenses, and inventory.
Special Subject AreasThe overall curriculum is enhanced with the provision of Health and Physical Education, Art, and Music education courses.
Related ServicesBased upon individual needs, Counseling, Speech/Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are all available for students. A therapeutic listening program is offered during the school day to students who might benefit from this approach.
Extended School Year (ESY)
Banyan Elementary School offers an annual extended School Year program annually during the month of July.