Academics

Sonnenberg School: Academic Excellence Focused on Serving Every Learner

One of the few organizations in the country designed specifically to meet the needs of students on the Autism Spectrum, Sonnenberg School ensures that all students receive an outstanding education from highly qualified and caring teachers. We work to help every child develop his or her unique gifts and talents to the fullest potential. Students grow intellectually and socially – ready to tackle any challenge in or outside of school.

Helping students thrive in a safe, supportive environment is central to our teaching philosophy.  

Meeting all requirements of a high-quality elementary education, Sonnenberg School ensures that students are well-prepared for high school and beyond.

 

Our core curriculum consists of:

  • Reading/English Language Arts/Handwriting

  • Math

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Healthy Living/Life Skills

  • Physical Education/Art/Music

 

Reading/English Language Arts/Handwriting

Students learn to decode words, develop fluency, increase vocabulary, and use comprehension strategies through our reading curriculum.  They are exposed to literary genres such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and digital media. An emphasis is placed on guided reading through our Reading Mastery literacy and phonics program. Each student is also encouraged to grow as writers through our use of "Learning without Tears" program for handwriting and functional skills in fine motor skills. Our English Language Arts program allows students to develop the skills of listening, speaking, spelling, grammar, writing, and handwriting.

Math

Through the use of the Zearn Mathematics program, students develop necessary skills that allow them to be problem solvers.  Intentional focus on foundational skills, such as identifying shapes and patterns, understanding addition, subtraction, multiplying, dividing, exponents, fractions, and data analysis.

 

Science

Students study nature and the physical world by testing, experimenting, and measuring to gain knowledge of scientific concepts through the use of the Core Knowledge Listening and Learning Strand curriculum.  Students are encouraged to develop their auditory processing skills, as well as application of content knowledge through the use of the program. 

Social Studies

Through our social studies curriculum, students are able to better understand the community and the world through use of the Core Knowledge Listening and Learning Strand curriculum.  Students study history, government, geography, citizenship, and other cultures.  Students also learn to appreciate their role in society, to identify the importance of cooperation, and to know their rights and responsibilities as effective leaders in the community.

Healthy Living/Life Skills

Students participate in daily healthy living/life skills classes, which focus specifically on healthy living, self care habits, nutrition, character development, and vocational skills in order to ensure that all students are well prepared for life after their school experiences. 

Physical Education, Art, and Music

Sonnenberg School also offers physical education instruction daily, with a special emphasis on developing the gross motor skills of our students. We emphasize the importance of fitness and health and teach skills that foster a love for being active. Art and Music are also integrated throughout the school day as a part of our curriculum in each grade level.