The Craig School was established in 1980 as an independent school for children with learning disabilities in decoding, reading comprehension and written expression. Today it serves 135 students in grades 2-12; grades 2-8 are housed on the school’s Mountain Lakes campus, and grades 9-12 on its Montville campus.
THE CRAIG SCHOOL WAY
There are five essential pieces that have become known as ‘The Craig School Way’: multi-sensory instruction, structured literacy, parent-student partnerships, organizational skills and student development focusing on academic, executive functioning and social-emotional growth.
“We provide a comprehensive school experience to move students toward independence as learners and thinkers in this global society,” says Head of School Dr. Kara A. Loftin. “A student with dyslexia will receive structured literacy instruction as well as access to a full array of activities, from music and art to sports and drama.”
Students also participate in leadership programs in the Lower, Middle and High schools that perform community service for local organizations, such as food banks. “We place a big emphasis on giving back and contributing to our community in a positive way,” Dr. Loftin says.
Perhaps what’s most unique about The Craig School is that students are taught using an adaptive and responsive program within an Orton- Gillingham instructional framework that’s woven throughout every class. This well-established approach includes multi-sensory learning and assistive technology.
Dr. Loftin notes that professional development is another key tenet of education at The Craig School. “Providing opportunities for professional development that not only include knowledge acquisition but hands-on classroom application allows us to offer the best educational programming available for students with learning differences,” she says.
While most schools talk about the importance of meeting students where they are in their educational journey, it’s even more critical with neurodiverse students. “That’s why we offer very individualized academic programs that are carefully and thoughtfully put together for our students,” Dr. Loftin says. “Assessment, observations and parent interviews inform our students’ educational plans, and that’s coupled with high-quality teaching to provide the tools for our students to shine.”
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