The Prospect Program FAQ
The Prospect Program serves students in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades diagnosed with language based learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive functioning weaknesses. The Prospect Program is for students who can be successful, but have not achieved grade level success due to their diagnosed learning disability.
The Prospect Program’s mission is to provide a personalized educational experience that gives students the academic and social skills they need to further schooling as they approach adulthood.
The Prospect Program is founded on the fundamental belief that all children can learn if they are taught in the ways that they need. We also believe that there is a direct link between learning disabilities and creativity. Our educational program is designed to harness students’ creative talents and to use these talents to create a truly strength based educational program.
At The Prospect Program we believe that there is no “one size fits all” solution for remediating learning disabilities. Each student’s program starts with an evaluation of the student’s skills and needs. Then a plan is developed in collaboration with families and other professionals. Our teaching is diagnostic and prescriptive in nature. Teachers are continually evaluating students progress throughout the school day as well as throughout the year. Each student’s program is consistent, structured and highly individualized. This is more than differentiated instruction. Specific resources and strategies are developed for our students to succeed academically.
The Prospect Program recognizes learning disabilities as a spectrum of difficulties related to the understanding and use of spoken or written language, including listening, reasoning, speaking, reading, writing, and math calculations.
The following is a list of the types to learning concerns that our program supports:
- Reading Disorders: This is characterized by difficulty with decoding, spelling, reading fluency, and/or comprehension.
- Disorders of Written Language: This is characterized by difficulties with grammar and punctuation, difficulty organizing ideas, and excessively poor handwriting.
- Math Disorders: This is characterized by difficulty learning math concepts, difficulty memorizing math facts, difficulty organizing numbers, and difficulty applying math concepts to word problems.
- Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders: These are communication disorders in which there are difficulties with verbal and written expression. Expressive language disorders are often characterized by expressive spoken language that is markedly below appropriate level but with language comprehension that is within normal limits. Receptive language disorders are often characterized by difficulty in understanding spoken, and sometimes, written language.
- Executive Function Weaknesses: This is characterized by difficulty with planning, organizing, and managing time. Weaknesses in working memory are common. This difficulty with organization has a negative impact on a student’s academic skills and their ability to form age appropriate social relationships.
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: This is characterized by difficulty with inattentiveness, over-activity, and impulsivity that is out of the normal range for the student’s age and development. Students with ADHD, Inattentive Subtype are most successful in the Prospect Program at Wooster School. The Prospect Program can structure academic programs for students who are distractible and/or inattentive, but not for students who demonstrate significant difficulty with self-control.
Our program does not accommodate students with a diagnosis of Autism nor does it support students whose primary diagnosis is behavioral or emotional. Additionally, the Prospect Program at Wooster is not able to support those students diagnosed with ADHD who demonstrate limited self-control in and out of the classroom.
The Prospect Program is housed on the main campus of Wooster School. It is this unique location that affords our students the most typical access to co-curricular classes with their Wooster peers, like Art, Music, and Makerspace as well as athletics and all grade-appropriate campus-wide events. Simultaneously, the Prospect Program provides a rigorous language-based academic curriculum that includes classes in Literacy (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Science, History and Study Skills. As students progress through the Prospect Program, opportunities to transition into mainstream Wooster classes (like Science and History) may become available.
The short answer is yes, absolutely! Due to the nature of our well-integrated and established program within the Wooster School community, all students enrolled in the Prospect Program are Wooster School students. This is best exemplified in the Prospect Program class schedule that mimics a typical Wooster day where core academic classes account for approximately 50% of the school day. The remaining 50% of the schedule reflects student time in Art, Music, Band, Acting, Jobs Program, Makerspace (Middle School students), Physical Education, Athletics (Middle School students). All of the students at Wooster school comprise a diverse environment of learners. Students in the Prospect Program have achieved great success in many areas on campus. We have great actors and artists, star soccer players, talented musicians and many students who have been elected by the faculty as student of the month.