Approved Private Schools
Brandywine School, Glenmoore, PA
Devereux Day School, Downingtown, PA
The Brandywine, Mapleton
and Devereux Day School all offer comprehensive lower, middle and upper school
education through 12th grade. A multi-sensory
educational strategy is used at all schools, employing traditional instruction,
independent learning and technology to individualize a student’s progress in
all academic areas, particularly math and reading. A large focus is also placed on the
transition from school to career, with emphasis on career exploration and the
development of job-specific and communication skills.
student in the Devereux CBHS schools has an Individualized Educational Plan
(IEP), which outlines goals for skill development and the best
strategies by which the student can reach his/her goals. A multi-disciplinary team, including the
individual’s parent(s) or guardian when possible, regularly reviews the plan to
discuss challenges, progress and adjustments to goals as appropriate. Programming is oriented to individual and
group needs based on recommendations of diagnostic evaluation, classroom
observation, and psychological and psychiatric evaluations.
including Job Math
Programs of note:
- School to Career training,
in-school job placement opportunities
- Students learn about workplace requirements and responsibilities, important skills and qualities, career planning and how to conduct job searches. Emphasis is also placed on the ability to read, communicate, solve math problems and manage an income. Newspapers, magazines, technical education, resume writing, interview skills, a Career Fair and trips into the community are integral parts of helping students make the transition from school to work.
- “CAS” Program – Character
Education, Anti-Bullying, and Social Skills
- Designed to improve student outcomes in the areas of character education, anti-bullying and pro-social skill competency
- Comprehensive Study
Skills/Organizational Skills course
students effective skills and strategies necessary to be successful
learners. Students develop organizational skills, study skills and
learning strategies necessary for application across content areas and
for daily living. Topics addressed include: Setting Goals, Organizing
Your Time, Note Taking and Test Taking.
- Student Leadership programs
- Students are encouraged to participate in the “Lead and Learn Academy” enrichment program,
where they are taught leadership skills, self advocacy skills and team
- As Devereux Delegates, students
function as school/classroom representatives, tour guides, peer mentors
and “buddies.” This program promotes self esteem and encourages students
to set goals and work as part of a team.
- “BAB” Be A Buddy program to new
- School-Wide Literacy Program
requires every student to give a verbal report of the books they check
out of the library, encouraging conversation, critical thinking, and
- Special Learning
Scope/School to Career
take a Career Scope® assessment which highlights the test take’s high
interest areas and aptitude strengths.
The Career Scope program generates a report with information on
the test taker’s general math and language skills. Teachers use this
report to show students how academic learning is important in a wide
range of various careers. For example, under the assessment profile,
“The ability to perform arithmetic operations quickly and accurately”
is shown to be important for traditional white collar positions that
require analyzing data as well as for blue collar jobs that involve
tasks such as measuring wall openings to install windows. This
information would then be sent to the math teacher and the student
would receive extra tutoring if needed.
- Life Skills Lab
- The Life Skills Practice program
contains hundreds of 'real-life,' 'hands-on' scenarios that encourage
student confidence in dealing with a wide variety of everyday
- The worksheets are divided into
eight units: Being an Employee, Doing Your Banking, Getting Along with
Others, Getting Organized, Making Decisions, Running a Household,
Understanding Forms and Using a Budget.
- PLATO Learning Program
elementary and special education students, PLATO teaches phonetic
awareness and alphabetic principle through a combination of teacher
directed lessons, interactive computer sessions and daily practice.
These skills are typically taught in grade K-3, but many of the older
students come to Devereux without this knowledge.
- Scholastic Read 180 Program (Mapleton School)
research-based reading practices with technology, combining
instructional, modeled and independent reading components.
- SRA Reading
- Technology in the Schools – in process
Row Sound Field Amplification: Sound
field distribution systems include speakers placed throughout the
classroom and a small microphone the teacher wears around their neck
that transmits their voice throughout the room to improve the audio
output for every student in the room.
This technology does not amplify the voice but rather distributes
the teachers voice equally throughout the entire classroom as if the
teacher is by each of the student’s side at all times.
- SMARTBoards: Research has proven that its use
increases motivation, attention, and time on-task. The SMART Board offers an interactive
medium with features such as sound, animation, and video recordings that
can be used by the teacher during lesson plans. SMART Boards can be used to teach
reading skills with the use of phonological awareness and sight word