In keeping with our philosophy of the development of the whole child, the educational program at Metro Prep operates in a highly individualized manner. Thus our approach is multidisciplinary and is composed of both academic and social/emotional instruction.
Metro Prep Grade School follows the Illinois State Learning Standards to develop a traditional curriculum that is individualized according to the students’ grade levels as well as their ability levels. Teachers prepare lessons to accommodate the different learning styles of the students. This ensures that the students will be working on specific areas of need as dictated by their IEPs. Students in the same classroom may be working at different academic levels. If students need individualized or tutorial attention, the teachers are able to structure their lessons in order to accommodate the students’ needs. Some of our teachers use a structure teaching method to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms. Group instruction usually takes place during science, social studies, physical education and art.
Students attend school Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The instruction schedule breaks the morning into three academic periods. The afternoon begins with a lunch/recess break, followed by three additional academic periods. During the course of the day, one academic period will be devoted to group therapy. Field trips are planned each month in order to incorporate social skills practice in a community setting as well as augmenting the educational experience. Students’ attendance and participation in field trips are based on the individual student’s behavior and the staffs’ discretion.