Academics

ACADEMICS

Students at Janus follow a curriculum that is inspired by twenty-first century educational practice, a neurodevelopmental model, and the learning profiles of our students. Following a traditional school schedule, students in Lower, Middle, and Upper Divisions enroll in classes like reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education and health.

Academic success is essential at Janus. The language curriculum is rooted in the Orton-Gillingham method and teaching methods follow best practice. Assessment at Janus is purposeful to guide instruction and learning. We measure each student's progress in reading, writing, and math according to nationally accepted standards.

Unique to Janus, every class immerses and directly instructs students to develop language, language processing, comprehension and critical thinking, and social-emotional skills. Our focus has depth and breadth, looking at what each student needs for long-term success. The Goals of a Janus Education outlines this scope, and our success program in the Upper Division specifically targets post-secondary goals.

The Janus education extends beyond classroom instruction. One-to-one diagnostic tutoring, speech-language pathology and occupational therapy are instructional services offered as part of every students’ flex time- a set thirty minute block in every day devoted to personalized instruction.

Every year, individualized annual areas of focus are developed by each students’ instructional team, and each day, a child's instructional team works to share insights, success stories, and develop strategies for each student. Teachers also emphasize communication with parents, building home-school connection on a regular basis. Personal attention is key; in fact it’s one of the tenets of the Janus Educational Philosophy.

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Goal 1: Basic skill levels commensurate with potential,

or rate of learning predicts intercept with potential

within reasonable timeframe

Goal 2: Study skills

Goal 3: Social cognition/adaptive behavior skills

Goal 4: Tolerance for Frustration
Goal 5: Appropriate and effective self-advocacy
Goal 6: Self-awareness as a student and an individual
Goal 7: Motivation and intrinsic desire to learn

Teaching Methods

Janus believes that there is not one program or one type of method that works well for all our students. With solid grounding from a neurodevelopmental lens, Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking, our teachers differentiate instruction with a strong understanding of every student’s unique learning profile and how learning and language relate.

We utilize a neurodevelopmental model that heightens instructional teams’ abilities to define a students’ learning profile rather than relying purely on a diagnosis. The neurodevelopmental model is composed of eight constructs of learning. Every person has strengths and weaknesses among these constructs which affects teaching, learning, retention, and self-regulation: attention, memory, language, social cognition, higher order cognition, visual spatial skills, temporal-spatial skills, and motor skills.

All of our students struggle with some aspect of language- whether phonics, phonology, comprehension, or processing, expressive or receptive. With Orton-Gillingham and Diana Hanbury King’s Writing Skills as the bases of instruction, a common language and approach to the essentials of reading and writing are promoted school-wide.

Orton-Gilligham is taught by all language arts teachers. In Lower Division, encoding and decoding are emphasized; in Middle Division, phonics and comprehension are the focus, and in Upper Division, elements of Orton-Gillingham are impressed depending on the remediation need of students.

Instruction at Janus is process rather than product oriented to teach students how to learn, move through difficulty, and build confidence. Our goal is to develop independent learners at all levels and the ability to complete daily homework and long-term projects- on time and independently. Assistive technology is another tool we use as an accommodation as well as to support remediation and engage learning.

Flex Services

The flex services are part of every student’s daily schedule.  Within a thirty minute block, tutorial, speech-language therapy, or occupational therapy are scheduled. 

A hallmark of The Janus School academic program is the intensive tutoring program designed to concentrate on his or her greatest needs.  Tutors design a student's tutorial program based upon information from assessment at Janus, classroom performance, tests from prior schools, and evaluations from psychologists and other outside experts. A goal for the student is to better understand his or her learning profile, as well as develop skills necessary to become an independent learner.

Possible tutoring goals may include:

  • Phonological awareness
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Decoding
  • Written expression
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Study skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Assistive technology skills
  • Reference and research skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-advocacy

Speech language therapy is provided by three therapists on staff.  Therapists emphasize language processing, vocabulary, pragmatics, executive function, and communication skills, as well as to support class-specific content and concepts. Therapy sessions are both one-to-one and small group depending on the specific language skills being taught.

Occupational therapy at Janus is provided through a therapist from Therabilities.  Students focus on fine and gross motor skills, as well as executive function and organizational skills.

Assessment

Assessment at Janus provides instructors, parents, and outside professionals relevant information about a student's progress and skill development.  Beyond frequent informal communication between home and school, formal assessment and narrative reports are sent to families three times per year.

Standardized achievement testing, informal assessment, progress monitoring measures, and grades, provides instructors diagnostic information for developing individualized, dynamic instructional programs for each student.  This information also provides parents with feedback and quantitative data for reevaluation and placement purposes.

MAP assessment is completed throughout the year as benchmark testing to guide instruction and monitor students’ individual progress and continuum of learning.

In addition to the testing completed at Janus, the PSAT, SAT and ACT are offered to Upper Division students. Testing accomodations are provided by The Janus School based upon a student's psychoeducational evaluation.

Narrative reports are sent two times per year. The Initial Report outlines a student’s Annual Areas of Focus based on the neurodevelopmental model and individualized goals for each class.  This Initial Report is followed at the end of the year with a Final Report, responding to each goal and how the student progressed to meet his or her goals.

Lower Division

Lower Division is the youngest group of students at Janus, in grades 1-5.  Students in Lower Division are learning and remediating skills in a supportive, nurturing, and closely connected community. Reading and Writing classes are scheduled with the same teacher every morning.

The schedule for Lower Division is based on three trimesters with two hour-long reading and writing/language arts classes, hour-long math, science, and social studies classes, and 30 minute classes for flex, trimester classes, art, and physical education and health classes:

Reading
Writing
Math
Lunch Break
Social Studies/Science
Socialization-Communication/Computer Literacy/Language Development/Music
Flex (Tutorial, Speech-language, Occupational therapy)
Physical Education and Health
Art

Middle Division

The Middle Division is made up of Grades 6 through 8..  Classes are close-knit and provide a supportive environment for students to grow their independence.  Learning, practicing, and applying skills to attain mastery is the focus of Middle Division classes.

Middle Division students are scheduled with two hour-long reading and writing/language arts classes, hour-long math, science, and social studies classes, and thirty minute classes for flex, trimester classes, art, and physical education and health classes:

Reading
Writing
Math
Lunch/Break
Flex (Tutorial, Speech-language, Occupational therapy)
Physical Education and Health
Art
Social Studies/Science
Get REAL/Language Enrichment/Computer Literacy

Upper Division

Upper Division is grades 9 through 12.  The high school program employs a three-part strategy, equally emphasizing academics and remediation; success attributes such as self-advocacy, leadership, and problem solving; and skills emphasizing preparation for a productive and independent life.

The Upper Division schedule is composed of 45 minute classes, and daily 30 minute flex, art, physical education and health, and success classes.  A typical 11th grader schedule follows.

Math
Flex (Tutorial, Speech-language, Occupational therapy)
Junior Success
Art/Physical Education and Health
Lunch/Break
Reading
Writing
Foreign Language / Language Enrichment
Science
Social Studies

Success Program

Students in the Upper Division focus on moving beyond The Janus School in the success program. A specific success class each year provides the framework for students to develop self-awareness, metacognition, personal finance, and study skills, and provides an opportunity for students to set goals and explore post-graduate options. We know that the path after high school is as individual as a student’s learning profile and work collaboratively with parents, professionals, and the student to develop a realistic plan.

During the mornings of the third trimester, all seniors complete internships to explore career interests and practice good employability skills. This internship, coordinated through Janus, is the culmination of success classes and a required course for graduation.

 

Summer Programs 2018

The Janus School Summer Programs are designed to provide extended school year programming for students aged 5-18. Our goal is to help children and their families better understand how they learn without being defined by labels. Students at Janus are given the opportunity to explore their talents and discover new opportunities to grow into engaged learners. Our programs utilize multi-sensory and experiential learning, movement, and nature to help improve memory, executive functioning, and overall

Hands-On Learning with Level Up Village
At Janus we understand students learn best through experience. To enhance our program and provide an authentic problem solving experience, we are partnering with Level Up Village to develop a multi-disciplinary theme-based project focused on the global health issue of clean water access. This thematic foundation for our Academic Programs will focus on speaking and listening skills, engineering design, science and engineering practices, world cultures, and gaining a richer understanding of oneself and alternate perspectives. As an enhancement to this program we are also offering two one-week afternoon sessions of Level Up Village’s Global Inventors program.

For more information view the Summer Program Brochure, fill out our request for information form, or email summer@thejanusschool.org.

To register for the Summer Programs, please fill out the Summer Registration Form and mail it to The Janus School along with your $100 deposit. Then please read, complete, and send in the following forms: Procedures and Policies, Student Information Form, Technology Acceptable Use Policy, Parent Statement, Media Release, and Community Outings Consent.

Academic Program
Meets Monday-Friday, June 25-July 27, 8:30pm-11:45am, Rising grades 1-12, $1,325
Movement, collaboration, hands-on experiences, and outdoor activities are incorporated into all of our Academic Programs. Our Elementary Academic Program utilizes a multi-disciplinary theme-based approach in which math, language arts, environmental science, and movement curriculums are used to advance academic and social skills.  Our Middle and Upper Academic Programs are project-based and also include language arts, math, environmental science, and movement curriculums.  Social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculums are embedded within all of our classes and our language arts instruction is guided by Orton-Gillingham trained faculty. Field trips, community excursions, and presentations brought to the school will be used to anchor student learning and bring our global and place-based themes to life. All students new to Janus, or those who only participate in our Summer Academic Programs, will receive diagnostic tutorial sessions and a detailed report including skill-based, social-emotional, and executive functioning assessment results. A neurodevelopmental model is used to identify each student’s areas of strength and opportunities for growth and instructional recommendations that could be used in the future are provided. Students enrolled at Janus during the school year and those completing admission visits are encouraged to participate in the Summer Academic Programs.

Early Morning Arrival
Meets Monday-Friday, June 25-July 27, 7:30–8:15am, Rising grades 1-12, $350
In order to better accommodate parent work schedules, students enrolled in an Academic Program can be dropped off at 7:30am.

Specialized Two Week Program
READY, SET, GRADUATE!
Meets Monday-Friday, July 9-July 20, 8:30am - 3:00pm, Rising grades 11-post-secondary, <age 21, $1270
This 2-week course is specifically for older high school students and recent graduates. You will dive deep into self-exploration and build group camaraderie to prepare for transition to young adulthood following high school. The program will encompass team building activities, personal interest inventories, group and self-directed projects, field trips, and guest career speakers - all with the focus to build self-awareness, confidence, and social-emotional skills. The program will culminate in a final presentation and report for students’ and parents’ reference.

Afternoon Programs
Our Afternoon Programs are offered to provide enrichment opportunities for students who participate in our Academic Programs and/or those only interested in participating in one or more of these programs:

Outdoor Club
Meets Monday-Friday, June 25-July 26, 12:15pm-3:00pm, Rising grades 1-12, $825
Outdoor experiential learning is the focus of this fun program. You will explore the diversity of Little Chiques Creek, build wilderness survival skills, learn the essentials of trail maintenance, and participate in collaborative games to enhance your comfort level and appreciation for the outdoors. Two days each week you will work independently and in small groups to create nature based art projects. We will also take a daylong field trip to Refreshing Mountain & Adventure Center providing an opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities including a zipline canopy tour.

Letter Learning Lab
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 26-July 26, 12:30-2:30pm, Rising grades K-2, $450
This art and movement class is designed to expose young students to letter formation and their associated sounds through painting, drawing, and physical activity. This class combines Orton-Gillingham and Action Based Learning Lab methodologies to advance a child’s readiness and ability to read. Most painting and art projects will be completed in one class so they can be brought home to share at the conclusion of each day.

Global Inventors
Meets Mondays-Fridays, June 25-29 & July 9-13, 12:00 - 3:00pm, Rising grades 3-12, $475 (Payment for this course is due by May 31, 2018)
In this course you will learn about 3D printing, electricity, and the power of iterative design. Computer Aided Design (CAD) software will be used to create and modify a series of designs intended to engineer solutions to real-world issues. The final project is to work with global partners to create and 3D print a solar-powered light source while exchanging video messages about your project and daily life in each of your countries.

General Payment Information
A $50 Early Bird discount for enrollment in a Summer Academic Program or Ready, Set, Graduate! will be provided to those who fill out and return the Registration Insert and $100 non-refundable deposit by April 2, 2018.

An additional $250 discount will be provided to families with a child enrolled in a Summer Academic Program that pay in full by May 1, 2018.

If payment in full is received for your child’s participation in one or more of the Afternoon Summer Programs by May 1, 2018, a $50 deduction will also be applied.

All final payments (except for the Global Inventors Program ) for participation in one or more of our Summer Programs are due by June 18, 2018.

Technology

The Janus School uses technology throughout our programs to support our mission to provide excellence in education. We are committed to helping our students navigate in this 21st century technology-driven society, teaching and encouraging students to be not just digital citizens, but digital leaders.

Technology contributes to the School’s academic excellence by increasing student engagement with class materials, supporting active learning strategies, better matching teaching and learning styles, fostering communication and collaboration, and developing students’ skills for future learning and work.

The technology you will see at Janus ranges from iPad class sets, to our 1:1 laptop program in grades 6-12, to interactive whiteboards and LCD projectors in all rooms, to assistive technology programs on all devices. With WiFi access throughout the building, students, faculty, and staff have access to the global society and network of information that is the internet.

Through modeling and direct instruction, students learn how to search, analyze, and scrutinize the information they have at their fingertips, developing problem solving skills and learning how to build their digital reputation.

 

Assistive Technology

The Janus School believes that technology can be effective in helping students with their areas of difficulty. This technology, referred to as assistive technology, is explicitly taught in Middle and Upper Division, and is employed in every classroom.

Janus's assistive technology program ranges from Inspiration, a visual thinking and graphic organizing program that helps students with organizing and visualizing information, to Read&Write, a program designed to help students with reading, writing, and studying with tools such as text-to-speech, word prediction, and study skills highlighters.

See the lists below for the assistive technology programs and apps that we use at Janus.

 

1:1 Laptop Program
The Janus School has a 1:1 laptop program in grades 6-12. Each student in Middle and Upper Division receives a Lenovo Yoga Thinkpad that they carry with them throughout the day. Students in grades 12 may take their laptop home, while students in grades 6-11 keep them at school.

iPads
The Janus School has two sets of iPads that teachers can use in their classrooms. Additionally, each teacher has an iPad they use with their class.

Interactive Whiteboards
Interactive whiteboards allow our students to directly interact with their lessons physically, visually and/or aurally. The physical interaction assists with meeting the needs of tactile learners, while the use of videos, animations, and pictures benefits visual learners. The active participation the interactive whiteboards promote helps students with learning disabilities to engage in their lessons in a way that traditional classroom situations do not allow – opening the door for our students to build on their strengths and to demonstrate what they really know.

BYOD
Students can bring their own device to school. Laptops require the permission of the Director of Academics. Students can use their smartphone or tablet in the classroom with the permission of the teacher.

iPad apps
The Janus School uses the following assistive technology iPad apps:

Software
The Janus School uses the following assistive technology software and other programs: