In keeping with our mission and goals, Chapel Hill Academy’s curriculum and classrooms are designed to provide a comprehensive education tailored to meet the needs of — and focus the strengths of — each student. Our flexible curriculum adapts to the specific goals and objectives in each of our students’ Individualized Education Program (IEPs).
Our challenging curricula are fully aligned with New Jersey’s Common Core Standards, and include instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Studies, Drama, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education.
Our Learning Disability Teacher Consultant (LDTC) meets with all new students to identify the most appropriate class placement based on academic levels, learning style, and peer groupings. The process includes a review of formal records, informal math and literacy assessments, observation, and consultation with the student’s counselor. Students are also assessed 2-3 times a year to ensure continued progress.
Classrooms are comprised of eight to twelve students, with a highly-qualified certified teacher of students with disabilities and a teacher’s assistant. Many are multi-graded to meet a child’s learning needs. All academic classes are scheduled to meet each child’s specific learning needs.
CHA’s Gifted and Talented Program ensures students at every level are challenged and can extend academic abilities.
Students who need significant academic supports benefit from remedial instruction with our Learning Disabilities Teacher or our Reading Specialist for additional support.
The majority of our students graduate and go on to higher education, and college preparation and entrance test prep classes are available.
Students in our high school program may also pursue Certificate Programs to ensure that they are job-ready.
Social skills learning is infused throughout the day at Chapel Hill Academy. Formal social skills classes follow the UMDNJ Social Decision Making and Problem Solving curriculum and provide students with opportunities to role play, and interact with their peers in a fun, informal setting.
Chapel Hill Academy’s instructional strategies are time tested, and continually infused with new insights and knowledge through education and training provided for our teachers and staff.
All students in grades k-12 are expected to complete homework assignments. Homework is intended to strengthen and review skills and knowledge as well as develop organizational skills and responsibilities. The successful completion of homework adds to a student’s overall grades.
There is no penalty for incomplete homework in grades k-4 and students are rewarded for successful efforts. In grades 5-7, homework accounts for 5% of a student’s grade, and in grades 8 through high school, 10%. Exceptions and exclusions to homework requirements may be arranged through consultation with the student’s counselor.
Students are also expected to read at home each evening, which is a practice that is proven to strengthen academic performance across the curriculum.