Student Support Services
MCDS blends progressive and traditional elements to offer students a challenging, developmentally appropriate kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum. This enriched program is intentionally designed to engage, nurture and support students with a range of abilities, learning styles, and social and emotional profiles.
Student Support Services, a team of learning specialists, school counselors, and a consulting neuropsychologist, monitors the development of academic, social, emotional and behavioral skills that lead to effective learning for all students.
MCDS recognizes that children have different learning styles and rates of growth and development. Student Support Services provides instruction to all students in areas such as literacy, learning and the brain, social thinking, communication skills, and strategies for organization and self-regulation.
When a child struggles or does not seem to be making progress in a particular area, Student Support Services collaborates with faculty and the child’s family to address concerns and facilitate progress.
Student Support Services team members are proactive in their effort to identify needs, make an effective plan, and monitor progress. Meeting needs involves a wide range of support, and can take the form of an accommodation or small group instruction, or may include a recommendation for one-to-one support.
Our services for students and families include the following:
- Collaborating with teachers, other specialists and administrators
- Monitoring the progress of all students, including any accommodations or support
- Screening for skills progress
- Teaching whole-group lessons
- Instructing small groups, in or outside the classroom
- Consulting with parents about learning, social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues
- Making referrals
- Supporting and educating parents
Our goal is to help MCDS students thrive. Student Support Services is committed to a team approach, differentiated instruction, early identification for effective intervention, and clear and confidential communication.