Hillside School provides specialized instruction for students from first grade through high school in a supportive environment. We enable students with dyslexia and other learning differences to reach their academic potential and become capable and confident learners.
Key components of Hillside’s program
Small Group Setting
Core Teaching Practices
Academics at Hillside
Every group at Hillside receives remediation from a highly-trained, experienced, and certified teacher in the areas of reading, written language, and math, broken up into three fifty-minute sessions.
Orton-Gillingham Based Instruction
Hillside provides daily skills practice in phonological awareness, decoding, spelling and fluency using strategies from a variety of evidence-based teaching methodologies, including Orton-Gillingham, to best meet the learning needs of each student.
Reading Comprehension and Written Expression
The application of literacy skills is developed through structured vocabulary instruction, examining text structure, and oral and written language activities. By explicitly linking reading comprehension and written composition in an ordered, consistent format, students deepen their understanding of written language.
Multisensory instruction aligns with the Common Core standards as appropriate for each student. An individualized plan is developed with primary goals of building foundational skills and ensuring mastery of concepts at an appropriate pace. Conceptual understanding of math foundations are developed through building models and drawing representations to support the rote application of algorithms.