Day School Levels
The Cyzner Institute Day School offers a weekday school program for children of preschool age through middle school.
Please note that not all services are provided in whole group format and decisions for classroom placement may be more based upon the individual needs of the child and how these can be accommodated through careful scheduling. We do not guarantee a match between chronological age and grade level.
Each child in the Developmental program also receives OT consultation and Speech-Language consultation in the form of small group or 1:1 intervention during the course of every week. There is additional customized care given to those who need to receive special attention and instruction related to feeding and eating. The teacher, assistant teachers, Clinical Director/ BCBA, and Director, meet regularly to discuss student progress and to update instructional and therapeutic programs. Teachers communicate with parents via multiple channels. Additional programs and services are available before and after school to enhance each student’s social and extracurricular experiences.
Developmental Learning I :There are some children who are age-eligible for our Developmental Learning Program who are best served by a more intensive level of support in their programming. Rather than being in one of our traditional development learning classrooms, some children benefit from more intensive intervention encompassing a greater emphasis on 1:1 service to address those developmental and behavioral needs which are deemed significant barriers to early learning. The Director and Team can help guide a family regarding whether this is an appropriate choice for their child and may also suggest placement at any time during a given school year for current students if the need for additional 1:1 is indicated.
Developmental Learning II:/Hybrid Program: This program is typically for children of preschool age up to the age of seven or eight. Developmental Learning is designed to support a child’s overall development and school readiness. This hybrid program integrates intensive therapeutic support and consultation in a small group or 1:1 setting. Classes consist of a small student to teacher ratio. Assistant teachers and other instructors are scheduled to work with the students individually on their programs and/or in small groups for activities such as arts and crafts, computer, gym time and creative arts.
The Developmental Learning, I and II program operates during the school calendar year, from August through May/June.
Kindergarten-Middle School OR Age-Dependent-Grade Level and Level of Independence are factors considered for classroom placement.
Integrated Learning, I and II – Kindergarten through Middle School Programs consist of small classes of student and one lead teacher / staff member. These programs require a higher level of independence than the adaptive programs. Each child has 1:1 time with the teacher / staff during the course of the school day. Assistant teachers also work with students for remedial work as well as academic enrichment. They also work with the students in small groups to reinforce academic skills. Emphasis is also placed upon creating times for working on social skills and self-regulation both 1:1 and in small groups. This piece of our program is essential and required for our elementary school students. This time will not only include social and language skill building but also opportunities to engage in group experiences such as working on art projects or science experiments together. It will also provide time for integration of learning about cultural diversity and building character.
Each child also receives OT consultation and Speech-Language consultation in the form of small group intervention during the course of every week.
We offer two levels of programming for the Integrated Learning Students, Level I and Level II. Placement into these levels is left to the discretion of the Director and Team. Through the admissions process and/or evaluation and placement testing, Level II students must show that they can handle academics near or at their grade level. Level I students can at any time during the year, progress to Level II if deemed appropriate by the Director, and Team.
The Integrated Learning, I and II program operates during the school calendar year, from August through May/June.
(Adaptive Functional Life Skills) Please note that all programs below will only run if there are enough students to fill the classroom.
This program consists of small classes of students and one teacher / lead staff. Assistant time is allocated accordingly. Children are considered candidates for this program when they present with significant delays in the areas of social-emotional skills and independent living skills as measured by standardized or criterion-referenced assessment tools. These children may or may not present with academic delays. They require the intensity provided in the 1:1 and small group time given that they may have difficulty working independently. The goal is to move them toward a greater level of independence and to help them learn how to access their educational, social, and recreational environments. Assistant teachers and staff are scheduled to work with the students individually and in small groups for activities such as computer, arts and crafts, social skills, gym time, and music therapy. This helps to ensure that 1:1 can be delivered by the teacher for each student during the course of the school day. Each child also receives OT consultation and Speech-Language consultation in the form of small group intervention during the course of every week (this is not billable to any insurance benefit program). There is additional individualized care given to those who need special attention and instruction related to feeding and eating. Overall, communication is key. The teachers, assistant teachers, other staff, Clinical Director / BCBA, Assistant to the Clinical Director and Director, meet regularly to discuss students’ progress and to update instructional and therapeutic programs. Parents are required to meet with the Director and/or Clinical Director/BCBA once per semester. Other programs are available before and after school to enhance students’ social and extracurricular experiences.
We offer two levels of this program based on each child’s abilities and therapeutic support needs. Level II serves as a hybrid program, in which some academics are introduced as they pertain to life skills, with less need for intensive 1:1 support and intervention. Level I will focus primarily on life and social skills with more intensive support and behavioral intervention.
Overall, communication is key. The team meets regularly to discuss students’ progress and to update instructional and therapeutic programs. Parents are required to meet with the Director and/or Clinical Director/BCBA once per semester. Other programs are available before and after school to enhance students’ social and extracurricular experiences.
The AFLS program operates during the school calendar year, from August through May/June.