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Grades 3-5 at Woodlynde focus on creating an environment of success for each student and on teaching a curriculum that helps students master core reading, math, and writing skills. Highlights include:

  • No more than 14 students per classroom, with 2 teachers per class

  • Evidence-based, multi-sensory instruction enhanced through technology and assistive technology tools

  • Strategic instruction to develop reading comprehension, math problem solving, written expression, and information processing

  • Sequenced instruction that weaves adequate practice and review toward automatizing skills and freeing working memory

  • Instruction by teachers accredited in the Wilson Reading System® for building phonemic awareness, comprehension, decoding and encoding, and fluency

  • Multi-sensory math instruction based on NCTM standards with smaller groups that focus on learning styles

  • Effective teaching through modeling, micro-units, and clear guidelines, allowing students to achieve "big ideas" and goals one step at a time

  • Development of the whole child through art, crafts, Kodaly music, drama, physical education, buddy activities, and participation in a nurturing community

  • Flexible grouping between grade levels for math and reading

  • Social and emotional learning embedded into the curriculum and division culture through the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching

  • Learning specialist dedicated to grades K-6

  • After-School CARES homework and social program for grades K-6

  • Team for Fun and Dancing Classrooms Philly in grade 5 to prepare students for the social and emotional transition to grades 6-8

Successful Woodlynde Lower School Students:

  • Develop strategies to become independent learners
  • Respond to clarity of guidelines, organizational tools, and modeling of meaningful tasks
  • Learn visually, and through active involvement, not through auditory processing alone
  • Respect others in the community and work toward developing traits for success such as: persistence, responsibility, cooperation, organization, independence, and positive thinking
  • Believe "With the right tools, I CAN," and thrive in an environment where reference tools and problem-solving skills prevent learned helplessness

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.