Academics

Lower School

Our Lower School Division of grades 3-5 focuses 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:

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

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

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

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

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

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

     
  • 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 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards with smaller groups that focus on learning styles

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

     

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 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 Kindergartenelementarymiddle 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 Challenges, 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.