In general, many of our kids don't feel like they "fit" in school. For some, that is because of learning disabilities, either diagnosed or undiagnosed. For others, anxiety prevents them from attending class or paying attention once they get there. Others will only engage in schoolwork for teachers that they like-- and they don't like many of them. Homework is a struggle to remember, to complete, or to submit to teachers. Easily frustrated, our students don't trust that they can complete work successfully, so they don't. The bottom line is that most of our students don't trust that teachers have their best interests at heart, nor do they trust themselves to be able to succeed in school.
To help our struggling learners, we use a combination of individualized instruction provided through online courses and classroom instruction led by Missouri-certified teachers. This mix of instructional modes allows us to find and focus on a student's strengths. Our small class sizes of 6-10 students allow our teachers, coaches, and tutors to get to know students well. Two special education teachers provide instruction through "pull-out" classrooms and "push-in" co-teaching in the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies. In addition, two of our teachers are dual-certified in special education and their subject matter content.
While our fully accredited school offers a range of core subjects and electives, our primary goal is helping students learn to regulate their emotions and their behavior in a classroom. Although a few of our students will graduate from CALO, most of our students will return home to conventional schools with normal expectations. Using our relationship-based approach, we strive to help students become a more self-aware learner who is comfortable in a classroom.
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