Differentiated Instruction

We strive to meet each student's individual needs by providing opportunities to demonstrate mastery of skills and concepts in a variety of ways: writing, oral presentations, simulations, and creative hands-on projects.

Teachers carefully assess children in literacy and math to track progress and ensure that school and family are working together to support the student.

Advanced classes offer students the chance to stretch themselves academically. All students are encouraged to seek out faculty members with specialized knowledge to further pursue their passions.

Learning Support

Foote's Learning Support Program provides specific skill instruction to students who need targeted academic support. Five full-time learning specialists collaborate with classroom teachers and families to help students with a broad range of learning profiles, working with students one-on-one and in small groups. The Learning Support model is designed to help students build confidence and succeed in a challenging academic program.

After reading Paul Fleischman’s The Borning Room, one seventh grader got creative for a book project, constructing a 3-D model of the room that collapsed when folded.

Student choice and reflection can both be extremely powerful tools for differentiation. The faculty empower students to take ownership of their own learning which then informs the choices teachers make about the learning program.

Beth Mello, Head of Lower School