The Learning Center
at The Lexington School

What is The Learning Center?

The Learning Center provides a unique and essential service to children with language-based differences by offering an alternative to traditional classrooms. By creating a teaching environment that eliminates the major obstacles to learning, students are able to close the gap between achievement and their potential. Teacher-student ratios of 1:4 will allow for individualized instruction in the core areas of greatest need. In addition, low student teacher ratios will be maintained in other subjects such as science, social studies, computer skills, specials, and social skills.

What is the Purpose of the Learning Center at The Lexington School?

The extraordinary accomplishments of notable individuals such as Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, and Leonardo DaVinci are well known and have contributed significantly to our world. Seldom is it known that all of these people have something in common. They all struggled with learning challenges. By overcoming their challenges, they were able to realize and draw on their incredible talents. Students with language-based learning differences have difficulty learning in spite of having average to above average cognitive abilities and incredible talents. The Learning Center will help elementary and middle school students overcome their weaknesses and harness their strengths allowing them to reach their full potential in school and in life. By giving students the strategies and confidence to appreciate their unique talents, the center will empower them to contribute to our world in extraordinary ways.

The Learning Center Goals

  • To close the gap between academic performance and student potential
  • To provide individualized, multisensory language instruction to develop new pathways for learning to read, write, and spell.
  • To provide students with skills and strategies to succeed in their transition to other schools.
  • To enable students to experience success and to accept and value themselves in a safe, supportive environment by educating the mind, the heart, the body, and the human spirit.
  • To teach students strategies to become independent, responsible learners.
  • To provide support and education to the families of our students.

Something in Common

  • Albert Einstein
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Winston Churchill
  • Walt Disney
  • Thomas Edison
  • Leonardo DaVinci

What are "Language-Based Learning Differences?"

Language-based learning differences affect a person’s ability to process information and learn in one or more of the following areas: basic reading skills, math calculation and/or math reasoning, oral and/or written expression, and listening comprehension. Persons with language-based learning differences have average or often above average intelligence and may excel in one area, while falling behind their potential and peers in another. These challenges are caused by neurological differences, and are often genetic. They do not include learning problems stemming from mental retardation, autism, emotional disturbance, physical handicaps, or disadvantages in the home.

What is our Teaching Approach?

The Learning Center offers a learning environment that is built on trust and acceptance. We teach skills in their smallest components, and through much repetition, help students master each skill before progressing to a higher level. Basic skills are taught through visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic methods based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. Our Language Tutorial class is comprised of five to six short segments, enabling students with short attention spans to stay focused on the immediate task. Vocabulary and an understanding of the printed words are the focus of Reading Comprehension. Multisensory strategies and an emphasis upon foundation skills enable students to reach their potential in math. Content areas such as science and social studies are taught through the development of creative hands-on projects. Computer skills are taught as a tool to foster independence and application of these skills is utilized in most subject areas. Specials such as PE, Art, and Music are also a regular part of the school day. Student’s individual gifts and interests are explored through the Talents Classes of their choice.