Curtis Blake Day School

The Curtis Blake Day School (CBDS) of American International College has been providing high quality services to language learning disabled (LLD) children since 1981 and, more recently, to children diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disability. We describe our curriculum as "driven" by the speech/language staff. Much new research by the National Institutes of Health has provided powerful empirical results on "interventions that work." Because of the causal role that language plays in the development of reading, the expertise of the speech/language pathologist is sought both as consultant and teacher. Over the past 15 years, this expertise has led the school to develop a unique curriculum using multiple strategies that have proven highly successful. For both the Curtis Blake Day School and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks the belief in "language as power" guides the curriculum.

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"Our son, for the first time, willingly reads and writes to us with pleasure and pride... for the first time I have hope that he will make it and has a bright future ahead of him... you have given me restful nights I have not experienced in 3 years... thank you is too small to measure our gratitude."
- A parent of a CBDS student

Our professional staff, most of whom have been with us ten years or more, continually benefit from professional development opportunities offered through the school and its parent institution, American International College.

The school is a private, special education resource, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide a full-day elementary/middle school program through ninth grade. The Department has regularly praised the Day School for its research-based curriculum and its ability to integrate strategies across every classroom and every subject.

Our typical student has average or above average intelligence, but experiences specific difficulties in written language skills, mathematics or nonverbal aspects of language. Student/teacher ratio is 3:1 with the full time equivalent of four speech/language pathologists who collaborate with the teachers to serve the core language needs of the students.

The school is one of the several programs offered by the Curtis Blake Center of American International College to serve the needs of learning disabled individuals. Because of the unique link between the Curtis Blake Day School and the college, our programs continue to grow out of scientifically based research in areas of reading, oral and written language, cognitive growth and social-emotional development.

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