Differentiation and Student Support
St. Richard’s strives to promote a nurturing community for students to become independent learners, to become self-aware, and to maximize their unique talents.
Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of each individual learner. Small-group differentiation, hands-on manipulatives, leveled materials, and whole-group learning are used as part of every day instruction. Our small class sizes, maxing out at 20 in Grades 1-8, are optimal for the learning process.
While students at St. Richard's primarily have average to above-average academic abilities, we provide academic and social support services that help all students achieve their academic and developmental potential.
Two full-time Learning Support Specialists provide in-class support as well as small group pull-out instruction for students in all grades.
Social and Emotional Support
St. Richard’s strives to be a highly diverse and welcoming environment in which all students feel accepted and supported. We make every possible attempt to create a learning environment that engages students’ strengths and effectively addresses areas needing growth including topics related to social and emotional development. Our licensed school counselor provides age appropriate classroom lessons with topics ranging from relationships, conflict management, naming feelings to suicide prevention, internet safety, and leadership. Students are able to meet with the school counselor one on one or in small groups for help with academic goal setting and planning, college and career readiness or grief, anxiety, and divorce. Our counselor works in partnership with students, parents and outside providers to encourage our students success.