The Hillside School and Learning Center utilizes four proven scholastic techniques to reach and empower students to achieve beyond their challenges. Small class sizes, one-to-one teaching, positive reinforcement and psychological services work together to help and motivate students who have disengaged from learning–whether due to psychological or educational factors.
SMALL CLASS SIZES
Class sizes are limited to between 7 to 12 students throughout the year at The Hillside School. Smaller classes give teachers the ability to interact with each student on an individual basis and also ease the stress some students experience when asked to participate in larger classes.
While some students at The Hillside School require a state-approved IEP (Individual Educational Plan), all students at The Hillside School receive it’s equivalent. Because classes are small and teachers are adept in focusing on the needs of the individual, all our students experience a personalized education. Each student moves at his or her own pace and receives the level of direction and guidance necessary to address their learning issues.
Sometimes, parents and students reach The Hillside School after several attempts at finding the right educational path. Their frustration is tangible–and can lead to a negative attitude towards the school experience in general and toward the student’s self-esteem in particular. At The Hillside School, we begin each student’s journey by tapping into their potential–so that each successive experience helps to build their self-esteem.
Carol Maskin, MFT leads our Psychological Services Department and is an 18-year veteran of The Hillside School and Learning Center. She plays an important role in the student experience and is a popular resource.
On-Site Presence: Carol maintains a regular presence on the campus during our morning sessions so that students get to know and feel comfortable with her. She is available to consult on disagreements, frustrations and other possible inappropriate reactions as they occur.
Individual Counseling: When The Hillside School has students who require individual counseling through their IEP, Carol Maskin is our go-to professional. While she is not available to see non-mandated students, she will refer students to appropriate professionals upon request.
Group Counseling: Carol frequently conducts small group classes on topics that have meaningful psychological aspects. Recently, she met with a group of students about the dangers of video gaming with a class on the latest version of “Grand Theft Auto.” Students frequently ask her to provide insight on specific topics through these classes.