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25 Years School Age Programs
     

CSA's school-age (K-4th) program is devoted to the needs of children with developmental learning differences who have average to above average learning potential. Several studies have shown that children with speech and language problems at pre-school age have increased difficulty with langugage-based academic skills such as reading, writing skills, spelling and punctuation in the elementary school years.*

To address these student needs, Capitol School offers idividualized, therapeutic school-age classes, led by speech-language pathologists or special educators with with specialized training and experience with young children with learning differences. Each class has a low teacher-student ratio of 2 staff to 12-14 children. Our school-age classes are called Level 3 (K) to Level 7 (4th).

The time and flexibility afforded by the small group setting at Capitol School make it possible to identify, remediate, and maintain important skills on a student-by-student basis. We also enroll typically-developing children (up to 20% of each class) who benefit from our individualized, small-group program and are Peer Models for their language-delayed classmates. This inclusive model benefits both types of students tremendously.

L3-7 Hours: 8:15 - 3:15 M-Th, 8:15 - 1:00 F*
*Friday After School Program (FASP) available from 1:00-3:30

Classes address the following needs:

 
 

• Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
• Language Organization Difficulties
• Word-Retrieval Disorders
• Auditory Processing Disorders
• Reading Disorders
• Dysgraphia
• Dyscalculia and other math disorders
• Attention Deficit Disorders
• Sensory Integration Difficulties
• Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD)**


 
Therapeutic Individualized Instruction  

CSA strives to foster solid language skills and to identify and cultivate each student's individual strengths. Our curriculum includes:

 
 

• Development of expressive and receptive language
   skills
• Training in oral language
• Multi-sensory reading programs
• Multi-sensory mathematics programs
• Writing
• Spelling
• Social Language Development
• Mechanics of Learning


 
State-of-the Art Technology  

Student learning is enhanced through a multi-sensory approach to instruction, and classrooms are equipped with state-of-the art technology including SmartBoard Interactive Whiteboards, classroom iPads, and Soundfield FM systems. Modern computer labs in both classroom wings are used for technology instruction and academic reinforcement activities as a whole class, in small groupings, or for individual instruction.

 

 
"Special Areas" Programs  

Classroom instruction is complemented through our "special areas" programs, which include Music Therapy, Library, Drama, and PE provided by Sportball each week.

 

 
Tuition and Fees  

Tuition rates vary by class level and are included in the application packet. We offer three payments plans:

10 installment plan - for families who register before August, annual tuition is broken down into 10 equal installments. These installments are paid as 2 months deposit upon registration, and then 8 remaining installments paid Aug 1 - March 1.

9 installment plan - for families who register after August, annual tuition is broken down into 9 equal installments. These installments are paid as 2 months deposit upon registration, and then 7 remaining installments paid Sept. 1 - March 1.

Lump Sum plan - families who pay the year in full receive a 1% discount off annual tuition.

Tuition Assistance - We have a tuition assistance program available for families who earn below Austin-area median income levels or who qualify for state assistance programs. For more information about how our scholarship program is administered, please see the program overview.

 

 

Sample Daily Schedule

8:15-8:25
8:30-8:45
8:45-9:30
9:30-9:45

9:45-10:15
10:15-10:45
10:45-11:00
11:00-12:00
12:00-12:30
12:30-1:00
1:00-1:45
1:45-2:30
2:30-3:00
2:45-3:00
3:00-3:15

Drop Off
Gross Motor (Brain Gym, streching)
Math (centers, practice, IXL)
Morning Meeting (Everyday Counts, jobs, calendar, shedule)
Snack and Story
Written Language/Grammar
Morning Centers
Reading/Language Arts
Lunch
Playground
Science/Social Studies
Special Areas (PE, Music, Drama, Library)
Group Activity
Computer Lab
PPP - Pack Up, Playground, Pick Up time

*Excerpted from "Speech and Language Delay in Children," American Family Physician, May 15, 2011

** A child with NVLD is actually very verbal, but has difficulties in skills that are non-verbal (i.e. social skills).