Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, The Glenholme School provides a comprehensive curriculum for students of all ability levels that leads to a high school diploma. College preparatory courses are labeled with course content titles. Courses for students with moderate specialized learning needs are denoted with the term “core” as in Core Algebra. These courses reflect modifications made to make the course materials and learning more accessible. Courses for students with greater learning needs carry the label “applied” as in Applied English. These courses provide greater modifications for text complexity, pacing, expectations and teacher assistance.
At Glenholme, a strategies approach to learning is utilized with all students. Based on individual strengths and weaknesses, specific strategies are instructed and supported throughout the education program. The approach incorporates strategies for organization, study skills, note taking, reading decoding and comprehension, pre-writing and writing, problem solving, test taking, technology use, cooperative group process, task completion and mathematical systems. Whenever necessary, teachers modify instructional materials and their instruction to meet each student’s present learning style and ability.
Character education, study skills, critical thinking skills, organizational and creative problem solving skills, cooperative learning skills and positive self-advocacy skills are all integrated throughout instruction to help form more independent and motivated learners. Emphasis on living and social skills and a value-based community guide students on a path of personal accomplishment and growth.
The Glenholme School partners with VHS (Virtual High School) Collaborative to provide students the opportunity to expand their course options through an on-line education forum. Advanced learners and college-bound students benefit tremendously from learning to navigate the on-line forum and by taking challenging courses including AP level classes. Students in the on-line program are overseen by a Glenholme teaching faculty member and receive Glenholme credit for their work. As we work together with VHS Collaborative to build an effective model for a 21st century education, Glenholme provides one of its teachers to the cooperative. VHS is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Education and the Northwest Accreditation Commission.