Diener School

Address:
Get Directions11510 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
County:
Montgomery County
Phone:
301-299-4602
Fax:
301-299-4603
Website:
Referral Contact(s):
Noreen Buchanan
Disabilities Served:
Capacity of Facility:
45
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I General Education
Ages Served:
5-12
Grade Range:
K-6
Private Pay Students Accepted:
yes
Setting:
Day
Before and/or After School Program:
yes
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
no
Wheelchair Accessible:
yes
Hours of Operation for School Day:
8-3
Length of School/Program Year:
10 month
Program Description:
About The Diener School The Diener School provides a developmental, educational, and therapeutic environment for students K - 6th grade requiring smaller class sizes and individualized attention. Students will learn experientially, with much repetition, through a variety of multi-sensory, collaborative approaches. The cornerstone of The Diener School, the "Diener Pyramid of Learning for the Whole Child", provides our students with a h...olistic approach that promotes academics, cognitive functions, constructive social, language and sensory experiences and real life organizational skills. The faculty, in concert with experts in all disciplines will work collaboratively to create a nurturing yet challenging environment empowering children to think independently and have a strong sense of self and spirit. The Diener School's academic curriculum follows the Maryland State Voluntary Curriculum. Our therapeutic curriculum includes social skills, speech and language, sensory, movement and the arts. The Diener School believes strongly in the connection between movement and learning. We provide our students with daily movement including two days of fitness for health. During our fitness for health classes, our fitness instructors emphasize skills such as visual motor coordination, motor planning, sensory activities and hand-eye coordination, through creative and fun activities! Our movement also includes sports skills such as lacrosse, t-ball, soccer, and basketball. Included in our fitness program are weekly yoga and dance. Our holistic curriculum incorporates all of the arts to provide our students the opportunities for creativity and reflection. Students participate in weekly art, drama, music as well as art clubs which emphasize fine arts and art history. We integrate our therapeutic strategies within this curriculum. Our therapists and academic tutors meet with teachers regularly to discuss academic goals, themes and lessons. Therapists are in classrooms each morning infusing sensory, language and motor exercises within our academic periods. Student to teacher ratio is typically 4:1, although sometimes smaller than that. Our classrooms have no more than 8 students and a full time special education teacher and full time assistant in each room.
Related Services:
Occupational and speech therapy, yoga. fitness, science and art.
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