The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Horizon program is a specialized and intensive intervention program serving students with autism who experience a moderate degree of challenge with social, behavioral, and communication development. 

    Autism Spectrum Disorder is very much a part of our school language here at IS 162, The Willoughby School. We work with students to help them understand their strengths and challenges, promoting self-awareness and self-reliance. A review of individual diagnoses is an important part of the conversation. These discussions set the stage for personal growth. Our holistic approach to education in a safe and supportive school environment makes it possible for students with ASD to realize their potential, advance to higher education, and make their mark on the world.

    Students applying to the ASD Horizon program must submit the application for evaluation to the ASD Horizon Office. 

    ASD Family Resource Guide

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  • Middle School Learning

    Middle School is a critical period in a child’s academic and social-emotional growth. It is a time of transition that can present many physical, emotional, and social changes. Children may have issues with self-esteem, confidence. They may want independence, but still need parental guidance. It is important for you, the parent, to stay involved and know what’s going on in their lives. These years lay the foundation for high school and beyond as students begin exploring and preparing for college.

    Sixth Grade
    When students kick off their middle school experience in sixth grade, they:

    • Read a wide variety of literature, analyzing author styles, word choice, point of view, and structure;
    • Write narratives and arguments while developing language, style and tone;
    • Learn algebra, statistics, ratios, and one-variable equations;
    • Understand different forms of energy and life on Earth;
    • Explore the geography and history of the Eastern hemisphere, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

    Seventh Grade
    In seventh grade, students:

    • Write in a variety of genres and styles, including argumentative essays with multiple perspectives;
    • Solve math problems using rate, ratios, proportions, and percentages;
    • Expand their knowledge of geometry including area, surface, perimeter, and volume;
    • Study the Earth’s surface changes over time;
    • Learn City, State, and U.S. history; from Pre-Colonial times – Civil War
    • Explore visual arts, music, dance, or theater.

    Eighth Grade
    With one full school year left before starting high school, eighth graders:

    • Interpret and analyze a range of texts that prepare them for high-school level demands;
    • Study different writing techniques, including analogy, allusion, and irony;
    • Evaluate the logic and reasoning of argumentative texts;
    • Work with graphs to solve algebraic equations, use the Pythagorean Theorem, and analyze 2D and 3D figures;
    • Identify how humans affect the environment;
    • Study the laws of motion that explain the movement of objects on Earth and across the Solar System;
    • Explore the Reconstruction, industrialization, global war, and modern eras of U.S. history;
    • Expand knowledge of visual arts, music, dance, and/or theater.

  • Information on Remote Learning

    Remote learning allows teachers to deliver their lessons online, and students can complete assignments, projects, and assessments just like they would in the classroom. This will create an opportunity for students and teachers to interact online and allows students to continue learning subjects and material that are a key part of their curriculum.

    How do I get an internet-enabled device if I do not have one?

    We are also asking families to complete a request a device survey sharing their best contact information over the next few weeks as well as whether they have access to a smartphone, a laptop/tablet/computer, the internet, or none of the above. We will use the information to prioritize device distribution and inform families of pickup location.

  • Timeline for Learning

    Below is a possible timeline for when families will be able to opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis.

Timeline for Learning