A WHOLE-CHILD EDUCATION
2e & Gifted Learning
The Lang School prepares twice exceptional (2e) and gifted learners for college and life by offering a progressive education that challenges and supports them academically, socially, emotionally, and kinesthetically in the context of classrooms of ability and affinity peers. 2e & gifted children have a unique set of social-emotional and intellectual needs, and we embrace them all, meeting students where they are and empowering them to achieve their next level of excellence.
For students in grades K through 12, Lang's academics are based on a cross-curricular MESH™ (Math, Engineering, Science + The Humanities) approach combined with curated Common Core Standards. In other words, we re-integrate the ethics and poetics of the humanities (philosophy, history, literature, and all of the arts) into STEM & STEAM approaches to teaching and learning. Across content areas, curricula and lessons are guided each school year by a scalable, unifying, school-wide theme. Last school year, the theme of “Power and Energy” wove through and bridged the social-emotional and academic domains. Our Lower and Upper School students explored how Power and Energy influenced their learning, daily lives, and daily decision-making.
At Lang, we emphasize the development of critical thinking and questioning skills in both our academics and in our social-emotional learning program. Our partnership with students and families leads to a renewed trust in the possibility that school can be the impetus and locus for authentic learning, success, and inspiration.
A tailored multi-disciplinary plan is created to target each child’s unique needs in a classroom context, where extensive enrichment and acceleration options complement our robustly differentiated curriculum for grades K through 5. We employ evidence-based practices — OTMP/OST, Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), Zones of Regulation, Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), daily report cards & more, as needed — to develop self-awareness and self-regulated learning.
We prepare 8th to 12th graders for college by incorporating their unique needs and passions into each school day, offering early opportunities for the development of individual talents, which keeps motivation at the heart of each school day. Our integrated interventions include OTMP/OST (to develop executive functions), SRSD, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), CPS & more, as needed. In BASIS classes, students receive academic acceleration or support 1:1 from content-area specialists.
In our Lower School, teachers differentiate curriculum, instruction and class / homework, so each student in the classroom receives an education that fits (and continues to fit) as students mature and individual needs change. A full slate of empirically validated academic and social-emotional supports remediate and accelerate to adapt to each student’s strengths and challenges in each subject. Beyond the three R’s, a wide range of specials classes enrich each day. Our Talent Development program starts young with KidWorks, which gives each child the chance to find areas of passion that can be systemically nurtured and woven into their experience of school as a home base for joyful learning.
The tailored curriculum and instruction of our Upper School dovetails with and expands on the Lower School’s focus on classroom-based instruction, so students are empowered to take ownership of their learning process and goals as they gradually prepare for college. 6th to 12th graders continue to access a menu of empirically validated pull-out and push-in supports, as needed, to advance their learning and specialization. In BASIS classes, students receive 1:1 academic acceleration or support from content-area specialists. We incorporate students’ unique needs and passions into each school day, offering opportunities for the development of individual talents (IndieStudies) that become the foundation for a college major and keep motivation at the heart of each school day. Beyond taking college entry requirements and college level courses, our Upper School students choose their electives, acquire mentors, develop a portfolio, apply for competitive summer programs, and intern during the school day.
Across grades, a multidisciplinary plan is created that targets each student's unique needs in the context of a classroom of peers, where extensive enrichment, acceleration and remediation options complement our robustly differentiated academic curriculum. We employ evidence-based best practices — a broad range of executive functions training programs (OTMP/OST, SRSD, etc.), Positive Behavior Supports, Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, daily report cards (DRCs), self-reflection ("Big G"), a consonant collection of skills- and goal-oriented therapeutic approaches (Zones of Regulation, CBT, DBT), as needed — in order to improv student self-awareness, increase the ability to ask for and leverage help, and develop a self-regulation toolkit in the social-emotional, behavioral, sensory/physical, and academic learning domains that students will take with them when they graduate from our program.