Summer Programs for High School Students Who Learn Differently
(Includes a new Social Pragmatics Class in 2013!)
Landmark's Summer High School Program offers rising junior and senior students who learn differently a chance to work with trained faculty and staff for a full three weeks. Students take three academic courses each weekday, participate in a robust activities program every afternoon, attend structured academic prep programs four nights a week, attend group programs and activities each weekend and, in group seminars, meet and learn from experts in the field of learning differences.
To be accepted into the program, students must be between 16 and 18 years of age, have completed their sophomore year of high school and be returning to high school in the fall.
NEW in 2013 - Social Pragmatics Track: This track, which will run alongside the existing High School Program, is specially designed for students on the spectrum who have strong academic potential but struggle with social pragmatics. It will focus on helping participants increase their potential for successful social connections while developing stronger academic routines. Students will learn and practice techniques and strategies that will allow them to better manage a variety of social environments. The track will also provide academic stimulation with social cognition embedded throughout the curriculum.
Students will share many activities and classes with the traditional High School Program, but they will also have some special programming aimed at their needs and interests. In particular, this track will feature a more intensive on-campus orientation, separate residential setting and a high faculty/staff ratio.
The objectives of this specialized track are to assist students to:
- Apply self-advocacy skills in academic and non-academic settings.
- Find flexibility within their routines.
- Better understand their own sensory needs and identify coping strategies.
- Integrate strategies and practices for success into academic courses.
- Improve overall pragmatic language skills.
- Develop stronger oral and written expression and outside perspective.
Participants are not required to have a diagnosed learning disability to participate in any Landmark summer program.
Dates & Location
Traditional High School Program
Landmark College • Putney, Vermont
Sunday, July 7 – Saturday July 27, 2013
Social Pragmatics Track
Landmark College • Putney, Vermont
Wednesday, July 3 – Saturday July 27, 2013
About the Programs
The High School Program is all about engagement with serious academic work, writing, learning strategies for success in high school.
We know that not everyone learns in the same way. Our experience with young people who learn differently suggests that a sense of self and a good insight into one's individual learning style can make a big difference in outcomes at school.
No short summer program can possibly solve all the problems students with learning differences encounter. But over the past dozen years, our summer program has given participants a taste of college and an opportunity to join a learning community in which all the members are dedicated to academic achievement, mutual respect and personal change and growth. We offer a learning environment where students—and teachers—understand and share these values.
Our experienced summer faculty will help students:
- Begin to understand individual learning differences
- Develop a writing process that uses proven techniques to write faster, more clearly and with fewer struggles
- Integrate strategies and practices into content courses
- Begin to focus on the development of better daily habits
About the Day
Participants follow the same timetable at each summer program location.
8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Common Breakfast
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Morning Class #1 .
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Morning Class #2
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Free Time
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Class
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Extracurricular Activities
5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free Time, Dinner, Evening Study & Social Time
About the Location
The High School Program is offered on Landmark College's rural Putney campus in picturesque southern Vermont. Putney is located just nine miles from historic Brattleboro, named one of the "The 20 Best Small Towns in America" by Smithsonian Magazine. There will be 120 students in the traditional program and 25 in the social pragmatics track. About half the teaching staff comes from the Landmark faculty. The other half come from the surrounding community.