Multi‐Grade Support Courses

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Life Strategies (Emotional Support)


    Length:  Child Dependent

    Format:  Available Daily

    Description:  The central focus of this course provides those students with IEPs assistance with some of the following (major) areas of difficulty:  coping strategies, relaxation techniques, anxiety concerns, anger management, organizational issues, and relationships.  Students will receive direct instruction in character education, emotional intelligence, decision making, anger management, peer/adult relationships, conflict resolution, and problem solving.  Students will also receive assistance in the areas of dealing with authority, building self-esteem, determining cause-effect relationships, and interacting appropriately with adults and peers.  Students meet individually or in groups from one (1) to eight (8) cycle days.  Placement in this class will be determined by a student’s IEP and/or teacher recommendation.  Specific, direct instruction will be driven by the student’s IEP, goals, and identified social-emotional needs (varies individually).

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  • Math Essentials (6th Grade – 04049609; 7th Grade – 04049719; 8th Grade ‐ 04049809)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Three (3) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description:  This course will remediate and reinforce basic- and/or grade-level computation skills, math reasoning, and problem-solving skills for students who struggle with math by providing small group direct instruction applicable to the mathematics curriculum.  The course uses a diagnostic and prescriptive approach to address individual student needs.  This course supplements general education math courses.

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  • Writing Essentials (6th Grade – 04019639; 7th Grade – 04019709; 8th Grade ‐ 04019839)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Three (3) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description:  This course will address basic writing composition skills for students who have demonstrated below grade-level writing skills by providing small group activities, direct instruction, and guided practice in overall development, organization, content, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics.  The goals of this course are that the students will understand that writing is an ongoing process and students will understand that writing can always be improved.  Additionally, the essential question of “What makes writing worth reading?” will be an overlying theme to student support.  Students are assessed using the RTSD Writing Rubric, PSSA Writing Rubric, and Teacher-made assessments.  Depending upon students’ needs and schedule, eighth (8th) grade students may take this course every other day during an Encore period.

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  • Academic Support Center (6th Grade – 04099969; 7th Grade – 04909979; 8th Grade - 04099989)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Two (2) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description:  This course is designed to assist students for whom organization and/or study skills are areas of need.  Students will be encouraged and given time and assistance to plan, organize, and complete their work across the content areas.  Depending upon students’ needs and schedule, eighth (8th) grade students may take this course every other day during an Encore period.

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  • Reading For Understanding (6th Grade ‐ 04019629; 7th Grade – 04019729; 8th Grade ‐ 04019829)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Every Other Day

    Description:  This course will address strategic reading skills for students who struggle in the area of comprehension.  Strategies and skills which will enhance the reading of fiction and non-fiction text will be taught and can be applied across the curriculum.  Students who take Reading For Understanding do not take a world language course.

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  • EL (English Learners) (6th Grade – 04010618; 7th Grade – 04010718; 8th Grade - 4010818)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description:  English for English Learners (EL) at Radnor Middle School is open to students whose primary language is not English and who meet specific screening criteria.  It is a place to explore the language of the American middle school as well as a place to improve fluency in English.  Students from many different language groups meet each day to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.  Since students spend most of their day in content area classes where only English is spoken, these classes also serve as a place of support in helping students acquire learning strategies that transfer to other academic disciplines and assist them in interacting socially.  The students will be administered the State-mandated ACCESS for ELs® test, which measures students’ progress in the course and serves as part of the criteria for exiting the EL program.

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