Curriculum

The school’s curriculum is designed to encourage growth in all areas for children with and without special needs, including social emotional, fine motor, early learning, self-help, gross motor, science, technology, math, and communication to reflect the development of the whole child. Frankie Lemmon School is unique in its focus on communication skills and personal independence. It has pioneered a teaching program that utilizes a combination of verbalizations, signs, pictures, symbols, and voice output devices to support children's communication development. In fact, the school was a leader in the area in adoption of sign language, which enhances children’s ability to communicate while developing verbal skills.

Our Five Star child development center offers:

  • A Birth-Kindergarten certified teacher and a full-time teacher assistant for each class.

  • At least one part-time assistant is available as needed for each classroom. Further support is provided by a group of generous, caring volunteers.

  • The child-to-teacher ratio at Frankie Lemmon School is 1:6 or lower, allowing optimal focus on the needs of each child.

  • All classrooms are equipped with iPads, a SMART Board, and other assitive technology.

  • Music Therapy, Movement Class, Pet Therapy, and Language and Communication Group Sessions are offered to all children.           

  • Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided during the school day. We partner with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Farm to Childcare initiative to offer fresh and local menu items to our students.

Children who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

Prior to entering Frankie Lemmon School, an IEP is created for each child, taking into account the child’s specific learning style and other needs. Parent/guardian input, the child’s current skill level, as well as diagnostic and evaluation results are used to develop a plan that addresses specific skills to be taught and the appropriate sequences. 

This IEP is updated at least once a year and sometimes more often, depending on the child’s progress. The school employs a full-time speech therapist and a full time occupational therapist. The school contracts with therapist for physical therapy and vision and hearing services. Music therapy is provided weekly.