Middle School - Student Support
At the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, our goal is to provide students with the tools and strategies that they need to become successful, independent, lifelong learners within the rigorous academic setting of a Yeshiva day school. To help all students on the learning spectrum succeed, the JKHA Middle School Learning Lab offers learning support services to eligible children from sixth through the eighth grade, with an emphasis on multi-modality approaches to instruction.
The Middle School Learning Lab at JKHA provides a nurturing environment where learning differences are understood, acknowledged and supported. Working individually and in small groups with special education professionals, Middle School students enhance their understanding of both General and Judaic Studies subjects, while mastering study skills. As students mature, they are also encouraged to practice self-assessment and self-advocacy—skills that are critical to success in middle school and beyond.
The School Psychology Department at the JKHA Middle School is a resource of guidance and support, dedicated to promoting the emotional and social development of our students. Throughout the year the psychology department develops school programming and group activities geared to issues of health, socialization, maturation, and adjustment for the students.
Individual and group counseling services are provided to support students through particular challenges, and to supply them with specific behavioral plans, skills and techniques to function most effectively in the school environment. In addition, the psychology staff collaborates with the administration and teachers as well as individual therapists treating students outside of school, to ensure that students’ individual emotional needs are being supported in the classroom setting. Classroom observations and crisis intervention services are also provided. As well, the psychology staff works closely with parents to address particular concerns, and offers an extensive referral network, helping parents identify community resources to further address social, emotional and behavioral concerns.