Inclusion means asking about cultures and beliefs.
Inclusion means valuing multiple forms of communication for everyone.
Long Term Benefits Children at Rise learn first hand that their peers will have a range of abilities different from their own. These experiences prepare them to succeed in public school general education classrooms at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and equip them to participate effectively in their places of employment. All children at Rise acquire the gift of compassion and empathy for people of differing abilities which they will carry with them throughout life. Traditional learners who attended the original Rise school in Alabama over the past decades have overwhelmingly entered “compassionate careers” such as social work, education, and the health professions
For Children with Developmental Disabilities
For children with disabilities, the integrated classroom allows them to observe and model after peers, working to develop the same age appropriate skills and behaviors they see their typically-developing peers exhibit. Modeling is a fundamental learning strategy used by all humans to acquire new abilities. Rise believes that if children with developmental disabilities do not have the opportunity to be with typically developing peers in the classroom setting, we set expectations too low for their development and we deny them the opportunity to learn at a pace with their peers. All children deserve a quality education in which they not only learn from highly qualified teachers but from their peers as well.
Immediate Benefits For All Students
Children with and without disabilities each graduate from the pre-kindergarten program with a strong foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, technology, and self awareness. Our goal is for every child to be a full participant in the general education setting. Visit Rise and you will discover that our children do not see a distinction between themselves – they are simply friends, who play together, learn together and cheer each other on! Every child adds value to each classroom family and overall, our school family.
For Children Without Disabilities
Traditional learners benefit significantly from the inclusive classroom setting. Some are siblings of children with disabilities, family members of Rise teachers, or simply families seeking a preschool with TRS accreditation and a low student to teacher ratio. These children benefit from the intense individual attention allowed by the 3:1 student to teacher ratio; the full academic, physical and social curriculum; and Rise’s full-day and year-round school schedule for children aged 15 months to 6 years – attributes found in few private preschools in Corpus Christi, and in no other program for children with developmental delays.