The Craig School in NJ has just completed Reading and Orton Rooms Renovation
"Transforming Lives at The Craig School in MT Lakes, New Jersey"
"Transforming Lives at Craig," a school renovation that has been designed specifically for the special educational needs of students with learning disabilities has completed a special classroom wing and the entire lower level of the Wilson building. We have completed renovating teaching spaces, ideally for 2-4 students, for focused Reading programs, and the core of our instructional program, the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading. This latest project is the third major one since 2016- including The Reeth Furlong Gymnasium and the second-floor renovation and creation of classrooms including a STEM/Science Lab.
One of the most frequent comments we have heard in the first few weeks since the opening of 8 classroom spaces on the ground floor is "The new teaching and learning space is inspiring as the colors used are replicative of colors in nature and it helps our students focus and maintain a calm and nurturing environment while learning."
The latest renovation features newly designed classrooms that are ideally suited for small group instruction. Research has suggested that small group instruction is efficient and very effective for faster acquisition of essential reading skills. The classroom set up with teacher-supported technology and furniture design is educationally effective for struggling readers- our focus. Our new space enables teachers to better share ideas, learning materials, and educational strategies. Classrooms have been designed with special lighting, noise-attenuating materials on walls and floors to provide an optimal learning environment for Craig's students.
Highlighted classroom features include a Front Row system for amplification, acoustical panels and Biolfillate wallpaper for positive visuals. Similar features to our other previous renovated rooms included standup desks, chairs that rock, yoga ball chairs and hokki stools. The room and furniture functionality compliment and accommodate our style of learner.
Although the latest features are a welcome addition, there is still work to be done. "We will continue to raise funds to improve our facilities on our Mountain Lakes campus and our High School," Tad Jacks, Head of School explains.
As an independent school, The Craig School does not receive major funding from state or federal agencies. The highly specialized educational program is supported by tuition and the gifts of parents, alumni, foundations and fundraising activities.