Best of Both

Students working on math problems

Blended Approach components

Leschi is truly a special place for a child to learn and grow. No child or family goes unnoticed. We balance academic rigor with engaging, tailored lessons that reach every child.

Montessori Math

Those familiar with a Montessori environment will see an emphasis on conceptual and experiential learning. All Montessori classroom teachers at Leschi are accredited by the state of Washington and have AMS Montessori certification or are in the process of attaining this certification. Montessori Math takes advantage of the use of Montessori manipulatives to drive students from concrete math principles to abstract math learning. This video shows the methods in action.

Classroom

Writer’s Workshop

Leschi is proud to offer Writer’s Workshop instruction in all of our classrooms. All of our classroom teachers have access to this curriculum and teach the units of study in their classrooms. This program gives us the use of research- based curriculum to raise the craft of student writing.

Our philosophy is guided by educational research in the field of literacy. A variety of instructional strategies make up a comprehensive, balanced approach to literacy. In order to be truly literate, students must develop skills and strategies in both reading and writing. Students read individually, in small groups, and benefit from instructional lessons at their level.

Reader’s Workshop at Leschi

Reading or Reader’s workshop emphasizes the importance of student engagement and the interaction between readers and text. It provides differentiated instruction in reading. Reader’s Workshop focuses on the teaching of reading strategies. The purpose of Reader’s Workshop is to foster independence among readers.

There are seven important strategies that all readers must be able to apply to text in order to read and understand content. The seven strategies are:

  1. Making Connections
  2. Creating Mental Images
  3. Making Inferences/Drawing Conclusions
  4. Asking Questions
  5. Determining What Is Important
  6. Synthesizing
  7. Monitoring Comprehension and Meaning

Teachers monitor these components of a student’s progress by observing:

  • Shared Reading (students practice comprehension and phonics skills on the same text together)
  • Interactive Read Aloud (teacher models comprehension and print strategies; students experience turn+talk time)
  • Independent Reading (teachers have one-on-one conferences with students who are reading at their just right levels)
  • Guided Reading (students meet in small groups with teacher, reading texts at their instructional levels)
  • Word Study (students study the spelling patterns of words at their instructional level)

National Science Foundation Inquiry-Based Science

All students are able to investigate scientifically in order to construct and acquire conceptual understanding of their world, develop positive scientific attitudes, and become scientifically literate. This is accomplished through a collaborative, interactive, rigorous science program responsive to the needs of diverse learners.

Students working on math

Spectrum and Advanced Learning

We are an Advanced Learning Options (ALO) accreditation school. This means that students who test into the Spectrum or Accelerated Progress Program are able to stay here at Leschi and hold their designation while receiving differentiated curriculum at the appropriate level. This includes using an ALO report card for each reporting period. Current and future Spectrum/APP students can remain here at Leschi and hold their designation until middle school. 

Special Education Inclusion/ICS

For more information about our special education programs, please contact our principal, Rhonda Claytor (rclaytor@seattleschools.org).

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