Academic Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

Elementary Curriculum

(1st Grade – 8th Grade)

ATG Learning Academy follows the curriculum set by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools.
Students in 1st through 8th grade must take the following subjects every year:

  • English, including listening and speaking.
  • Reading.
  • Spelling.
  • Writing.
  • Mathematics.
  • Science.
  • Social Studies.
  • Health.
  • Physical education.
  • Art.
  • Music.

Students in 1st through 8th grade must take the following subjects at least once before 9th grade:

  • History of the United States.
  • History of Pennsylvania.
  • Geography.
  • Civics.
  • Safety Education.

High School Curriculum

(9th Grade – 12th Grade)

ATG Learning Academy’s High School curriculum gives our students the opportunity to graduate with a well-rounded education.
For a detailed look at our course curriculum, download the following guide in the format of your choice:

Graduation Requirements

Our requirements follow the minimums required for Pennsylvania public schools:

  • Math Courses 4 credits
  • English Courses 4 credits
  • Science Courses 4 credits
  • History Courses 3.5 credits
  • Phys Ed 2 credits
  • Health Ed 2 credits
  • Language Courses 2 credits
  • Computer Science .25 credits
  • Senior Projects 30 hours
  • Community Service 40 hours

Specialty Programs

Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program is a suite of cognitive programs designed to address a series of cognitive functions underlying a range of specific learning difficulties. The programs target several areas of cognitive functioning involved in learning.

Each cognitive program has a series of intensive and graduated tasks designed to address a specific area of cognitive functioning. The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to identify and strengthen a series of weak cognitive areas that affect learning, and each student works on cognitive programs that are individually designed for their areas of learning difficulty.

Upon completion of the program, the student’s increased learning capacities support efficient and effective self-directed learning.

PART-TIME ARROWSMITH PROGRAMS
We also offer part-time programs for students and adults who may not be able to enroll in the full time day program.

ATG Learning Academy is the only school in Pennsylvania for children with learning differences that is certified to teach the Arrowsmith Program. We encourage you to visit the Arrowsmith Program website for a comprehensive look at the 35 years of neuroscientific research done on the Arrowsmith Program.

Wilson Reading Program

The Wilson Reading System is the foundation of all other Wilson programs. Based on Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS is a highly-structured remedial program that directly teaches the structure of the language to students and adults who have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies, or who may require multisensory language instruction.

The Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. It thoroughly teaches the foundational skills of the Common Core State Standards, and supports the reading standards, writing standards, and standards for language.

The Wilson Just Words is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4–12 and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention.

Cellfield Program

Since 2002, Cellfield has been helping people overcome their dyslexia. A patented intervention was designed that creates conditions of accelerated brain plasticity, which enables Cellfield to address those causes. Cellfield tests reading progress with all students with dyslexia using independent University standard assessments over the course of a 20-week program.

Therapies

  • Speech therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist

Executive Functions Program

  • Working memory and recall (holding facts in mind while manipulating information; accessing facts stored in long-term memory.)
  • Activation, arousal, and effort (getting started; paying attention; finishing work)
  • Controlling emotions (ability to tolerate frustration; thinking before acting or speaking)
  • Internalizing language (using “self-talk” to control one’s behavior and direct future actions)
  • Taking an issue apart, analyzing the pieces, reconstituting, and organizing it into new ideas (complex problem solving).
  • Shifting, inhibiting (changing activities, stopping existing activity, stopping and thinking before acting or speaking)
  • Organizing/planning ahead (organizing time, projects, materials, and possessions)
  • Monitoring (self-monitoring and prompting)

Extended School Year (ESY) Program and Tutoring Services

For children that need more time and attention in school, ATG offers the ESY (Extended School Year) Program.
Fee Schedule Changes Annually and is Available Upon Request.

ESY

  • An 8 week program, with direct instruction in Math, Reading, and Language Arts

Tutoring

  • Language Arts
  • Vocabulary
  • Wilson Language Program
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics Primary and Secondary
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies

Credit Courses for Make-up or Additional Credit

  • Earn academic credits for any course through high school (ask about after high school credit courses)
  • 36 Hours for 1 credit
  • One on one

Test Prep for SAT, ACT, and PSSA

  • Practice and review
  • Improve scores
  • Test apprehension reduced
  • Obtain speed and accuracy
  • Develop a powerful positive mindset

Please contact us for program pricing and payment options at 267-803-1751 or info@atglearningacademy.com. Some promotional programs can be seen in the News section on this website or on Facebook for additional discounts. There is a 10% discount for all military families.


Adult Program

ATG Learning Academy’s Arrowsmith Program offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives rather than settle for a lifetime of compensations and accommodations. Students attending the Arrowsmith Cognitive Program at ATG Learning Academy become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and are empowered to achieve their goals of academic and career success.

The Arrowsmith Cognitive Adult Program at ATG Learning Academy is a specifically designed cognitive brain-training program for adults who have experienced difficulty transitioning into college, University or the workforce because of a learning disability.

Often post high school individuals discover that the compensation techniques and accommodations used in high school do not transfer into employment or higher education arenas. This can prevent individuals from meeting expectations in the workplace, or achieving their personal goals for success.

The ATG Learning Academy Arrowsmith Program targets specific cognitive areas underlying the disability. This neuroscience-based method has proven results, empowering individuals in their ability to understand and learn, improving their quality of life, and having more opportunities for success in the competitive world of employment or higher education.

There is no other program for adults with such comprehensive options. Prescribed brain exercises strengthen weak cognitive areas improving the capacity of the brain to learn. These exercises were developed by Arrowsmith School in Toronto which has used this program successfully since 1978.

Exercises focus on specific brain functions that are responsible for memory, reasoning, planning, organization, processing, visual-perception, visual-motor, listening, social perception, and speech language, targeting specific disabilities as described in the 19 Learning Dysfunctions. Students are typically prescribed a two to four year program, with a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week-over 5 class sessions. Fully-trained cognitive teachers inspire each student and create an environment of compassion, acceptance and encouragement.

The typical adult student:

  • Is 18 years old or older
  • Is of average or above average intelligence, yet has demonstrated difficulty in academic and/or social situations due to the combination of his/her cognitive weaknesses
  • Has a combination of the learning difficulties that are described in the 19 Learning Dysfunctions
  • Does not suffer from emotional or behavioral disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program