How do you address needs identified by a student’s psycho-educational evaluation and any other special needs?

After thoroughly reviewing each student’s file of educational information sent from their previous school and submitted by parents and meeting with each parent at the fall parent-teacher conference every student is provided an accommodation plan at the beginning of the each year and this information is reviewed regularly by the staff.  The following academic interventions are components of the regular curriculum of Benton Hall Academy:


  • Test for mastery (pre and post)
  • Curriculum modified for appropriate cognitive level
  • Multimodal instruction
  • Multimodal directions
  • Examples of task to be completed
  • Steps for completion of task described
  • Initial practice
  • Independent practice
  • Group practice
  • Peer tutoring
  • Small group instruction
  • Individualized instruction
  • Flexible assignment time
  • Enrichment


  • Cursive or manuscript writing permitted
  • Dictation of answers allowed
  • Typed, computer generated assignments accepted
  • Copy of class notes provided if necessary
  • Written assignments shortened
  • Written assignments grade on quality of content


  • Homework amount modified to provide successful completion in a reasonable time (½ to 1 hour)
  • Parental monitoring of homework completion
  • Homework assignment book/sheet


How do you balance strategies necessary to appropriately challenge students to realize his/her full potential without overwhelming him/her?

Teachers work very hard to assess each student’s progress through both formative and summative assessments.  Teachers are able to talk to students, gauge progress and and read students body language and behavior during class and have the flexibility to make adjustments on a daily basis.


How much and what types of communication methods are utilized by teachers to inform parents of their child’s progress?

In the lower/middle school a red folder is sent home each day with a ‘Point Sheet’ that communicates behavioral information and a ‘Homework Sheet’ that communicates academic information.  Also, parents have access to Sycamore Education which is our student management system.  Progress reports are posted every 3 weeks and report cards are posted every 9 weeks.  In addition, all teachers are readily available by e-mail and try to respond within 24 hours.


Are there planned parent-teacher conferences? How many and how often?

There are two scheduled parent-teacher conferences.  One in September and one in March.  Parents are able to schedule a conference with one or more teachers at any time during the year if needed.


What classes are offered to middle school students?

All students take a math, reading, language arts, social studies and science class.  They also take enrichment which varies from year to year but can include art, music appreciation, social skills, handwriting, and keyboarding.  Recess and PE are provided on a daily basis.  All students end the day with a study hall.


What electives are offered to high school students?

Electives may vary by year, but we have offered classes such as Art, Nutrition, Contemporary Issues, Computer Literacy, and Computer Applications.  In addition, our Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to participate in a Work-Study Program where they can gain valuable job experience.  We also assist students with dual enrollment to Columbia State and Nashville State.


What is the base curriculum you use?

We follow the Tennessee State Standards for all levels and all subjects.

Here are some of the types of materials and programs that we use in class:

  • Math:
  • Reading and Language Arts:
    • Lower/Middle School
      • Holt McDougal Literature
      • Glencoe Writer’s Choice
    • High School
      • Scott Foresman Literature
  • Science and Social Studies
    • Lower/Middle School
      • Social Studies Weekly
      • Science Weekly


What is the educational background of your teachers and what sort of professional development opportunities are they offered?

All of our teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree.  About half of our staff have 20 years or more experience in the classroom.  All teachers are members of the National Association of Special Education and complete training sessions on a yearly basis in addition to in-school professional development and outside conferences and training.