Is Manus Academy Right for You?
Our diverse group of students have academic barriers and need both customized instruction and a customized environment. These barriers include learning disabilities, language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression and weaknesses in executive functioning.
Our goals with students are to: a) improve their ability to learn academic skills and subjects; b) help them solve problems; c) help them make friends and function well in a school environment; and d) help them feel productive, competent and happy.
Fulfilling this mission has shaped everything about us – our small population of no more than 60 or so students, our physical environment, our low teacher-student ratio and instruction, our communication with parents and each other and the processes we follow to operate the school efficiently.
Here is some information about our school that may help you decide if we are a good fit for your child or not. If you think we might be a good fit, call us so we can meet and exchange information. If you are still not sure, call us anyway. We can help you determine if we are the right school for your child and if not, perhaps point you in the right direction.
We’re small and predictable.
These essential factors maximize instructional time, allow students and teachers to know each other well and help students feel safe and comfortable.
Our school day is 5½ hours and instruction is intensive.
Our school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Students spend most of this time fully engaged in small-group and one-to-one instruction. Their class participation and exchanges with teachers and classmates are high and there is little opportunity to stray off task. If their attention does wander, the teacher uses various strategies and accommodations as often as required to help students remain engaged.
This compressed schedule and intensity is a plus for most of our students, particularly those who have difficulty controlling their attention. Students often report that they learn much more in our shorter day than they did in their former schools with longer days.
Many families make considerable sacrifices to enroll their children in our school and we appreciate their trust in us. In return, we strive to give full value for every tuition dollar you spend.
We have student-selected extra-curricular activities.
These activities have included Student Council, Yearbook Club and book, cooking, craft, photography and sports clubs.
Our student population is diverse.
Our students have a common ground in that they need a fully customized approach to learn well; however, their specific learning needs are often quite different from each other’s.
Because of how we teach, our classrooms look typical. Our students are mostly on task, completing work and getting along with their classmates. We teach English, math, reading, writing, social studies, health, science, Spanish, physical education, art and music. Our students have recess, a series of one- or two-minute “brain breaks” throughout the day, a few field trips, school dances and a school yearbook.
Most students who enroll in our school have had a long struggle and are relieved when they join us and make friends with other students. Parents often report how their children’s daily successes and growing sense of well-being have benefitted the whole family. To them, our diversity is an advantage.