Every Class is a Special Education Class.

At Pepin Academies, every class is a special education class. Our entire student body comprises exceptional students, and all our teachers are either certified in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) or are actively working towards this certification.

As an “exclusive special education” setting, Pepin Academies offers a unique and supportive environment for exceptional learners.

Smaller Class Sizes and Individualized Support

Our classrooms are designed with smaller class sizes and a lower teacher-to-student ratio compared to traditional schools. This structure ensures that each student receives personalized attention and support.

All students at Pepin Academies have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) that outline their specific accommodations and support services. Our therapeutic learning environment is fully equipped to meet these needs, ensuring every student can thrive.

Innovative Teaching Approaches

The educational program at Pepin Academies is built on a three-pronged approach:

  1. The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model by Dr. Mariale Hardiman
  2. Multimodal Learning
  3. Differentiated Instruction

Brain-Targeted Teaching Model

Our classrooms follow the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model, which emphasizes creating an emotional climate conducive to learning and a welcoming physical environment. Daily lessons are designed to:

  • Build upon prior knowledge
  • Target mastery of content, skills, and concepts
  • Be creatively presented
  • Culminate in evaluations with constructive feedback

Multimodal Learning

Our multimodal teaching strategies engage all sensory modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile) to enhance learning. This can include:

  • Hands-on activities and educational games
  • Visual aids and infographics
  • Technology integration with a 1:1 student-to-device ratio

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction ensures that lessons are tailored to meet the diverse needs of our students. By varying teaching methods and materials, we can cater to individual learning styles and preferences.

Collaborative Therapeutic Support

Therapists at Pepin Academies work closely with classroom teachers to optimize student outcomes. They provide both “pull-out” and “push-in” therapies to support students directly in the classroom.

Our Sensory Learning Room is specifically designed for sensory-sensitive students, with various seating and standing options to help them focus and learn effectively.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBiS)

Pepin Academies implements the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBiS) framework to foster a positive school culture and environment. This includes using specific language and reward systems in the classroom to encourage positive behavior and improve educational outcomes.

A Unique Learning Environment

Pepin Academies is a specialized learning environment tailored to meet the needs of exceptional students. Our classrooms are as unique and varied as our students, providing a supportive and engaging educational experience.

Discover more about our innovative approach to special education at Pepin Academies