Co-ed junior boarding and day school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade nine
We believe that when students gain an understanding of how they learn, they become empowered to advocate for their learning needs. 

The Ascend Program at Indian Mountain School was designed to support students with dyslexia and other diagnosed, language-based learning differences. This program focuses on a multi-sensory, sequential, and cumulative approach to building language proficiency. Ascend tutorials and/or small group instruction is diagnostic, prescriptive, and tailored to the individual profile of each child. In addition to remediating language weaknesses, careful attention is given to identifying and supporting the unique strengths of our students.

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  • Ascend On the Lower Campus (Available to students in Grades 1-4)

    Focused instruction is provided 5 days per week for 45-minute sessions with teachers who are trained in Orton-Gillingham, a multisensory approach to teaching. In addition to their Ascend time, students will continue to receive supportive, small-group instruction for literacy in their regular classrooms and during designated literacy times. Our Ascend faculty will also provide support in the context of the grade-level classrooms. 
  • Ascend On the Upper Campus (Available to students in Grades 5-9)

    The Ascend Program is delivered in a modified day model. Students are placed in small group “pods” with no more than a 6:1 student-teacher ratio for instruction in language arts and social studies. Instruction includes content area academics, executive function coaching, metacognition, and learner independence. Instructors who are trained in Orton-Gillingham will deliver the language-learning program. This program is multisensory and designed to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills.
Other Courses: Some students will take traditional science courses with teacher support and classroom accommodations. Other students, when necessary, will have science classes in smaller instructional groups with an Ascend teacher. Students’ math and language placements will be individually based. At times, a multisensory math program will be the appropriate placement. Some students may be placed into Global Languages; other students will take a course in Language Acquisition and Development (LAD).

If you would like to learn more about our program, contact our Admission Office today.

Ascend Program Staff

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    Sandra Charlap 

    Ascend Program Teacher
    Yale Universtiy - M.F.A.
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    Tammy Decker 

    5th and 6th Grade Dean, Co Leader of Ascend Program, LAD Teacher, Senior Dorm Affiliate
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    Dean College - A.S.
    Western Connecticut State University - B.S.
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    Frank Sorrentino 

    Ascend Program Teacher
    State University of New York at Buffalo - B.S.