Shawmut Hills uses a positive and holistic approach to education to create an environment that promotes student learning and well-being. Nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood, Shawmut Hills houses a state-of-the-art, therapy quality sensory lab for all students. It is located on Grand Rapids’ northwest side.
Excel at Shawmut Hills K-8
Studies have shown a strong connection between movement and learning. Shawmut Hills utilizes that research in its sensory lab and classroom sensory toolboxes. Students are taught how to use the equipment to support their individual learning and make lab visits as a class and on their own. Examples of sensory tools include ball chairs, sound earmuffs, pencil grips, Therabands, and more. Through the sensory experiences, students also gain an appreciation for the fact that everyone learns in their own way!
96% of parents feel their child is challenged at school. Staff are trained to identify individual student needs and customize their teaching to the student to help them succeed. For example, Shawmut Hills has seen an 8% increase in the number of students reading at or above grade level over the past 3 years.
SAFE AND SECURE
A recent survey showed that 100% of students feel safe at Shawmut Hills. Students participate in a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). Students are recognized for making good choices and showing positive behavior. The number of students being recognized for good behavior at monthly PBIS celebrations has consistently increased, while referrals to the office for behavior issues have steadily decreased.
The teachers at Shawmut Hills are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that student’s needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education, and that students have a positive experience. In a recent survey, 100% of parents said they feel comfortable talking with their child’s teachers.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
Shawmut Hills values parents as partners in their child’s education. Parents are regularly involved as volunteers and participate in many family events throughout the year. According to a recent parent survey, 100% of parents feel welcome at Shawmut Hills.