Curriculum and Inclusion

We craft an individualized Comprehensive Student Plan specifically for each student, to meet her particular needs. 

Shalem High School offers a functional academic program that we design to challenge each individual student while providing her with the critical skills she will need most as an adult. The core subjects of Reading, Writing, Math, and World Awareness are taught with a focus on critical thinking and language development. We offer adaptive physical education, and teach our students the importance of maintaining healthy habits in order to improve their physical and mental well being. Students also learn practical skills such as banking, budgeting, and computers. Judaic studies foster knowledge and love of our heritage, holidays, and traditions, and reinform the value of community. 

At SINAI Shalem, Traditional Life Skills are taught not only in the classroom, but in real life settings such as the bank, grocery store, and coffee shop. Hygiene, Abuse Prevention, and Conversational Skills are part of our interactive, innovative curriculum designed to teach students practical and relevant skills for life. Through our Community Survey course, students learn to access a broad range of community resources with confidence and independence. 

Shalem's Work Study Program teaches our students vocational skills such as stores, restaurants, offices, schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Work Study participants typically spend 1-2 hours per week with a job coach at various Work Study sites. Students learn responsibility, communication skills, trouble-shooting, and independence. Working enhances our students' self-confidence and teaches them that they are valued members of the community at large. 

In-house therapies offered at SINAI at Ma'ayanot include Occupational, Physical, Speech/Language, Music Therapy, Art Therapy and Therapeutic Drama, as well as Counseling and Social Skills. Our staff works with students on developing their emotional, behavioral, and social growth. Therapies are provided one-on-one or in groups, both pulling out of the classroom and pushing into the classroom, depending on each student's individual needs. 

To learn more about our innovative Abuse Prevention curriculum, The Jewish SELF, click here