West Field Day School Logo A THERAPEUTIC DAY SCHOOL FOR THE UNDERACHIEVING STUDENT

The Westfield Experience:

 

An Integrated Support Experience

The school bases its philosophy on the idea that underachievement is a syndrome, a complex set of interacting factors; psychological, educational, social-emotional, familial, behavioral, developmental, and/or biological.  The Westfield Day School's approach is psycho-educational and supportive, combining an active clinical program, including individual and group therapy, with specialized instruction.

A Corrective Learning Environment

Westfield's environment enables students to experience what has been called a "corrective emotional experience" (Alexander and French, et al.) and offers them the opportunity to handle school life "under more favorable circumstances."  Classes are kept small, with no more than five students per teacher, usually less. Students, who have been easily distracted, are on medication, or who have developed maladaptive school or social behaviors can be provided with a constant and reassuring adult presence or involvement throughout the day. Staff and faculty create an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement that helps keep students focused on work, encourages self-discipline, and fosters personal growth and socail development.

A Comprehensive Approach

After careful review of a candidate's application, prior evaluations, or consultation with involved mental health professionals, we developed a curriculum that includes a learning and therapeutic strategy. This is the Comprehensive Educational Plan, which addresses each student's unique psychological, educational, or behavioral objectives, goals, and needs.

The plan is refined throughout the academic year, as the student progresses, keeping him or her on track toward completing credits and the graduation requirements of the New York State Education Department.