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(T Class at the 2016 ASHAR Color Run)

Vision: To meet the academic needs of students in a small contained learning environment while providing social and emotional experiences in a larger school setting.

 Core Beliefs:

  • Jewish children should be given opportunities to learn Torah, read Hebrew, daven, and understand Torah concepts and values within the regular school based on their abilities.
  • Students should be able to learn at their own pace with targeted instruction addressing their individual needs.
  • Using a whole child approach to education, students should grow academically, when their social, emotional and physical needs are being addressed.

Mission: To use a multitude of research based programs and approaches to address the academic needs of a small group of students, while planning and goal setting for short term and long term transitions into mainstream education.


  • The program takes place in an ASHAR classroom located in the mainstream classroom corridor.
  • Our students are ASHAR students with access to district busing and other school based policies and procedures.


  • The program is taught by an experienced special education classroom teacher.
  • Additional staff is provided by East Ramapo teachers and therapists when applicable according to students’ IEPs.
  • ASHAR staff is available for special school wide programs.
  • Mrs. Schuh oversees the program’s staff, schedule, curriculum and individual student progress.


  • Orton Gilliham based approaches to reading including (but not limited to) the Wilson Program, the LIPs program, Fundations and PAF (Preventing Academic Failure).
  • Writing using Handwriting Without Tears, Sentence Building (Jerry Morris Approach), journal writing and inventive spelling.
  • Math incorporates elements of Making Math Real and Engage NY with hands-on and concept building activities.
  • Aleph Bais introduction, solidification and practice building upon kriah fluency and accuracy.
  • A love, understanding and appreciation for Torah through weekly Parsha, Yom Tov and Halacha instruction.


  • The program provides instruction in all areas of the curriculum based on students’ strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the lesson, activity and situation, students are taught as a whole group, working independently or one-on-one to accommodate varying ages and developmental abilities. 
  • Mrs. Waldman, with the support of the ASHAR administration, transitions students into mainstream classrooms based on each student’s strengths and the classroom agenda, i.e. gym, lunch, recess, art, and music.
Sun, July 14 2024 8 Tammuz 5784