The Tuttle School Approach
The Tuttle School serves students, ages 5-21, with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is designed to teach functional, age-appropriate skills within a school or community setting. Tuttle School strives to teach students to lead successful and personally fulfilling lives at their individual ability level. The unique needs of Tuttle School students are met through individualized instruction; teaching functional academics, skills for life, social skills, physical education, sensory integration, technology and vocational training.
“Our students in Tuttle School find they are in a “fitting” place where they are loved and accepted for the unique individuals they are. Everyone here is special!”
To ensure maximum learning, each classroom is staffed with a teacher and an assistant for 8-10 students. The Tuttle School has an average Teacher/Pupil ratio of 8 to 1. When all aides, specialists, and consultants are considered, the ratio is 4 to 1. Emphasis is placed on instruction using a multisensory approach, daily repetition and review. To increase learning opportunities, students are taught through a system of structured teaching referred to as Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), which was developed at the University of North Carolina. A structured teaching environment includes the following: physical and visual structure, schedules, and independent work systems.
Students typically spend two or three years in one academic homeroom before transitioning to the next homeroom. Matriculation occurs on an individual basis and is determined by a variety of factors including age, social maturation, and class groupings. Although the Tuttle School program is not transcript-based, students receive a school-issued diploma upon graduation.
Tuttle School is successful because of small class size, well-trained and dedicated educators, research-based curriculum, and a highly structured, yet nurturing and affirming setting.