At BWL, we are committed to every child who wishes to access our mainstream, traditional, rigorous academic program.
Recognizing that some students benefit from individualized instruction provided by evidence-based instructional programming to build essential reading, math, writing, and executive functioning skills, we have created the EXCEL Program - an innovative program committed to providing students with the most effective interventions, remediations and strategic instructional approaches which are also integrated into the overall BWL daily curriculum.
What is the EXCEL Program?
The EXCEL Program at BWL is an innovative integrated program for Middle and High School students. This program not only provides academic remediation using an evidence-based multi-sensory approach to learning, but we are also committed to imparting our students with executive functioning training, which is taught in 1-1 sessions as well as integrated throughout the overall daily curriculum, enabling students to make progress in our rigorous, college prep program.
How are students assessed before, during, and at the completion of the EXCEL Program?
All students admitted to EXCEL should apply with a private evaluation or an IEP from their school district. The committee will also review applications without these documents. Once accepted to our program, our staff will assess prospective students using the Mindprint Learning Assessment and the Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales.
During and at the completion of their participation in the EXCEL Program, students will be assessed using running records and indications of mastery of individualized goals. Written feedback will be provided by the EXCEL Advisor every two weeks.
What specialized approach is used within the EXCEL Program?
EXCEL instructors and coaches use evidence-based programs such as Evolved Education EF Integrated Coaching Model, multi-sensory, explicit-instruction techniques for reading, writing and math to deliver personalized strategies to students who require additional skill development.
All BWL teachers are trained in improving and developing the skills of EXCEL students and meet with students’ EXCEL Advisors to integrate the EXCEL curriculum into their instructional programming for all students.
Mary Miele, M.A.Ed. Permanently Licensed NYS & NYC Special Education Teacher K-12; Creator of Integrated EF Model; College Advisor & Agent with British Council
Kim Kramer, M.S. Ed, M.S., CCC-SLP, C-SLDS, Permanently Licensed NYS & NYC Special Education Teacher N-21, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, CERI Certified, Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist
How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this program, please fill out the Excel Program Assessment Registration Form.