Sterne School has been successfully educating students with learning differences for more than 30 years. Located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, Sterne offers a small, personal environment serving grades 6 12. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 5 to 1, our experienced staff understands the many learning styles of our students and differentiates the program to fit each student style. This individualized approach allows students to focus on their academics while forming lasting relationships. We build confidence in our students which in turn creates independent, successful, life-long learners. Sterne School's program is designed to: Create an individualized academic program specific to the learning style of each student Foster confident, independent, and organized learners Teach critical thinking strategies and technology skills Teach study skills and strategies to meet deadlines Counsel students to be self-advocates Special Features: Each student receives an individualized learning profile that identifies strengths and targets academic goals. Individual and small group work focuses on organizational skills, reading and writing, fluency, advanced study and thinking skills, and social awareness. Mobile laptop stations are located on each floor. Computer applications and research skills are integrated into the program. Assistive Technology (AT) includes Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Inspiration. Students are assigned homework they can do independently, and their success is monitored closely by classroom teachers and the homeroom teacher. Students also enjoy daily physical education and elective classes including music, art, drama, movie making, urban hiking, bowling, and drawing and cartooning. College & Career Counseling: High School students participate in the Pathfinders Program designed to facilitate and enable success during the transition from high school to college or career. In Pathfinders, our college counselor works closely with students and their families in the college search process. This begins in the second half of their sophomore year. Students research and explore different colleges and are guided through the process from ACT prep to writing essays and filling out applications. For students who prefer to secure employment before moving on to college, our counselor works with them on job skills, from learning how to successfully interview to leads on weekend and summer job opportunities. All students share in the learning process for job skills, essential skills that will be helpful before and after college. An integral component of the Pathfinders Program is Passages. Passages is an experientially-based high school program that lets students use their multiple intelligences in core disciplines. Students pick a discipline they are passionate about such as photography, fashion design, or computers, find a mentor/expert, do research, integrate other academic disciplines, and then deliver a presentation. Many students discover that one of these passions is what theyd like to focus on in college or as a career; therefore, the passage serves as a stepping stone from high school to adulthood.