The Delta School
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The Delta School Art Program enables students to express themselves thru their own creativity and imagination. Art mediums often serve as a therapeutic outlet for children, and our program offers just that opportunity. Kids are limited only by their own vision and creative processes. Special roster classes with 1:1 attention are available thru a student’s I.E.P. to further assist in the development of fine motor skills.

In the Art Program students are able to experiment in the fundamentals of art including:

  • basic drawing
  • figure and still life drawing
  • watercolor
  • sculpture and pottery
  • jewelry making
  • collage

Students may also explore the history of art and examine famous works of art, supplemented by trips to the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Our students’ creativity is encouraged through participation in local art contests. Many of our students have received recognition in these contests; some even have work hanging in permanent displays at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Other contests in which our students participate are: the Manayunk Arts festival, Beneficial Bank’s Art Contest, and the Keith Haring Institute of Art in New York City. Every June an art show is held at Delta School to display the many works of art created over the year.


The music program at Delta will introduce students to the rudiments of music and instill an appreciation for the arts. Students will learn about music symbols, terms and receive an introduction to the orchestra and theater. Our music program addresses the whole of the child to create a well-rounded individual through fun and engaging activities.

Students will be introduced to meter, rhythm and cadence through the use of drum sticks, hand bells, xylophone and recorder (flute). The students will aim to use their musical strengths in any music area including solo performances or in an ensemble for assembly programs.


The Delta school’s Reading Mission is to provide teachers with the skills and tools they need to help their students become fluent, independent readers. Through in-service staff development the teachers are taught to provide direct reading instruction using the SRA’s Corrective Reading program. This program is successful with problem readers because they provide the careful integration, the practice and the management details that the problem reader needs to succeed.

Each classroom grades K through High School (depending upon the Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) goals of the student) uses the SRA’s Corrective Reading program 5 days a week.

In addition to this program, students who read below a 6th grade level are instructed 5 days a week using the Steck-Vaughn Spelling: Linking Words to Meaning, which offers today’s students and teachers a well-constructed systematic program that builds spelling power, links spelling to word meaning, and connects spelling to the underlying purpose for learning it - the ability to write effectively. For students who do not need the SRA’s Corrective Reading program, they are provided with a literature-based lesson in Learning through Literature.

The Reading Center provides small class instruction 1-4 days a week (depending on each students’ Individual Education Program “I.E.P.”) using the Wilson Reading System (WRS) by a certified trained Wilson Reading Instruction. WRS is a research based program designed for individuals who have difficulty with written language in the areas of decoding and spelling. WRS specifically addresses the learning style of students with a language-based learning disability. This multi-sensory instruction is proven highly successful with students who have been unable to learn decoding and encoding through traditional basal methods, whole language or other phonics programs. The WRS is appropriate for at-risk students and those in need of intensive instruction in grades Kindergarten and beyond.

The Wilson Reading system incorporate the principles identified by NICHD research and the National Reading Panel. Wilson’s research based programs help school districts meet the requirements of Reading First & No Child Left Behind.

In addition to the formal reading programs already mentioned the Reading Center and Computer room also provide the opportunity to use the Computer and various programs such as Knowledge Adventure’s Reading Blaster & Franklin the Turtle, The Learning Company’s Reading Rabbit, Scholastic’s Clifford Reading, and Instructional Fair’s Reading & Spelling Adventures, just to name a few. As a supplement to the computer based reading programs or formal reading programs the Reading Center can also provide games, and activities to enhance listening and comprehension skills.

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