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Academic & Emotional Services

At Community Day School, we are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment that recognizes and celebrates the unique strengths of each student. Our Academic & Emotional Services department works to provide a safe and nurturing environment where every child can flourish and realize their full potential, both academically and emotionally.

Academic Excellence: Our dedicated team of learning specialists works collaboratively with students in their classrooms, ensuring they have the necessary support to access and achieve alongside their peers. 

Partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit: Through the Pittsburgh-Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit, we offer speech support services to qualifying students. IU support staff also provide individualized and small group reading support, helping students develop strong literacy skills and fostering a love for learning.

School-Based Counselor: Our School-Based Counselor provides social-emotional support and ongoing skill-building support to groups and individuals. They partner with families and therapists to build a well-informed, unified team to help students navigate challenges and increase resilience. 

Inclusion and Empowerment: By providing comprehensive academic and emotional support services, we strive to create a community where everyone feels valued and empowered to achieve their goals.

Collaborative Approach: We actively engage parents, teachers, and community stakeholders to form a strong partnership. Together, we create personalized strategies that meet the individual needs of each student.

AES teacher working with a student on mathematics

Meet AES Head Kelly Binning

With more than a decade of experience in the field of special education, Kelly Binning has a proven track record of success leading schools in their support of students with a range of learning profiles. She holds a Master of Science degree in Special Education from National University in San Diego, a Multiple Subject CLAD Credential (for English language learning), a Level II Special Education Teaching Credential, and an Administrative Credential. She served as a resource teacher working at Title 1 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was then promoted to the position of Bridge Coordinator, an administrative position overseeing 15 teachers in the Special Education Department at Webster Middle School in West Los Angeles. In San Francisco, she was a Content Specialist for San Francisco Unified School District for two years, overseeing nine schools at the secondary level.