Assisted Learning Department
The Assisted Learning Department exists to meet the educational needs of
those students who require an adapted program in order to attain their
true potential. There are several components to the program, each
designed to complement the general education program in a specific way.
Some students are best served by enrolling in more than one option.
Enrollment in a particular program is decided based upon test results
and student achievement. Parents and teachers are included in the
decision-making process. Any questions about the program should be
directed to the principal.
Each assisted learning program carries a fee in addition to general
tuition. The school is able to offer financial assistance to families in
need. Please contact Debbie Hollick, Director of Finance and Human
Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Discover Center is a program established by the National
Institute for Learning Development in Norfolk, Virginia. It is designed
to meet the needs of students with identified, specific learning
disabilities. The student participates in one-on-one educational therapy
in an intensive program designed to stimulate deficit areas in
perception and cognition. The goal of therapy is twofold: 1) to enable
the student to become independent and successful in the regular
classroom and 2) to make it possible for the student to achieve at a
level commensurate with his God-given potential. Students meet with an
educational therapist for two 80-minute periods each week. Parents are
trained to follow through at home with crucial elements of the therapy
process. The number of years a student is enrolled in the program
depends on the severity of the deficit and consistency of commitment to
the therapy program. Discovery therapist work with general education
teachers to make accommodations for student success. The goal is for
student to need fewer accommodations in the classroom as they progress
in their therapy.
SEARCH AND TEACH
Search and teach is the early childhood component of Discovery.
Using the Search test, kindergarten and first grade students can be
identified as "at risk" for difficulty in learning to read. The Teach
component prescribes a specific program of therapy to prevent learning
failure and its emotional consequences. Students work one-on-one with a
therapist for four 20-minute sessions per week.
The Directed Studies program is structured to provide
instructional assistance to high school students for whom success in the
regular classroom is a challenge. The course is designed to help
students master content, while developing study and organizational
skills. In addition, the students enrolled in the course are eligible
for individualized accommodations as indicated by testing, teacher
observations, student self-evaluation, and past performance. Directed
Studies is offered as a small-group class meeting five days a week for
credit. An elementary Directed Studies class meets two times a week.