The Christ School seeks to provide all students an opportunity to reach their highest potential. The Christ School Student Support Center faculty partners with families when the student has an academic need that requires accommodations and support. In order to best reach all types of learners, our Kindergarten through third grade teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham, structured, multi-sensory approach to teaching reading. This approach helps all learners, especially struggling readers or children with Dyslexia. We recognize that at times there may be the need for extra classroom support for students. The Christ School Director of Student Support teams with teachers and parents to observe and identify strategies for learning and support for social emotional success for children. At times, outside evaluation by a licensed educational or neuropsychologist is requested to understand how a student is functioning in the domains of intelligence, achievement, social, or emotional development.
A student may receive accommodations at The Christ School to assist with equal access to learning if a documented challenge is present. A medical or psychoeducational evaluation is required for accommodations to be implemented and must be provided before a confidential Student Academic Plan can be written and implemented. Educational evaluations should be current within the last three years. Students who receive accommodations in the classroom are offered the same accommodations during yearly standardized testing. The Christ School is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to address the needs of students with learning differences. We do not offer a separate educational track for students with significant learning disabilities whose needs are beyond our resources.
Upon application of admission to The Christ School, prospective families are asked to share with the Director of Admission any documentation regarding previous learning and/or social emotional support or testing that has been conducted. If a student is already enrolled at The Christ School, families should share testing or identified concerns with the Director of Student Support in order to support the partnership between family and school.
Within the Student Support Center, there are different types of support available for students who meet the aforementioned criteria. Academic and Intensive Reading Support options are fee-based, which include small group sessions with the Student Support Teacher individualized to the student’s needs.
Intensive Reading Support
Enrollment within any support program provides access for families to The Christ School Parent Support Community Meetings, Lending Library, and Parent Education Opportunities throughout the year.
TCS Enrichment Program
The enrichment program is designed for students identified as gifted or academically talented who benefit from additional challenge beyond the classroom instruction. Participation in the program is determined by using multiple measures of general intellectual ability, aptitude/achievement scores on standardized assessments, as well as grade history and teacher recommendation. Students documented as “gifted” by an educational evaluation automatically qualify for the enrichment program. All students in grades 2-5 are considered for the program each year.
Enrichment classes are a full day once a week. Students have an opportunity to explore their interests and passions through thematic units and project-based learning. Projects span across all subject areas, from history to science to math to literature. The class will utilize a variety of teaching methods such as collaborative group work, visiting experts, hands-on learning, and games fueled by student interests.
For questions or more information on any of the Student Support Center features, contact Alissa Plaisance.