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Resource Services

Discovery Program (Serving students in grades 2-12).  The SCA Discovery Program uses the National Institute of Learning Differences (NILD) Educational Therapy® model. This model was developed to treat assumed, underlying identified causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. It is a true therapy in that it aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and raises expectations for performance. Students are trained to view themselves as competent, confident learners. The goal of NILD Educational Therapy® is to help students develop tools of independent learning in the classroom and in life. Graduates of the program become independent, self-advocating learners who are able to achieve their God-given potential.

Discovery students attend two 90-minute sessions per week with their educational therapist in a one-on-one setting. The Discovery program provides a Classroom Adjustment Privilege plan (CAP) which may modify or accommodate classroom work to meet students’ academic needs. Therapists also work closely with the classroom teacher to ensure the best possible learning environment. Pull out times will be arranged between the therapist and the teacher. Grades at elementary level may be adjusted p/Discovery guidelines. Secondary students may choose Discovery as an elective.

STAR Program (Serving students in grades K-6).  The Student Academic Resource (STAR) program at SCA is designed to support the two-fold learning needs of those students diagnosed with a learning disability or learning aptitude which precludes entrance into Discovery. Therapists provide an Individual Student Plan (ISP) and work on core academic subjects that are completely modified from original classroom curriculum according to ISP. Pull out times will be arranged between the therapist and the teacher. Grades for resource students can be administered by the therapist or a combination of the regular ed. teacher and the resource teacher.

Examples of conditions meriting STAR program entry include, but are not limited to, an IQ too low to meet Discovery criterion, a CAP plan of too great a magnitude to be facilitated solely by a classroom teacher, existence of a physical impairment or medical condition which precludes classroom success without a STAR teacher.

Speech Therapy (Serving students in grades PK-12).  Speech therapy is delivered by an outside contractor and via the public school system. Screenings are done yearly for all students in preschool through Kindergarten or for parent/teacher referrals. Students receive speech services on site and sessions may be done individually or in small groups when appropriate. Students will be given an ISP when deemed necessary. Pull out times will be arranged between the therapist and the teacher. Teachers should follow the provided ISP when determining grades.

Occupational Therapy (Serving all SCA students).  Occupational therapy is delivered by an outside contractor and is designed to give students the fine and gross motor skills needed for life. After screening and/or evaluation, an ISP is created by the therapist to service children’s needs through a pull out program. Pull out times will be arranged between the therapist and the teacher. Students receiving services will be given an ISP. Teachers should refer to the ISP when determining grades.

STEWARDS (Serving students 3-6 grade).  This Student Environment of Arduous Study is for those students who demonstrate academic giftedness.  Giftedness is defined as those children who demonstrate significant development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by an acceptable professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an environment beyond typical grade-level curriculum.  Students qualify for the program consideration after two consecutive years of SAT testing reveals the 95th percentile in any combination of the following areas:  Total Reading, Total Math, Core Battery, Complete Battery or two years of OLSAT testing indicating 95th percentile in Verbal, Nonverbal, or Total.

For more information on the Summit Christian Academy Educational Therapy Program please contact Dr. Kimberlee Gill at 816-524-0185.