Believing that each child is uniquely created by God and is “fearfully and wonderfully made,” Immanuel Christian School seeks to address the differing educational needs of all our students. Gifted students benefit from Explorers, our enrichment program, and our students with learning challenges are strengthened by Educational Support Services, including Search & Teach, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, NILD Discovery therapy, and subject tutoring.
The mission of Explorers Enrichment is to assist parents and classroom teachers in providing gifted and advanced students with intellectually enhanced, biblically based educational experiences. Our goal is to encourage advanced students in the development of their unique abilities through scheduled, Grade-level Enrichment Classes using inquiry-based lessons and instruction, as well as targeted projects and learning opportunities.
Once each quarter, Explorers offers Sweet Reads Book Clubs to encourage all students in grades 2-5 to develop the habit of reading for pleasure. Students read a challenging, but developmentally appropriate novel independently, then come together for Book Club to share their insights and discuss aspects of literature related to their book.
An exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program we offer is Rocketry Club. Rocketry Club meets once a month and is registered for the Team America Rocket Challenge.
Other enrichment activities include whole-class enrichment opportunities, participation in the ACSI competitions, and a school-wide creative writing opportunity, WordQuest.
Immanuel Christian School offers programs for students with learning challenges through Educational Support Services. The Discovery Program is a well established individualized educational therapy system for students with mild to moderate learning deficits. We also use Search and Teach, a reading readiness screening and early intervention program for our youngest students, as well as the Barton Reading and Spelling System for students with traits of a reading disability. Tutoring is also available for students who need assistance in certain subject areas. We refer to these programs collectively as Educational Support Services. Sessions generally take place during regular school hours, and require an additional fee as outlined in our Tuition and Fee Schedule.
Students are generally referred to Educational Support Services for consideration when their parents and teachers observe a notable inconsistency in ability and performance. Parents are generally asked to arrange educational testing by a licensed psychologist to determine what the student’s learning deficits are, and to help determine which programs are appropriate interventions. (Search and Teach does not require outside testing.)
Discovery is an educational therapy process developed by the National Institute for Learning Development nearly thirty ago, and is practiced across our own country and around the world. Therapists are trained and certified by NILD, and ICS therapists attend continuing education conferences each year. We have been encouraged and gratified with the results we have seen in our students since ICS first offered Discovery in 2000. For many of them, educational therapy has been a life changing experience, opening a door to academic success.
Discovery therapy is not tutoring, but a collaborative effort between therapist and student designed to strengthen foundational skills, knowledge, and processes which will support a lifetime of learning. Each student in the program meets individually with an educational therapist twice a week for activities designed to stimulate the weaker areas of the brain. Discovery students have individual accommodations documents, similar to public school I.E.P.’s or 504 Plans. Parents receive quarterly reports on their child’s progress in Discovery and are asked to visit and observe several sessions each year. Each spring there is a parent/therapist meeting to review annual progress and discuss plans for the next academic year. Most students will need to remain in Discovery for a minimum of three years, although latest research shows gains after the first year for many students. The program goal is that our students will eventually become independent learners, working to their potential without continued intervention.
For more information on NILD and Discovery please visit nild.net.
Search and Teach
Search and Teach –Search is an early identification reading readiness assessment offered to each kindergarten student in early October. The test surveys basic perceptual functions for learning to identify strengths and weaknesses, and provides a score that reflects any vulnerability to academic failure. Teach uses a set of instructional tasks designed to address the weaknesses (deficits) identified in the Search assessment. Teach students work individually with educational therapists for thirty minutes, two-three times each week. The goal of the program is to strengthen areas of the brain essential for reading. In many cases no further intervention is needed. Search and Teach was developed by child psychiatrist Archie Silver, M.D. and psychologist Rosa A. Hagin, and the staff of the Learning Disorders Unit at the New York University School of Medicine. ICS Search and Teach therapists are trained by the National Institute for Learning Development.
For more information please visit searchandteach.com.
Barton Reading and Spelling System
The Barton Reading and Spelling System helps elementary students with traits of a reading disability strengthen reading and spelling skills. The program, which emphasizes the auditory awareness essential to reading and spelling, is based on the well known Orton-Gillingham approach to phonics. Students meet individually with educational therapists for two one-hour sessions each week.
For more information please visit bartonreading.com.