Educational Support Programs
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. Immanuel Christian School offers programs for students with learning challenges through Educational Support Services. Educational testing is generally required for students seeking admission to Immanuel who may have an indication that support services will be necessary for academic success since our programs have a limited number of openings and do not support all learning needs.
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 Programs. 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.)
Learn more about our Educational Support Programs below.
Discovery (developed by National Institute for Learning Development)
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.
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.
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. It is multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and sequential intense intervention program is research and evidence based. This is a great tutoring system for students who struggle with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability. Students meet individually with educational therapists for two one-hour sessions each week.