LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES
Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
The learning support programs at Covenant Christian are designed to support students with mild to moderate diagnosed learning needs. The goal of each program is to make college-preparatory education available to students with learning needs by training them to manage their learning expectations, thinking and communication styles. The goal is for a student with learning challenges to be able to use self-advocacy and other acquired academic skills to propel them to reach their full potential.
Students applying to Covenant Christian needing additional support as indicated in a 504, IEP plan, diagnosed learning difficulty, or other indicators presented during the application process will be considered for one of the programs.
These programs are an additional cost and are worked in during the student’s daily school schedule.
National Institute For Learning Development
The National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) Educational Therapy® program was developed over forty years ago and was designed to work with struggling students.
Students with specific learning disabilities have average or above cognitive ability yet have difficulty with academic performance. Students enrolled into the various NILD programs at CCS have met specific criteria and agree, as a family, to fully participate in all aspects of the program. The goal of NILD Educational Therapy® is to “help students learn and reason more effectively and increase their capacity to learn, which results in life-long learning and lasting cognitive change.”
TEACH© is an early intervention program developed to meet the educational needs of young learners before they experience frustration in the learning process. The TEACH© Program is offered to kindergarten and first grade students and is done in a one on one setting.
Educational Therapy (Discovery)The National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) Discovery Program of Educational Therapy utilizes specifically trained and qualified therapists who provide learning assessments and individualized, intensive, mediated learning experiences to the students. Direct intervention and the resulting competence and confidence allow the students to gain the skills needed to become independent learners for a lifetime.
RX for Discovery Reading
The RX 4 Reading program is a systematic and explicit program that focuses on the five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. This program systematically mediates students to effectively, efficiently, and fluently read and spell accurately, while also building vocabulary and reading comprehension capabilities. Students will also learn phonetic analysis, syllabication rules and spelling-rule application.
Meets two times each week for 45 minute sessions.
RX for Discovery Math
In this dynamic intervention, foundational math concepts will be strengthened while thinking and problem-solving skills will be challenged, all within an atmosphere where math anxiety is reduced. RX 4 Discovery Math will build and strengthen number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem-solving strategies. Students lacking a conceptual understanding of mathematics will benefit the most from this program.
Specifically in grades 6-12, students will:
A. Develop an understanding of rational numbers through activities focused on:
1. Problem Solving
7. Math Vocabulary
B. Develop computational fluency
C. Develop math vocabulary
D. Develop problem-solving strategies
E. Strengthen cognitive functions through targeted intervention activities and specific questioning and feedback
F. Increase in confidence to solve mathematic problems
G. Learn how to effectively work in small groups with others
Meets two times each week for 45 minute sessions.
At CCS, the NILD Program Coordinator meets with each potential family taking into consideration the class they would be entering into, the severity of the deficits, and whether or not the family is fully committed to the NILD program philosophy. We believe all students who have specific cognitive weaknesses can benefit from NILD Educational Therapy®, but we recognize CCS is not equipped to handle all students. We are unable to meet the needs of students who have a severe behavioral or mental health diagnosis, intellectual disabilities, or who are labeled autistic. It is important to note that high functioning autism, formally diagnosed as Asperger’s, is no longer a diagnosis. Individuals are now diagnosed with ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder. The majority of students with ASD would not meet with success at CCS. However, it is possible that we may be able to serve a few who are high functioning.
Our goal, when accepting students into our NILD program, is for each one to meet with success in the regular classroom and here at CCS; therefore, each student is prayerfully considered on a case by case basis.