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Resource Services

Academic Testing

SCA offers a complete battery of testing that provides an overall picture of how a student is learning and what specific areas are his or her strengths and weaknesses. The testing includes an aptitude test, academic skills achievement test, and several informal tests. After the testing is complete, parents are invited to a meeting to discuss the testing results and given a written report. All SCA testing and programs within the SCA Resource Services program are an additional fee for participants who qualify.

NILD Educational Therapy®

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.

Search and Teach (grades PK-1) - Search & Teach© is an early intervention program developed to meet the educational needs of young learners. SEARCH is an individual test designed to identify 5- and 6-year-olds who are vulnerable or at risk for learning difficulties, and to provide profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the readiness skills necessary for reading success. TEACH is a program carefully designed to address the individual needs indicated by a SEARCH screening.

Rx 4 Discovery Reading (grades 2-6) - This program is a reading intervention designed for children who have average to gifted intelligence whose basic reading skills are below expected standards. Using the reading components from NILD Educational Therapy®, this multisensory reading intervention develops the essential foundational skills necessary for reading—phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension and fluency. 

Rx 4 Discovery Math (grades K-5) - This program is a hands-on, research-based math intervention designed for children who have average to gifted intelligence exhibiting math difficulties (K-5). This intervention focuses on establishing the essential foundational skills necessary for number sense, automaticity, math vocabulary, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning. 

Academic Resource Strategies Program

The Academic Resource Strategies 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 the 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 the Academic Resource 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 Academic Resource Program teacher.

English Strategies - This small group setting will enable students to study an English curriculum that is parallel to the core English courses with the additional benefit of having instruction designed specifically for their current academic level and learning style. This English course meets core English discipline requirements for graduation and is comparable to the similar course offering in the English discipline.

Math Strategies - This small group setting will enable students to study Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry through a curriculum that is parallel to the core course with the additional benefit of having instruction designed specifically for their current academic level and learning style. This math course will meet core math discipline requirements for graduation and is comparable to the similar course offering in the math discipline. Curriculum: McGraw Hill, ALEKS Online Program.

History Strategies - This small group or individual classroom setting will enable students to study a history curriculum that is parallel to the core history courses with the additional benefit of having instruction designed specifically for their current academic level and learning style. This history course meets core history discipline requirements for graduation and is substantially comparable to the similar course offering in the history discipline.

Academic Strategies - Academic Strategies sessions are individualized to the needs of the student. The sessions work on the student developing study, planning, and organizational skills so that he/she will become an independent student with habits that lead to success in the classroom.

Elementary Strategies - The Elementary Strategies program at SCA is designed to support the learning needs of those students requiring significant modifications to a particular subject(s) or learning aptitude which precludes entrance into Discovery. Its goal is to enable students to learn and function at the highest academic level possible. They work either individually or in a small group setting with a curriculum written at their present level of performance.

Credit Recovery - Should a required class be failed at Summit Christian Academy, students may take a credit recovery course. These courses maintain the integrity of our academic program by providing course biblically integrated objectives from the actual classroom. Credit recovery courses are taught by SCA faculty on campus. 

Additional Resource Services

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.

SPARKLE (Serving students in grades K-6). Special Attention to Respect, Kindness, and Loving Everyone sessions are designed to meet the needs of students demonstrating a need for moderate behavior/social intervention that cannot be addressed through normal classroom modifications. This service provides any necessary teacher support, testing referrals, and/or conferencing to enable the development of a behavior modification plan.

STEWARDS (Serving students grades 3-6). 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.

Programs within the SCA Resource Services program are an additional fee for participants who qualify. For more information, please contact Dr. Kimberlee Gill at 816-524-0185.