State of the Art Innovation in Elementary School – Introducing SVC Foundations

Hello SVC Community,

We are in the home stretch of the school year. I can’t believe graduation is in less than a month! Oh, how time flies. We have already accomplished so much this year and we have so much more to be excited about in the near future! Today, I wanted to share another state of the art innovation that we will be introducing in our Elementary School in 2017-18.

There are so many students who struggle with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, auditory processing, comprehension, logical reasoning, visual memory, non-verbal learning, and attention-related issues. For such students, a typical classroom can be an exhausting and discouraging environment. Because many Christian schools are not equipped to deal with a large variety of these learning issues, many of these students either fall through the cracks or are forced to attend public schools. Even then, student needs are often neglected due to budget constraints, lack of expertise, or inability to adapt to new educational trends and scientific advancement.

In that light, we are excited to tell you about the SVC Foundations Program!

Foundations is designed to tackle this problem head on. We will move past the traditional concept of simply managing the symptoms of learning disabilities; instead, we will address the root cause of these challenges. Each day, our students will perform cognitive exercises based on cutting-edge neuroscientific research. These exercises have been scientifically proven to strengthen weak cognitive capabilities. In other words, the goal of Foundations will be to transform the brain, establishing capabilities that did not exist and, thus, beginning to instill a newfound confidence and a love of learning.

By strengthening the cognitive capacities, students will be able to work through tasks which were once incredibly challenging for them. In addition to this innovative scientific approach to cognitive improvement, Foundations will include state-certified reading and mathematics programs. When combined with the cognitive exercises, these programs have been proven to assist students in gaining up to two years in their reading level in only a matter of months.

For the 2017-18 school year, Foundations will be offered for 1st-6th grade students. Students will attend a multi-grade class with a student-teacher ratio of 3:1. Each student will be assessed and will work at a pace that is appropriate to his or her particular needs.

This class will be full time. But in order to make sure that students are still connected socially to others in their peer group, Foundations students may have the opportunity to attend recess, lunch, PE, art, music, computer, field trips, etc. Our long-term goal is that after one to four years in this program, students will be equipped to enter a mainstream classroom at or above grade level. (It is important to note that Foundations is only a piece of our ALA program, which includes various levels of educational and social support. We will have more exciting announcements about other pieces of the ALA program in the near future.)

When we say that we strive to be the Christian School for All, we mean that we value diversity of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and student ability. In Jesus, we see the ultimate example of love and service toward those so often marginalized by society. Foundations will be the only program of its kind at any Christian school in our area and, as such, we believe that we will be able to serve a segment of the population that is too often forgotten. We are so humbled to serve as Christ would and to help lay foundations of faith and learning.

If you have any questions regarding the Foundations program, please contact Jimelle Carlson at jcarlson@svcschools.org.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Erick Streelman
Head of School

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