Educational Services Programs

For I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

-Psalm 139:14

 

 

The Special Services Program

The Special Services Program was created to meet the needs of families requiring more than the traditional and advanced RBCS classes. In Psalm139:14, Scripture states; “for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Knowing that God has created individuals with distinct learning styles, it is most effective to implement instructional techniques to fit each learning style. Students, who learn through less conventional methods, may not reach their maximum God-given potential in the traditional classroom. Special Services classes offer multiple forms of instruction to best meet the needs of each student in a smaller student to teacher ratio in each classroom. Development of the whole student: spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively is part of our mission at RBCS. Students may be assessed with a battery of educational, perceptual, and psychological tests to be placed in the Special Services Program. Specific classroom availability is based on enrollment.

Early Intervention Development (3-8 Year Olds)
The Early Intervention Development serves children, ages 3 through 8, with developmental delays. The Christ-centered learning environment is developmentally appropriate and language enriched. Students are engaged in learning through differentiated curriculum and instruction. Classes in the Early Intervention Development program are traditionally smaller with a 1:5 teacher/student ratio. Academics begin with learning readiness, Bible, mathematics, and language arts which includes phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, art, and writing. The program is also enriched with music and physical education.  Appropriate early intervention student’s early years may alleviate further struggles.

Intermediate Intervention Development (8-14 Year Olds)
The Intermediate Intervention Development Program serves children ages 8-14 with various moderate learning exceptionalities. The multi-level classroom, similar to the one-room schoolhouse approach, provides instruction to students according to their academic ability. To prepare students for God’s plan, we put an academic emphasis on Bible, mathematics, and language arts, which include phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, art, and writing.  The program is enhanced with developmental P.E., art, music, and technology.  Developmental therapy influenced by the National Institute for Learning Development and Dr. Feuerstein’s Instruments of Cognitive Enrichment are provided during class and are tailored to the needs of each student.  Lower student/teacher ratio facilitates a greater opportunity for individualized instruction in a group setting.

Talent Development Grades 1-6
The RBCS Talent Development Program serves children ages 5-14. Students enrolled in the Talent Development program experience mild to moderate learning exceptionalities. They receive instruction in a multi-grade level environment. Low student/teacher ratios, facilitate greater opportunities for extensive accommodations and interventions. Academic material is presented with differentiated learning styles in mind. Academic emphasis is placed on Bible, mathematics, science, history, and language arts, which include phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, reading intervention, and writing. The program is enriched with P.E., art, music, and technology. Classroom interventions include Dr. Feuerstein’s Instruments of Cognitive Enrichment (FIE) for critical thinking and reasoning.

Grades 7-12
Special Services is an alternative to the traditional classroom for students in 7-12 grades with mild to moderate learning exceptionalities. Academic emphasis is placed on Bible, mathematics, science, history, literature, and language arts. The program is enriched with elective options of P.E., art, and music. Students who successfully complete the coursework receive a standard high school diploma.
Our Intensive program is designed for students in grades 7-8 who are academically two or more years behind.  The curriculum focuses on Bible, Math, and Intensive Language Arts, which include phonetically based decoding, syllabication, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  Once academic skill levels are mastered, students may move from Intensive into a Special Services classroom.

Vocational Victors Class is for students ages 14-22 with various intellectual development disorders, such as Down’s syndrome, severe Autism, and significant cognitive impairment.  It focuses on teaching Biblical principles through daily life skills that are necessary for independent living outside of the school environment.  Academics include Bible, Reading, Language, Math, Social Studies, and Developmental P.E.  These are additionally augmented by various educational therapies.  Victors students who receive a certificate of completion and continue to excel may be eligible to participate in a Post Transition Plan until the age of 22.  This plan joins a challenging academics schedule with the development of job skills through internships.

Educational Therapy

Students applying to the Special Services School and/or Therapy Services must have a series of Psychological and Educational Assessments. All students applying to RBCS Special Services must sign up for a full battery of testing if they do not have current results.

Search and Teach
SEARCH is a screening given to all RBCS students who are between 5 and 6 years old. This is a service that we provide for all RBCS students in an effort to identify students with vulnerabilities to learning difficulties especially in the area of reading. TEACH addresses five processing areas of Visual, Visual Motor, Auditory, Body Image, and Intermodal. The student and therapist meet for either 30 minutes three times a week or 45 minutes twice a week depending on the schedule and needs of the student.

Discovery Program
This program offers ET-1 which meets for 80 minute sessions twice a week or ET-2 which meets for 45 minute sessions once a week, 1:1 student teacher ratio.

RX for Discover Reading
Students meet for 45 minute sessions, twice a week, in groups of two to six students.

Discovery Math
NILD is field-testing math intervention, and RBCS has been chosen by the National Institute of Learning Development as a pilot program for Discovery Math.  This program is a math intervention designed for children who have average to gifted intelligence exhibiting math difficulties.  This intervention focuses on establishing the essential foundational skills necessary for number sense, automaticity, math vocabulary, problem solving and abstract reasoning.  Using the math components from NILD Group Educational Therapy, this multi-sensory approach to discovering math is an effective means to building and strengthening math skills. Students meet for 45 minute sessions, twice a week.

Feurerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE)
This program enhances the cognitive skills necessary for independent learning and thinking. Based on the theories and research of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, the programs are built on the idea that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, NOT static or fixed. Thus, the program sharpens critical thinking with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations, and techniques necessary for independent learning and higher achievement. It challenges deficiencies in thinking skills that block strong academic performance and helps the student to learn how to learn more efficiently.
FIE Basic is designed for children ages 3 through grade 3 and/or students on the Autism Spectrum/tendencies.  These cognitive therapeutic instruments provide the ability to process information efficiently, make comparisons, organize information, and improve social perception.
FIE Standard I-III is designed for children grade 4-adulthood.  When students enter the classroom without these learning skills, it is very difficult for them to gain maximum benefit from educational experiences, regardless of the quality of instruction or the effort expended by the instructor/student.

Speech Therapy
This program involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders such as difficulty in articulation, receptive and/or expressive language deficits. Sessions meet twice a week for 30 minutes with our in-house Speech-Language Pathologist.

Occupational Therapy
This program involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment in fine motor development, neuromusculoskeletal, and/or sensory integration that may affect handwriting and daily living activities.  Students meet for 30 minute sessions, twice a week with an Occupational Therapist.