“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
Our Educational Services program was created to meet the needs of students that require more than traditional classes. Knowing that God created individuals with distinct learning styles, we find it 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 without this class structure.
Educational Services offers multiple forms of instruction and therapy to best meet the needs of each student. Special Services classrooms have a lower student-teacher ratio, which provides a greater opportunity for individualized instruction in a group setting. NILD Educational Therapy provides an added intervention which targets the student’s deficit areas. This individualized therapy program strengthens those weak areas so that students may reach their academic potential.
Development of the whole student spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively is part of our mission at RBCS.
Early Intervention Development
Early Intervention Development serves students, ages 5 through 8, with developmental delays. The Christ-centered learning environment is developmentally appropriate and language enriched. Students engage in learning through differentiated curriculum and instruction. Early Intervention Development has traditionally smaller classes with a 10:2 student-teacher ratio. Appropriate intervention in a student’s early years may alleviate further struggles.
Talent Development serves students, ages 5-14, in grades 1-5 with mild to moderate learning exceptionalities. A multi-level classroom environment allows for academic material to be presented with differentiated learning styles in mind. Low student-teacher ratios of 14:2 enable greater opportunities for extensive accommodations and interventions. Classroom interventions include Dr. Feuerstein’s Instruments of Cognitive Enrichment (FIE) for critical thinking and reasoning.
The TD+ Program serves students ages 8-14 with various moderate learning exceptionalities. The multi-level classroom, similar to the one-room schoolhouse approach, allows for instruction to students according to their academic ability with a 5:1 student-teacher ratio.
For students in grades 6-12, Special Services/A-1 is an alternative to the traditional classroom with a 12:1 student-teacher ratio. The students typically have mild to moderate learning exceptionalities. After successfully completing the coursework, students will receive a standard high school diploma.
The Intensive program is designed for students in grades 6-12 who are academically two or more years behind. Intensive program classes have a student-teacher ratio of 12:1. Students may move from the Intensive program to Special Services once academic skill levels are mastered. After completing the program, students will receive an ACCESS Diploma; a high school diploma based on modified standards and curriculum.
The vocational Victors class is designed for students, ages 14-22, with various intellectual development disorders, such as Down’s syndrome, severe Autism, and significant cognitive impairment. With a student/teacher ratio of 5:1, the class focuses on teaching Biblical principles through daily life skills that are necessary for independent living outside of the school environment. Classes are supplemented 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 academic schedule with the development of job skills through internships.
Search and Teach
SEARCH is a screening given to all RBCS students who are between 5 and 6 years old. This service is provided in an effort to identify students susceptible to learning difficulties, especially in the area of reading.
TEACH prioritizes pre-reading tasks from simple to complex and organizes them into a practical plan of five clusters as determined by the results of the SEARCH screening.
NILD Educational Therapy®
NILD Educational Therapy® is designed to give individualized help for each student. The focus is to strengthen learning deficits and help students perform better in class. NILD therapy students become competent, confident learners. They gain mastery over their cognitive vulnerabilities and hone their cognitive strengths for success in the classroom and in life.
This program involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders such as difficulty in articulation, receptive and/or expressive language deficits. Students meet on our Niceville campus with an external Speech-Language Pathologist for therapy.
Occupational and Physical Therapy
Occupational and Physical Therapy are offered on the RBCS Niceville campus through an external provider. It involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of fine motor development, neuromusculoskeletal, and/or sensory integration that may affect handwriting and daily living activities.
Rocky Bayou Christian School is a K-3 through 12th grade college preparatory Christian school with campuses in Niceville and Crestview offering traditional, special services, online academy and homeschool programs. RBCS is accredited through the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) and is committed to equipping generations to use their God-given abilities as Champions for Christ. RBCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in any of its programs.