Educational Services

Special Services Program

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 unique individuals with distinct learning styles, it is ineffective to implement the same instructional techniques for all students. Research supports that not all individuals learn in the same way. 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. Our goal is to use the most effective learning techniques available to develop their God-given talent and potential. Development of the whole student: spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively is part of our mission at RBCS. Students are assessed with a battery of educational, perceptual, and psychological tests to be placed in the Special Services Program. A student may be placed in a Special Services classroom and/or Therapy program based on the results of the testing. Specific classroom availability is based on enrollment. All students are candidates for a high school diploma.

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 include phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, art, and writing. The program is also enriched with music and physical education.  Appropriate early intervention in a young 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.  Jeremiah reminds us that the Lord has plans for his children. "I know the plans I have for you; plans to bless you with hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 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 created 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 extensive accommodations, modifications 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 average to gifted intelligence who learn differently. Students entering this program undergo a battery of tests to assess strengths and deficits so that teaching may be individualized to each student’s learning style in order to maximize their God given potential. Students who successfully complete the coursework receive a standard diploma.

Our Intensive program is designed for students in grades 7-12 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, 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

General Information

RBCS has several types of therapy for the various learning needs.  The student is first tested and evaluated.  The RBCS full battery of tests includes:   Testing Battery
  1. Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) [ages to 16]
  2. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R) [ages 17+]
  3. Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement
  4. Roe/Burns Informal Reading Inventory
  5. Informal Tests: Draw a Person, Draw a Clock, dictation, copy, sequencing of alphabet, numbers, days of the week and months of the year
 
  • 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.
 
  • RBCS charges $650.00 for the full battery of testing.  However, if your child has any testing from another facility please upload online, scan and send, fax or hand deliver during the application process to the Admission Office. The testing will be reviewed by the Therapy Services Department and you will be notified if further testing is needed.  This may reduce the cost or need for additional testing from RBCS.  You will not be charged for testing your child does not need.
  After this process the Therapy Services Director makes a recommendation for the type of therapy or therapies the student would need.  A meeting will be scheduled with parents to discuss the testing 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 is for children who have average to gifted intelligence, but struggle in their academics due to diagnosed learning deficits.  The National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) has developed and licensed the program used here at RBCS to equip our students to succeed academically as independent learners.  This program offers ET-1 which meets for 80 minute sessions twice a week or ET-2 for 45 minute sessions, 1:1 student teacher ratio.

RX for Discovery Reading

This program is a reading intervention designed for children who have average to gifted intelligence exhibiting reading difficulties. Establishing the essential foundational skills necessary for reading is the focus of this intervention. This includes phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency. Using the reading components from NILD Educational Therapy, this multi-sensory approach to discovering reading is an effective approach to building and strengthening reading skills. They meet for 45 minute sessions, twice a week, in groups of two to six students.

Discovery Math

NILD is field-testing math intervention.  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.  They meet for 45 minute sessions, twice a week.

Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment

Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is a program that 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.  They meet for 45 minute sessions, twice a week, in groups of two.

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 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.
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