Because students learn differently
CHC works every day to meet all of our students’ unique learning needs. Every student in Kindergarten through Grade 8 receives individual attention from their teachers, who are adept at customizing learning approaches and lesson plans.
Our Academic Services provide support inside and outside the classroom for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 students who need extra assistance or more academic challenges. The mission of CHAS is to serve our students by providing support services that address individual academic needs and equip them to be all that God created them to be. The CHAS department consists of a full-time Lower School and full-time Upper School Learning Specialist, a Search & Teach early-childhood specialist and the Academic Services Coordinator. A Response to Intervention (RtI) process is used as the CHAS team partners with classroom teachers to meet the needs of all students.
Intervention through small-group and one-on-one teaching, testing, tutoring and educational therapy are conducted by qualified staff and give CHC teachers more opportunities to know and love each student. Our collaborative Response to Intervention process involves teachers, parents and students working together to problem solve, set goals and determine if further help is needed. CHC also meets all students’ unique learning needs by providing a dedicated WIN (What I Need) Period for individual study and support.
Here are the additional Academic Services CHC provides.
CHC's commitment to helping all students learn is extraordinary
We don’t just talk about inclusion. We embrace and embody it. For nearly 40 years, our school has welcomed students with a wide range of learning abilities and interests. We welcome questions about all of the fantastic educational support services we offer.
Accommodations Planning & Implementation
For those students with diagnosed health or learning challenges, a Classroom Accommodations and Modifications Plan (CAMP) can be created and shared with teachers to support learning needs in the classroom.
SEARCH & TEACH
This early intervention program is for students (PreK-1st) who need stimulation and development of the basic foundational skills of perceptual readiness (visual, auditory, visual-motor, directionality) prior to and in addition to formal reading instruction. All Kindergarten students are given the SEARCH© scan during the first quarter of school. This is the early identification portion of SEARCH & TEACH©. For students who qualify, Developmental Readiness Activities, called TEACH Tasks, are personalized for each child’s unique needs.
Discovery Educational Therapy
Discovery may be recommended for students in grades 2-8 that have documented learning disabilities and need 1:1 intensive intervention. Discovery is based on a model of intervention developed by the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), www.nild.org. NILD is endorsed and accredited by leading experts and organizations in the field of education, including the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
C.H.E.E.R (Cherry Hills Early Enrichment Reading, K-5) is for students who need additional direct instruction in the structure of language in a small group setting. This multi-sensory interactive approach is designed to specifically impact reading, writing, and spelling development.
For high achieving students who demonstrate a need for additional academic challenge in our school, personalized opportunities are available. Accelerated Math and Passion Projects are two examples of how student learning can be extended.
After school, small group support for students in grades 2-8, specifically focused on homework completion.
A student-led club that meets quarterly as a community of learners coming together to support each other.
Through our Response to Intervention Process, tutoring may be recommended for a student if there is availability.
For further information regarding Academic Services offered at CHCS, please contact Susan Garretson.
The Lower School and Upper School Learning Specialists offer math support, as needed, for K-8 students.