In the Middle School, daily individualized literacy support is provided within the classroom through a collaborative model. The Learning Services and Language Arts teachers partner to provide instruction each day during 70-minute blocks to ensure that reading and writing success occurs within the context of the Reading and Language Arts courses.
In the Upper School, a variety of literacy courses are offered to support the development of reading and written expression in concert with college preparation classes. For example, one group may focus more upon intensive written expression, while another is building reading comprehension and related written expression skills. The literacy courses are worth one credit and, like other classes, require homework completion.
For students still learning how to decode and encode, St. Andrew’s utilizes the Wilson Reading System or Orton-Gillingham. Instruction is direct, systematic, individualized, and multisensory. Teachers are certified through a rigorous program of training and professional development. Diagnostic testing assists in determining program placement and progress once the program has been initiated.