Helping Your Child Become an Independent Learner
The Student Academic Services Department – known as “SAS” – strives to strengthen the learning skills and processing tools of students to help them become independent learners.
Meeting Academic Needs
SAS helps to fulfill the BCS mission. Some students need academic support and an opportunity to strengthen how they learn to “understand, evaluate, and transform their world." We are also supporting families that desire a Christian education but may have a child who struggles in the classroom.
Individual Educational Therapy is a supplemental program established to help students with learning difficulties. These students have experienced frustration and/or failure in school. The program is accredited by the National Institute for Learning Development and uses intervention techniques in one-on-one educational sessions for approximately three hours per week. The focus of the intense individualized sessions is on continual mediation and stimulation for developing deficit areas of perception, basic skills and problem solving.
Educational therapy is a class that initially focuses on identifying a student’s strengths and patterns of vulnerability. An individualized program is then established to effectively train a student’s perceptual and cognitive processing. The emphasis is not on teaching compensatory skills or on tutoring a student through a particular curriculum. Educational therapy provides an intensive and intentional opportunity for students to strengthen those areas of vulnerability that inhibit their ability to be successful in class, work independently and learn new concepts.
Developing New Strategies
Often, students need to work on reading, writing, spelling, and/or math fluency skills. Students may need to learn new strategies to establish skills in problem solving, attention, reasoning and to strengthen auditory and/or visual processing skills. The program is individualized to the needs of the student with the goal of achieving basic, grade level skills in reading, writing, and math and the ability to function as an independent learner with minimal accommodations or modifications in the classroom.