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Student Support Services

Delaware County Christian School (DC) views all students as valued, unique image bearers of God, and we believe that Christian education is a means used by God to develop a Christian mindset so that every student can fulfill God’s will in his or her life. Based on the foundational belief that human intellect can be shaped and developed, Student Support Services exists to work with diverse nontraditional learners and provide them with the tools to fulfill the plans that God has for them. This population of students is those who need accommodations and/or supplemental services to experience maximum success in the regular classroom. Our ongoing goal is to support and stretch these students in order for them to succeed in our Christian, college preparatory, school program. Our Student Support Services faculty provide a safe learning environment that both nurtures and challenges students. Respecting and appreciating whom God made their students be, they care deeply about each student’s well-being and his or her success in school, and their desire is for their students to find joy in learning.

We pray that each of our students will claim this promise found in Psalm 18:29:
“By my God, I can scale a wall.”

We want to inspire young men and women to aspire to fulfill the plans that the Lord has for them!
 

Lower School

Within each division, the overall purpose of Student Support Services is to be a resource for parents, faculty and students. However, within each division, as students are at different stages of maturity, our support is more specifically targeted. At the Lower School our focused goal is to partner with parents to identify and provide or obtain the most appropriate support for their student, in the classroom, through Student Support Services, or through the Intermediate Unit, as their child gains and strengthens the skills and motivation to be a life-long learner.

Reading Replacement: 

This instruction is intended for students who may be one to two years below grade level in reading. This is determined by a psycho-educational evaluation, STAR or Aimsweb assessments, and standardized testing results as well as input from the classroom teacher. In the younger grades, the Wilson Reading Program may be used in place of the classroom curriculum. In fourth and fifth grades, this individual or small group instruction approximates the classroom curriculum with modifications used in the reading level of books, pacing, volume, and level of work expected each day. Instructional goals are included in the student’s support plan that describes the specially designed instruction. Reading replacement meets 5 days per week during the student’s classroom reading instruction. Reading grades are given by the reading replacement teacher. This is one of the most intensive individualized levels of support offered.
This is a contracted service that can be provided at an additional cost.

Learning Support: 

This service provides academic assistance for students who have documented learning needs based on a current psycho-educational evaluation. Learning support provides help with organizational and study skills, assistance in completing classwork, homework, and projects, reinforcement of content and skills, test preparation, and proctoring. Students may meet in small groups or individually. This is one of the most intensive individualized levels of support offered.
This is a contracted service that can be provided at an additional cost.

Reading Help:

This is small group instruction available for students in third through fifth grades. Placement is determined by results on the STAR fall, winter, and spring reading assessments, standardized testing, report card grades, and teacher recommendation. This service provides additional reinforcement of decoding and comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and oral reading fluency skills. This is a moderate level of support provided in small groups.

Math Help:

This is small group instruction available for students in second through fifth grades. Placement is determined by results on the Everyday Math assessments given at the beginning, middle, and end of the year, standardized testing, report card grades, and teacher recommendation. The instruction provides reinforcement of the classroom lesson and current skills being learned. This is a moderate level of support provided in small groups.

RTI (Response to Intervention):

This small group reading instruction is available for students in kindergarten through second grade. Placement is based on the Aimsweb fall, winter, and spring assessments, and teacher recommendation. It is designed with the flexibility to have students enter and exit from groups, based on need or progress. 

CCIU Services:

The Chester County Intermediate Unit provides a reading specialist who will evaluate and work with students who qualify for reading remediation. The CCIU also provides DC with a speech/language therapist. The therapist screens students in kindergarten through second grade and makes referrals based on students’ needs.

Lower School Student Support Faculty: 
  • Ms. Madison Moore – Learning Support, Reading and Math Help
  • Mrs. Susan Kanaley – Reading Replacement, RTI

Middle School

Within each division, the overall purpose of Student Support Services is to be a resource for parents, faculty and students. However, within each division, as students are at different stages of maturity, our support is more specifically targeted. Based on the developmental characteristics of Middle School students, our focused goal during these three years is to team with teachers to support students as they develop the skills of organization and time management.

Resource Room:

Resource Rooms are available for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and a student can be enrolled for a minimum of 2 periods or as many as 5 periods per week depending on need.
Resource Room enrollment can be recommended by classroom teachers, by parents, or as a result of psycho-educational testing for students who need academic support. Students enrolled in Resource Room are not required to have a psycho-educational evaluation unless an Accommodation Plan is needed. Resource Room is scheduled during study halls or in place of World Language. Individualized or small group instruction is provided in executive functions, note-taking, and study skills. Students are assisted through reinforcement of new concepts, re-teaching of material, and strengthening of academic skills in areas such as reading, math, and written expression. Students receive help with establishing short- and long-term goals, planning for long-term assignments, test preparation, and organization of time and materials. The goal of Resource Room is for each student to achieve independence and success in the classroom setting.
This is a contracted service which is available at an additional cost. 

Accommodation Plans:

Students with documented disabilities, attention deficits, executive function difficulties, and/or serious health concerns may qualify for an accommodation plan. Current documentation, within the last three years, (or one year in the case of a medical issue) is required and must be given to the Director of Student Support Services to be kept on file to substantiate the accommodation plan.

Student Support Services Faculty:

The team of support teachers at DC is incredibly gifted; they know their students well and are committed to helping them become the best learners that they can be. Their role is one of supporting students and teachers in the classroom and encouraging parents as they fulfill their role in their children’s lives. They are also available as resources for parents and teachers. The Student Support Services faculty members encourage both students and parents to follow the principles in Matthew 18 and go directly to faculty members with their concerns; the team’s role is one of advocating for students, if needed, once the appropriate steps have been followed.

Middle School Student Support Faculty: 
  • Mrs. Gina Critchlow – 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Resource Rooms
  • Mrs. Katelyn Gottier – Assistant Director of Student Support Services, 7th Grade Resource Room

Upper School

Within each division, the overall purpose of Student Support Services is to be a resource for parents, teachers, and students. However, within each division, as students mature, our support is more specifically targeted. At the Upper School level, we recognize that our time with these students is drawing to a close, so our focused goal during these four years is to support students as they develop the competence and confidence necessary to become independent, successful learners.

Resource Room:

Resource Rooms are available for students in 9th through 12th grades, and a student can be enrolled for a minimum of 2 periods or as many as 4 periods per week depending on need.
Resource Room enrollment can be recommended by classroom teachers, by parents, or as a result of psycho-educational testing for students who need academic support. Students enrolled in Resource Room are not required to have a psycho-educational evaluation unless an Accommodation Plan is needed. Resource Room is scheduled during study halls. Individualized or small group instruction is provided in executive functions, note-taking, and study skills. Students are assisted through reinforcement of new concepts, re-teaching of material, and strengthening of academic skills in reading, math, and written expression. Students receive help with establishing short and long-term goals, planning for long-term assignments, test preparation, and organization of time and materials. The goal of Resource Room is for each student to achieve independence and success in the classroom setting.
This is a contracted service which is available at an additional cost. 

Accommodation Plans:

Students with documented disabilities, attention deficits, executive function difficulties, and/or serious health concerns may qualify for an accommodation plan.  Current documentation, within the last three years, (or one year in the case of a medical issue) is required and must be given to the Director of Student Support Services to be kept on file to substantiate the Accommodation Plan.

Student Support Services Faculty:

The team of support teachers at DC is incredibly gifted; they know their students well and are committed to helping them become the best learners that they can be. They are also available as resources for parents and teachers. In addition to serving the students, their role is one of supporting teachers in the classroom and encouraging parents as they fulfill their role in their children’s lives. The Student Support Services faculty members encourage both students and parents to follow the principles in Matthew 18 and go directly to faculty members with their concerns; the team’s role is one of advocating for students, if needed, once the appropriate steps have been followed.

Upper School Student Support Faculty: 
  • Mrs. Katelyn Gottier – Assistant Director of Student Support Services, 9th and 10th Grade Resource Rooms
  • Mr. Chuck Patterson – 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Resource Rooms
  • Mrs. Jody Puckett – Director of Student Support Services, 1th and 12th Grade Resource Rooms