What is the Edison student success program?
At Fellowship Christian School, "A school for the whole family," is a term you'll hear often. We are academically challenging as well as missional. We provide families the opportunity to have their children attend a strong Christian school together, including those siblings with different learning needs.
Edison is a student success program dedicated to the development of helping every FCS student be academically successful. Within the Edison program, there are several resources available to all FCS students.
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What support does Edison Provide?
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Edison coordinates communication between classroom teachers, students, parents and administrators to assist FCS students with management of assignments and academic responsibilities.Please contact the Edison Director if your student is in need of this service.
An in-house tutoring/support program for Middle School and High School is currently in place.Elementary School will have a program in place for the 2017-2018 school year.
Edison offers academic support and skill remediation for students who learn differently.Students identified with a mild learning difference, attention issues or executive functioning difficulties are identified through an independent psycho-educational evaluation and are offered learning support through academic accommodations.
Academic Support Information
Our youngest Paladins with learning differences are supported through small group math and language arts support. Upper elementary students are instructed through a co-teaching model in addition to a pull-out, small group teaching model to address specific academic needs.Middle and high school students receive support by attending an Edison class in place of an elective or a study hall.
Each Edison student receives an individualized accommodation plan listing the accommodations used for academic support. The accommodations are taken from the psycho-educational recommendations and feedback from parents and teachers. FCS does not use any modifications to the academic program that may be listed on the testing report. The student’s support team, consisting of the student, student’s parents, teachers, and the Edison teacher, meet to review the accommodation plan. The Edison teacher works closely with the classroom teachers in monitoring and implementing the plan. Edison students are dismissed from the program when the student support team decides the student has the strategies in place to be successful without Edison support.
Elementary: At the elementary level a combined pull-out and inclusion teaching model is implemented.
PreK – 2nd grades -The Edison teacher works closely with the classroom teacher, sharing teaching responsibilities while focusing on the Edison students.She also works with Edison students in the Edison classroom where students receive direct instruction in math and language arts as needed.
3rd – 5th grades - The Edison teacher assists with creating lesson plans and sharing teaching responsibilities with the classroom teacher to enable Edison students to be instructed and supported within the classroom in the least restrictive learning environment. While in the classroom, the Edison teacher focuses on the Edison students providing support and remediation, which can be immediately implemented into student learning. If an Edison student is identified with academic gaps the Edison teacher provides direct instruction in the Edison classroom to fill the gaps and returns the student to his/her classroom as quickly as possible.
Middle & High School - Students are scheduled by grade level and meet one class period each day. Instruction is given on topics including study skills, test taking, executive function skills, organization, developing good study habits, and self-advocacy skills. The remainder of the time is used for structured curriculum study and review and is student-needs directed. Edison students receive a grade for their in-class assignments and participation. High school students receive a credit for the class. Although students occasionally receive individualized instruction, the class is not designed for individual tutoring, nor is it a time for students to do daily homework. When high school students are ready to transition out of the Edison program, but still need minimal support, they have the option of contracting for a two-day a week program. The need for this option is discussed by the student’s support team at the end of the school year.
Edison Endeavor Program Information
The mission of the Edison Endeavor program is to provide students who learn differently with the opportunity to learn at their own pace, working to their full academic potential, while earning a college preparatory degree that integrates a Biblical worldview.
Endeavor Student Profile: Students in the Endeavor program have an average or higher academic ability with a diagnosed mild learning difference and need to learn at a varied pace. Core academic classes are taken with teachers certified to instruct students who learn differently. Additionally, students will be integrated into their grade level Bible and elective courses.
Requirements for Acceptance into Endeavor Program: Students applying for Endeavor must have an updated educational psychological evaluation (within three years) with a diagnosis of a mild learning disorder such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, and a different information-processing rate. The program is not equipped to work with students on the autism spectrum, those with behavioral/emotional difficulties, or students not capable of learning on a level to be prepared for college.
Features and Benefits of the Endeavor Program:
Receive a college preparatory diploma with Biblical integration
Low student to teacher ratio (10:1)
Multi-sensory teaching format with a teach-and-repeat instructional style
Individualized plan with appropriate pacing for the student’s needs
Adaptive modifications to include oral testing, extended time for tests and assignments and manipulative-based instruction
Close partnership with parents/student/teachers including monthly briefings on student progress
Ability to support the entire family at one academic institution
Grades Served: Endeavor will begin with grades 6 and 7 for the 2017-18 school year.8th grade will be added for the 2018-19 year and high school the following year. Students will graduate high school with a Fellowship Christian School college preparatory diploma.
Students accepted into the Endeavor program will remain in the program for the full academic year. A fee of $7,000 will be added to their tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year.