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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?

Long-term injury or illness academic support

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.

Tutoring

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.

Academic support

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.

Edison Director

Kathi Francesconi

Director of Edison

What Is Edison?

The Edison program is designed to support students in K-4 through 12th grades to reach their full academic potential. The Edison goal is to support and provide remediation for students who struggle academically. Students with learning challenges such as an identified learning disability or attention issues are identified through an educational-psychological evaluation, current within three years and are given learning support through academic accommodations.

Who is eligible for the program?

• Current students who are struggling academically and recommended by a teacher, parent, or administrator
• Students with a current educational-psychological test on file with FCS stating the student needs classroom accommodations to achieve academic success
• Students new to FCS with current educational-psychological testing who require Edison as a part of their admissions process.
• Current FCS students whose re-enrollment requirement is to join the Edison program.

Is there anyone that may not be served at FCS?

We are not equipped to serve students who have learning differences due to emotional, social, or behavioral issues, nor can we accommodate students who need a small classroom to be academically successful. Students need to have the IQ potential to successfully master a college-preparatory curriculum.

May I provide my own tutor?

The Edison program remediates skills and offers the support most students need for success. In cases needing specialists such as an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist or other type of specialized assistance, we accommodate the specialists on campus whenever possible. Occasionally a student may have academic deficits that require outside tutoring for a short period of time. We are happy to assist by offering tutors to address specific needs.

What specific support does the Edison provide?

The Edison Director utilizes the educational-psychological report and feedback from parents and teachers to write an Accommodation Plan for the classroom. An Accommodation Plan meeting is scheduled to review the plan. The student’s parents, teachers, and the Edison teacher partner to review the document and discuss academic support for the student. Throughout the year the Edison teacher continues to assist the classroom teachers in implementing and monitoring the plan.

At the Elementary level an inclusion teaching model is utilized with occasional pull-out. The Edison teacher coordinates writing lesson plans and teaching responsibilities with the classroom teacher so the student is supported within the classroom with his/her peers. The Edison teacher focuses instruction on the Edison student providing support and remediation which can be immediately implemented into the student’s curriculum. If an Edison student shows gaps in learning the Edison teacher instructs the student in the Edison room to fill the gaps and returns the student to his/her classroom as soon as possible.

Does my student qualify for accommodations on the SAT or ACT?

The SAT and ACT college testing boards make their own decisions on whether a student may receive testing accommodations. Two weeks are needed to complete the application process for accommodations on the SAT or ACT. Applications must be submitted to the college testing boards for review seven weeks prior to testing. The Edison Director works with the FCS College guidance counselor to assist parents in submitting testing accommodations requests

What if my student has formalized testing completed mid-year?

When a formal academic assessment is completed mid-year and accommodations are recommended for classroom or for testing they are implemented through contracting with the Edison program. When formalized testing is submitted to FCS that necessitates classroom or testing accommodations it is implemented through contracting with the Edison program. Upon contracting, the Edison Director reviews the student’s testing, writes the Accommodation Plan, and schedules a meeting with the student’s parents, teachers, and the Edison teacher. This process takes two to three weeks. If your student has formalized testing completed mid-year and is identified with learning needs, please contact the Edison Director to discuss the next steps to implement academic support.

What if I need my child’s teacher to complete paperwork?

Pediatricians and psychologists often request teacher feedback through surveys and other forms as a part of their testing. All teacher forms are given to the Edison director who distributes them to teachers, collects and sends to the doctors. Please allow a minimum of five working days for completion of the forms. It is FCS policy that all completed paperwork is sent directly to the doctor or originating institution.

Is there an extra cost for Edison?

The cost for Edison is $2,500 and encompasses the full school year. Admission is based on a contractual agreement. The cost of the Edison program may be added to the existing tuition contract. Please contact the Edison Project Director for enrollment.