Learning Resource Program

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The Learning Resource Program at Fort Myers Christian School is designed to assist students who are enrolled in K-8 and struggle academically. We will work with the student, teachers, and parents to provide academic support for students who have been professionally diagnosed and have an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) or 504 Plan for the following:

• Mild learning difficulties

• Dyslexia

• ADD/ADHD with academic difficulties

We understand that children have different learning styles, strengths and weaknesses which can inhibit their best efforts to succeed academically. The Learning Resource Program will be a place students can get specific help in math, reading, spelling, language, writing and study skills as well as address certain processing problems that may block optimum achievement through explicit, systematic and researched based teaching strategies and materials.

For more information, click on our brochure: Learning Resource Program Brochure with fees 2017-18

Space is limited, so do not wait!

VERY IMPORTANT: Initial forms that parents should download, print and fill out that Mrs. Stewart will read for initial evaluation:

Learning Resource Program (LRP)  information:

1. Click for Mrs. Stewart’s blog

2. LRP Prospective family letter

3. Questionnaire LRP prospective families

4. LR Program Teacher Reference Form

Information on the McKay Scholarships

Completed forms can be faxed to 239-425-0292, dropped off at the school office or emailed to mstewart@fmcs-fl.org

The Learning Resource Program serves over 30 students who either receive primary instruction within the Learning Resource Program (LRP) or accommodations and support within their general education classroom. Approximately 58% of these students are able to attend due to the Florida McKay Scholarship and have established IEP’s.

We strive to work closely with each classroom teacher to keep students as close to grade level achievement as possible. The individual educational needs are addressed within the LRP classroom through a variety of specific programs and tools. I have four certified teachers who assist me both in the Resource Room and in the student’s classroom at various times throughout the day. We are blessed with six student computers and two iPads in the Resource Room with quality programs installed to address specific reading, spelling, and math needs and each has access to the internet for research and practice programs. Our school has Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments online and accessible to our student body in every classroom.

We would also like to answer frequently asked questions:

Q: Are Learning Resource students and McKay students the same?
A: No, as seen above, not all our students in the program qualify for that scholarship from the state.

Q: Are there limits on the type of students we are accepting?
A: Yes, as stated in our brochure – “we will work with the student, teachers, and parents to provide academic support for students who have been professionally diagnosed and have an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) or 504 Plan for the following: Mild learning difficulties, Dyslexia and ADD/ADHD with academic difficulties.” The key right now, if you are talking with prospective families, is that the word “mild.” We are not staffed and equipped to handle some of the other major disabilities.

Q: If we focus on students who are struggling as a school, does that hurt our high achievers?
A: We strongly believe the answer is “NO.” Students who are struggling below grade level now have a chance to get more individualized help by leaving the classroom for math and language arts in the resource room. It also a blessing to watch students helping each other – a lesson all adults could learn from these days.