The REACH Program was established to offer support, guidance and remedial methods to qualifying students with learning differences. A learning difference specialist, and one or two additional degreed teachers provide small group and one-on-one instruction. All students attend regular classes with support from the REACH Program in regularly scheduled periods. The same textbooks and materials used in the classroom are used. The students are expected to complete the regular course work with accommodations and modifications specific to their learning needs. Classroom teachers are notified about each individual student’s leaning needs.
Freshmen REACH students will earn class credit and a letter grade through the REACH Contracted Study component. Students commit themselves to academic excellence while learning interpersonal and life skills. This requires preparation, cooperation and consistency. Parents are expected to attend the scheduled conferences and support the efforts of the students and teachers.
Students accepted into the REACH Program will have a REACH section each semester of high school (except for first-semester freshmen, who have two REACH sections). Senior students in REACH will not have off-hour. If they drop out of the REACH program their sophomore, junior year or senior year, students will then have to pick up one or two years of Foreign Language.
Students are accepted into the REACH program for all four years of high school. Students are reviewed at the end of each semester for their progress and suitability. Students may be put on a plan of improvement if students are clearly not interested in fully participating in the program or not showing satisfactory progress. The REACH Director reserves the right to not accept a student back into the program.
Eligibility for the REACH Program is based on current testing (within the past three years) from a qualified examiner that reflects intellectual ability, academic achievement and documentation of a learning difference. Two letters of recommendation addressing the student’s character are required as well as an interview with the REACH Program Director and the REACH teachers.
For more information about the REACH Program at BMCHS, contact Lynda Schaffel, Director of the REACH Program.