The REACH Program was established to offer support, guidance and remedial methods to qualifying students with learning disabilities. There are at least two special educators that provide small group and one-on-one instruction to students in the REACH classes. All students attend daily classes during regularly scheduled periods and use the same materials as other students. They are expected to complete the regular course work with accommodations specific to their learning needs. Classroom teachers are notified about each individual student’s learning needs. Accommodations might include extended time for testing, tutoring and reading test questions.
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 their student and teachers.
Students accepted into the REACH Program will have a REACH section each semester of high school unless they phase out of the program or do not meet the REACH requirements. Senior students in REACH will not have an off-hour. If they drop out of the REACH program their sophomore, junior or senior year, students will then have to pick up one or two years of World Language.
A review of each student’s progress and suitability is done at the end of each semester. Students may be put on a plan of improvement if satisfactory progress is not shown. The REACH Director reserves the right to drop a student from the program if they are not meeting the guidelines set forth in REACH. 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 disability. The parent provides the REACH team with three people from the present school for recommendations. An interview is required before a student can be accepted into the program.