LANGUAGE LAB PROGRAMS
The Lower School Language Lab program is a specialized two-year program for second and third grade students identified with reading, spelling, and/or written language delays. The Lab program utilizes the Take Flight curriculum, an empirically-based intervention program developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This program addresses the essential components of effective reading instruction including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and reading vocabulary. Spelling and cursive handwriting are also integral aspects of the Language Lab program. Lab, instructed by our specially trained certified academic language therapists, is offered as a daily, small group experience during a student’s regular Language Arts time. A student must have a psychoeducational evaluation on file that indicates a learning difference or a functional limitation that warrants placement in Language Lab.
During fifth and sixth grades, students who continue to need extra assistance in reading fluency, reading comprehension, written language skills, spelling, and grammar are offered placement in Language Lab in lieu of the grade level foreign language class. The Lab class, instructed by the Middle School Learning Specialist, meets twice per week for 45 minutes each session. The curriculum includes daily practice (review or expanded instruction) in all of the above skill areas. A student must have a psychoeducational evaluation on file that indicates a learning difference or a functional limitation that warrants this curriculum exemption.