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Center for Academic Success (CAS)

Some people ask, “Why are you one of the few private schools in Houston that has this type of programming?”  The answer is simple ­– because we should.  FBA provides an exceptional, Biblically-based education that prepares our students for high school – ALL of our students.  If we have students that struggle, especially since our program is already rigorous, then we should also offer programming that will provide an avenue for success. 

                                                                                                

                                                                                              Brig Thompson
                                                                                              Head of School

Goal

Assist students in developing tools of independent learning for the classroom and life while training them to see themselves as competent, confident learners.

Focus

Strengthen the underlying causes of learning difficulties by developing four key components: cognition, perception, academics and emotions. 

Team

Bridget Hughes, CAS Director
B.S. in Elementary Education
M.Ed. in Special Education
Texas and ACSI Teaching Certifications
National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) Lifetime Professional Certification
Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT)  

Nanette Womac, CAS Therapist
B.A. Elementary Education
M.Ed. in Educational Psychology/Special Education/Diagnostician
Texas Teaching Certification
Texas Diagnostician Certification
National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) Professional Certification  
Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT)   

Pam Mitschke, CAS Therapist
B.A. Elementary Education
M.Ed. in Education
Texas Teaching Certification
Texas Special Education Certification
National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) Professional Certification

Vickie Robinson, CAS Therapist
B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology
M.ED. in Educational Administration
Texas Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education

Paige Swiggart, CAS Learning Lab Teacher
B.S. in Education
Texas Teacher Certification (1-8)
Texas Special Education Teacher Certification  

Linda Thompson, CAS Learning Lab Teacher
B.A. in English and Speech
Texas State Teaching Certification (7-12) 

 

Levels

CAS intervention programs can be one-on-one or small group, with sessions including a variety of techniques designed to address specific areas of difficulty and to improve overall abilities to think, reason and process information in basic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling and math.

Level I:
A “First Response to Intervention Checklist” is developed between the teacher and the A-Team (Principal, Counselor and CAS Director) when an academically struggling student is identified.  Parents are informed of the intent and purpose of implementing intervention techniques.  Assessments are conducted after four to six weeks to determine the need for additional intervention.

Level II:         
If Level I support services are not sufficient for a student’s overall academic success, the A-Team and teacher will conference with the parents to recommend a Level II intervention plan such as:
  • Academic Coaching (5th - 8th grades)
  • RX for Discovery Math (K - 4th grades)
  • RX for Discovery Reading (2nd - 8th grades)
  • Search & Teach (PreK5 - 1st grades)
  • Skill Building (K - 8th grades)
Level III:        
If Level II intervention has not been successful by the end of a semester and a learning issue is suspected, the teacher, A-Team and parents determine if an educational evaluation is necessary.  Based on evaluation results, an intensive, individualized and targeted intervention program is recommended.
  • Discovery (NILD/Discovery Educational Therapy, 2nd - 8th grades)
  • ET2 (half-time NILD/Discovery Educational Therapy, 2nd & 3rd grades)

Fees

Program fees are in addition to tuition and based on individual programs.

 

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