Our Language Arts curriculum is based on the Orton Gillingham (OG) methodology, a researched-based, classroom-tested multisensory reading program that emphasizes accurate decoding and encoding skills. This highly structured program of teaching reading, writing, and spelling is designed for students who cannot learn to read or write adequately with conventional teaching methods. Reading, writing, and spelling (including phonetic awareness, word study, and vocabulary) are taught in one integrated lesson, so each aspect of decoding/encoding/written language reinforces the other. Word reading is expanded to reading comprehension skills so that a student is able to summarize, paraphrase, predict, and make inferences. This step-by-step progression leads to an increased sense of mastery and self-esteem.
For students to qualify for the Enhanced Reading Program, psychological and educational evaluations must conclude that these students are Dyslexic or have reading differences and would benefit from such a program.
Our OG reading program will improve children’s language arts performance to close the gap between potential and performance. We will help them overcome their emotional challenges by understanding and accepting their differences. The ultimate goal of Journey Prep School is to give each student in this program the option to return to his or her home school district armed for success.
The OG-based methodologies for students with mild Dyslexia are the Recipe for Reading (K-3) and Reading Recipe (4-12) reading and spelling programs. Both are comprehensive, multisensory, phonics-based reading programs that provide direct instruction integrating visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities. They are designed for students who need intervention once a day.
The OG-based methodology for students with moderate to severe Dyslexia, written by an Orton Gillingham fellow, Sheila Clark-Edmands, is the S.P.I.R.E. reading and spelling program. It is multisensory (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic), phonics-based, structured, sequential, and cumulative total-language instruction that is classroom tested and validated by research. These students have three periods of language arts a day in addition to their regular subjects.
Elementary school and middle school students will have decoding/encoding, reading comprehension, and written language five times a week. The other academic classes will be math (five times a week) and social studies and science (alternating). They will also have classes in physical education, music, and art (alternating).
Ninth graders will study decoding/encoding, reading comprehension, written language, math, social studies, and earth science, as well as physical education and health. Tenth graders will study English, social studies, math, biology, music/art, and computer science. Eleventh graders will study English, history, math, chemistry, music/art and electives of their own choice. Twelfth graders will study English, economics/government, math, physics, music/art and electives of their own choice.