Student Support

The Discovery program has been developed by the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) and is designed to help students who have learning difficulties. Florida Christian School has the only accredited NILD program in South Florida. Our specially trained and certified educational therapists work with students twice a week on a one-to-one basis, using techniques that have been researched and designed to help students overcome their deficits.

Discovery Program

The goal for the Discovery Program is to help students succeed and become independent in the regular classroom (college prep curriculum), by using the strategies learned in EDUCATIONAL THERAPY. Discovery specializes in assisting students with grade deficiencies no greater than 12 months (student can’t be more than one year behind – grade equivalency determined with entrance exam). Discovery is not special education, it is an educational therapeutic support program.

FCS does not offer a special education program. FCS does not offer inclusion, shadowing, or behavioral therapies. Discovery is not geared toward assisting children with autism.

Discovery Services

Under the umbrella of the Discovery Program, there are a variety of services that are provided to our students depending on their needs. All programs are pull-out which enables the student to be part of the regular education classes while receiving the assistance they need.

These programs are:

Educational Therapy is offered to students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability. This program is certified by the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) and its main goal is to target the student’s deficit areas (auditory processing, visual processing, motor, etc.) in order for the student to become an active and independent learner. Student’s therapy sessions are scheduled twice a week for one hour and twenty minute sessions.

The goal of this program is to establish a preventive therapeutic program that addresses the growing need for intervention with students that experience difficulty learning. We believe that early detection of at-risk students is crucial in assisting them in achieving their maximum academic potential later in life. In collaboration with the Reading Clinic Director, a Dual Option is offered that also provides intervention in the area of reading. Students meet with their therapist for two forty-five minutes sessions or three thirty minute sessions per week.

The goal for the Academic Support Program is to provide students with academic support needed to become successful in school. This program is a pull-out program in which students meet three times a week with an educational therapist that will assist them in any subject area in which the student requires assistance.

The goal of this program is to assist students in the area of fine motor skills and penmanship. The program provides a multi-sensory approach to address handwriting difficulties in our students.

The goal of this program is to establish a preventive therapeutic program that addresses the growing need for intervention with students that experience difficulty learning. We believe that early detection of at-risk students is crucial in assisting them in achieving their maximum academic potential later in life. In collaboration with the Reading Clinic, a Dual Option is offered that also provides intervention in the area of reading. Students meet with their therapist for two forty-five minute sessions or three thirty-minute sessions.

The goal of the program is to provide effective, results-based, individualized academic and therapeutic interventions in a small classroom. The program is designed to engage struggling learners through an alternate curriculum and educational therapy to equip them to become independent learners and eventually transition to a regular classroom setting. Program acceptance is based on panel review of all documentation, testing and interview. Documents required include all forms as stated in the Apply to FCS section of our website, a current psycho-educational evaluation, entrance exam, administrative review and an interview.

Reading Program

Our reading programs are designed to close the gap between what a student knows and what he or she is expected to know. Many students require extra help remedial reading programs can provide. Florida Christian prides itself on being able to help reach students that could benefit from additional reading support through two channels; Reading Clinic and Reading RX. Concepts covered may include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and/or reading comprehension skills.

Reading RX is used through the Discovery Program for students in middle school and high school. It incorporates methods of learning developed by the Discovery Program.

The Reading Clinic focuses on students in elementary grades (Kindergarten – 5th) and is designed using an array of strategies, including but not limited to hands-on learning, computer programs and STREAM activities, that would benefit each student’s unique needs. The reading clinic director along with the classroom teacher format and implement accommodations and strategies that help the children succeed.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the entrance exam along with academic and behavioral records, as well as references, recommendations, and review of psycho-educational evaluation, when applicable.

All students/applicants must meet entrance requirements before being considered for Discovery therapy. Minimal entrance requirements are as follows:

  1. Average or above average on reading and math entrance exam scores
  2. Must not be more than one grade level behind (Grade Equivalency)
  3. No failing grades or classes are permitted
  4. Personal and school references for 6th – 12th grade students

Students may be required to participate in therapy as a condition for enrollment. This determination is made exclusively by the admissions review team.

FCS may provide approved accommodations to those students who qualify, however FCS does not provide a modified curriculum. Students need to be able to maintain the rigor and pace of the regular classroom.

Other services not offered: Speech, Hearing, Vision, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis – Autism), Occupational Therapy, Behavioral or Emotional therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Florida Christian School accepts students on the John M. McKay Scholarship, Step Up for Students and Gardiner Scholarships (PLSA –Personal Learning Scholarship Account).

Yes. Students remain in the regular classroom and attend two eighty minute sessions of therapy per week.

Yes, there is a cost above tuition for this program. The cost of educational therapy/other programs can be up to $6300 per year.

Most students need a minimum of three years to complete the program. Testing is done at the end of each year to evaluate the student’s process and continued need for therapy.

A learning disabled student is a student who has a significant discrepancy between his estimated intelligence and his actual level of achievement in the classroom.
The discrepancy is due to a disorder in the basic learning process. The problem is not that he/she cannot learn, but that he/she cannot always process the information in the required manner.

Typically, students with learning disabilities have average or above-average intelligence. Some are in the gifted superior range.

There are many symptoms, but the most common are the following:

Hyperactivity Auditory processing deficits
Difficulty following oral/written directions Visual processing deficits
Attention disorders Impulsivity
Specific academic disabilities (reading, math, etc.) Inconsistent grades (“A” one time, “F” the next)
Uncertain left or right-handedness Difficulty in abstract and critical thinking
Poor recall of memorized information Poor fine motor control

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Director of Discovery

Marcia Montaner, BS, MSW, PCET
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