Dyslexia & Structured Literacy Programs

Our Structured Literacy Reading Programs supports children in grades K-7 who have dyslexia and/or a related language-based learning difference. These programs build a strong foundation of reading skills and facilitate reading remediation. Intentionally integrating structured literacy within our daily schedule provides children the same traditional academic and social school experience enjoyed by all Saint Francis students while still receiving the deliberate instruction they need.

Fundations® in grades K – 3 is a supplemental prevention or early intervention program designed to be used in conjunction with our existing literature-based reading instruction.

The Wilson Reading Program is a two-year and two summer intensive program for 3rd - 6th graders that is a direct, systematic, cumulative, multisensory presentation of the structure of our language, emphasizing phonics rules, and applications. 
Just Words®: A one-year program specifically designed for sixth and seventh graders who are still experiencing mild or moderate gaps in phonemic awareness and have not had the opportunity to participate in the Wilson Reading System® two-year program. The program’s curriculum provides a sophisticated study of word structure through direct teaching of “how English works” for both decoding and spelling automaticity.

We chose the Wilson Reading System® because it is a finite program based on students completing the entire Wilson curriculum, consisting of a set number of books with each book containing lessons on the application of phonemic rules when reading and spelling. We feel that this is a much more concrete presentation for students who are having difficulty with phonics. The students have 2 periods/day of Wilson with a trained teacher and associate teacher.

Trained Faculty- Our faculty participates in specialized training prior to teaching any of the Wilson programs and has earned Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and/or Wilson Dyslexia Therapist certifications.