Literacy Support Program
The Literacy Support Program is an integral part of the total reading/language arts program of Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Literacy Support services provide remedial assistance and enrichment for those students who are experiencing reading difficulties or lags, with primary focus on senior kindergarten through third grade. Diagnostic testing is also available.
The program is an important supplement to Brookside’s comprehensive reading and writing literacy curriculum, reinforcing skills taught in the classroom, but with a more individualized approach and a smaller student to teacher ratio. Appropriate literature, leveled books, phonemic awareness materials, manipulatives, vocabulary activities, and writing extensions are utilized to enhance literacy proficiency. Classes are scheduled for thirty-minute sessions, twice in the six-day cycle. The groups change according to the needs of each student (in consultation with the classroom teacher), and a progress report is sent home to parents twice a year.
Private tutoring may be recommended to support a student in his/her effort to be successful at Brookside. Tutoring is recommended by a student’s teacher after conferring with parents about clearly identified needs for additional support. For example, tutoring might be recommended to a student who has fallen behind due to an extended absence. Brookside faculty and administration will provide names of possible tutors to the parents. Both Brookside faculty and outside tutors will be suggested. The Dean of Admission may refer incoming students to Brookside teachers or outside tutors if the Admission Committee has indicated that acceptance depends upon tutoring. It is the tutor’s responsibility to coordinate tutorial efforts with the classroom teachers.
Speech and Language Services
Brookside students requiring speech and language services are evaluated and served by a certified Speech Pathologist from Birmingham Public Schools.