At Heritage, we want your child to succeed in every way, especially in their reading and writing skills
Within the mainstream program, Heritage Academy provides continuing developmental and/or remedial reading and writing for all students who require it in grades 5-12. The goal of the program is to assist all students in progressing in their reading and writing proficiency, enabling them to function with fluency and accuracy in our block classes, as laid out in our master schedule of college preparatory courses.
Screening and Assessment
Our Admissions Director screens academic documents and conducts an interview. She sees that a standardized reading and writing assessment is administered to every new student showing below grade level scores in reading and writing. Placement in courses is based on the results of previous school records and this initial reading and writing assessment.
Curriculum and Instruction
The developmental reading and writing curriculum provides integrated reading and writing instruction as well as for speaking and listening. Students are placed in the appropriate reading class based on their initial assessment as well as the book series placement tool. Supplemental materials are provided to expand instruction in reading comprehension and writing. Student progress at their own rate to more advanced courses.
Students use the High Point, Edge and Interchange series. Students enrolling in Development Reading and Writing I and II at the start of the semester earn 0.5 credit each semester. Supplemental materials are used to expand instruction in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.
Ongoing Monitoring and Assessment
Progress and Quarter Grades: Teachers formally assess student progress for mastery and growth and relate this assessment on four quarter progress reports and four quarter final grade reports. End-of-level course assessments are used to assist teachers in gauging growth and skill proficiency.
A surcharge of $950/semester is assessed to pay for extra support staff and array of instructional materials provided for students needing remedial help and teacher support in progressing to peer or grade level reading and writing proficiency.