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Student Success Program


The Student Success program at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School was established in 2014 and continues to serve all students in PK-8th grade. The goal of the Student Success program is to focus on two important components: identification of learning disabilities and supporting students both individually and in the classrooms who have diagnosed learning differences. Student Academic Plans are created to include necessary classroom and testing accommodations for students.The Student Success faculty is comprised of experienced teachers who specialize in identifying and supporting students with learning differences. In both the Lower and Middle School, academic assistance is provided to students in our Learning Lab and within the classroom as a co-teaching model depending on individual student needs.


The Lower School Student Success teacher (K-4) focuses on working with the teachers to help identify students with possible learning differences through the Response to Intervention process. Students who have a diagnosed learning difference in the primary grades may attend Learning Lab for remediation using Orton-Gillingham instructional methods. In the upper elementary grades, support is provided with a focus on core curriculum and study skills.


The Middle School Student Success teacher(5th-8th) focuses on working with our Middle School students on remediation, core subject support, and study skills. Students who have diagnosed learning differences attend the Learning Lab in addition to having support in the classroom.


Frequent communication between the Student Success teachers, classroom  teachers, and parents creates an effective approach to supporting our Learning Lab students. 




Early identification is crucial when it comes to helping children who are struggling with learning to read.  One of the most compelling findings from recent reading research is that children who get off to a poor start in reading rarely catch up.  At Christ Our King Stella-Maris we strive to provide all our Kindergarten through fourth grade students with a strong literacy foundation. These will ensure future success when continuing on to middle school.


Using standardized literacy assessment tools such as the Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA) and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and collaborating with classroom teachers, the reading intervention team identifies weaknesses in the areas of phonological awareness, phonics, fluency ,and/or comprehension.  From here, research based interventions are provided to help strengthen and grow our students into successful, life long lovers of reading. While maintaining high expectations, we meet students where they are and provide reading instruction to help students reach their individual goals.