KORE Academy is an independent school currently serving students in grades 1-12 who learn differently. Our program is highly structured to provide individualized instruction geared to meet each student’s needs. Many of our students arrive frustrated from a lack of success in a traditional school setting. Within a short time, most students are reinvigorated, both academically and socially. This renewed confidence enables students to exceed expectations!
KORE Academy offers blended grade levels in the following areas: Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and High School. Students are grouped according to grade level and ability. Our emphasis is on small classes, Individual Education Plans, and a map to success for each individual child.
• Physical education
- Life Skills
Electives are chosen to meet high school graduation requirements and to capitalize on the student’s interests and gifts. All instruction is differentiated to suit the needs of each student.
1:1 iPad Program
In our primary and intermediate classes, each student has been assigned an iPad for the school year. Our goals are to provide our youngest students with technological literacy, to provide an active learning environment and to use technology to differentiate and individualize the learning.
Specialized Reading Program
The KORE Academy reading specialists works with students with language-based learning issues in one-on-one sessions and in groups using a modified version of a program developed by the National Institute for Learning Disabilities (NILD): Rx for Discovery Reading. The focus of this program is on areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency that impact the student’s reading deficits. The program includes use of The Blue Book Method.
Reading Intervention Program
The KORE Academy reading specialist works with students with language-based learning issues in one-on-one sessions and in groups using a modified version of a program developed by the National Institute for Learning Disabilities (NILD): Rx for Discovery Reading. The focus of this program is on areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency that impact the student’s reading deficits. The program includes use of The Blue Book Method.
BLUE BOOK METHOD
The Blue Book Method, based on a modified Orton-Gillingham method, is a three year systematic and explicit phonemic program that uses an associative key word approach. This method gives students having difficulty decoding multi-syllabic words the tools that are critical to reading success. The students learn how letters are linked to sounds and how to break up the sounds to decode unfamiliar words-eventually becoming automatic in phonics skills. A variety of exercises are used to rehearse the sound/symbol relationships, including decoding, structural analysis, syllabication, categorization according to phonemic concepts, spelling rules, dictation and writing. A game, based on the Bingo game, KEYWO, is used to help develop automaticity of the various parts of the technique.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is a structured, systematic, multisensory phonics method that proceeds from the single sounds of speech presented to the student through visual, auditory, and proprioceptive pathways, to more complex phonograms, words, sentences and finally, stories. Students learn to read, write and spell simultaneously.
The basis of this program is the sound-symbol-associative key word method outlined in the Blue Book. Short vowel sounds are introduced and only when these essential sounds are mastered, are consonants and consonant blends introduced. Students memorize a key word for each sound and learn to match the word to other words with the same sound. Beginning with the vowels, consonants, and blends, students move on to ed and ch sounds, r controlled vowels, /oi/, ng, nk, ways to spell short e sound, ways to spell the long vowel sounds, consonant le endings,ending sounds, silent e, f, l, s, z rule, c rule, g rule,closed syllables, open syllables, diphthongs and the schwa sound. The students learn how letters are linked to sounds and how to break up the sounds to decode unfamiliar words, eventually becoming automatic in phonics skills.