Helping Overcome Problems in Education
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
The HOPE Program at BCA is designed to support students with mild learning disabilities. Students are mainstreamed and accommodated in the general education classroom. A 504 Plan (classroom accommodation checklist) outlines the student’s educational needs, and is given to the classroom teacher.
High school students connected to the HOPE Program work toward earning either a BCA diploma or a certificate of graduation. This determination is based upon each student’s response to intervention and their level of independence.
Individualized formal testing using either the Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Achievement or the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement is available, as well as standardized testing (Terra Nova) and various other assessment tools for progress monitoring. Testing is available to BCA students as well as to public and home school students from the surrounding community.
When a need is identified, specialized tutoring (Orton-Gillingham) or therapy (NILD therapy) is available for an additional fee.
The BCA Media Center houses the school’s book collection. Students can check out books through the automated catalog system. In the media center, students can also access computers for student work and research. Students also have the capability to tap into the local Washington County Free Library online databases with a local library card. These databases can be accessed at school or at home at: Washington County Free Library
Elementary students have regular classes in the media center. These classes focus on research and reading. Middle and high school students have access to the media center during lunch, after school, and at other times approved by the staff.
The media center hosts an annual book fair to promote avid reading. This book fair also serves as a fundraiser to help increase the book collection in the media center.
The media center also coordinates other fundraisers to help fund the program (i.e. outdated cell phones, used printer ink cartridges, etc.).
English as a Second Language classes are offered for nonnative speakers. These classes are designed to help students improve their English skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary. ESL classes are leveled based on each student’s English abilities. ESL classes also provide students with support in managing other classes in the curriculum. TOEFL preparation classes are also offered to prepare students for the TOEFL exam.
When needed, discovery classes help students build a foundation for success. Especially designed for nonnative speakers, discovery classes help students grasp basic English vocabulary in preparation for other more advanced classes in the curriculum.