What is Achievement Academy?

The Achievement Academy is a supplemental academic program for SFCS students PK­12.  It is a special service offered to families that includes enrichment or remedial programs to broaden and strengthen student achievement, skills, knowledge and success.  It utilizes well­researched assessment, extensive resources, proven methods of instruction and a dedicated staff to design and implement individualized learning programs for each child.  The program’s goal is to assist parents and schools in educating students to their highest potential.  Because this program is supplemental, these services are not covered under normal tuition plan but the fees are competitive.

Achievement Academy offers:

Programming, Tutoring, Testing, and Summer Instruction

Programming:

CogREAD Brain Fitness Training: This brain fitness program trains and improves a broad range of processing skills including: memory, processing speed, attention, visual processing, auditory processing and logic, and reasoning. Brain training is very similar in principle to fitness training. Students perform increasingly challenging game­like tasks online to strengthen the neural pathways in the brain to become more efficient and stronger. The right training done consistently and intensely can improve cognitive processing skills and can help to make learning easier and faster, and improve self­confidence.

Mind Play: My Virtual Reading Coach: Virtual Reading Coach is a computerized program recommended for grades K­4th that helps improve their overall reading skills. My Virtual Reading Coach assesses each individual child to specify and prescribe programming to meet their unique reading needs. The assessment includes the following areas: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar for Meaning, Comprehension and Fluency for students Kindergarten through grade 4, or any student needing to improve reading skills. For further information, please visit www.MindPlay.com

Robotics: In each Robotics for Kids class, your child and a buddy work together to plan and build a new robot using LEGO® bricks, letting their creativity and imaginations loose. Along the way, they learn science and engineering concepts, such as how pulleys, levers and motors work.  As the kids’ robots take shape, they experiment with LEGO® Education’s award­winning WeDo™ software. They discover how to apply computer programming concepts and find new ways to get their “bot” moving.

Engineering: In Engineering 100 classes, students will learn to build  complex creations that grab, push, steer, sweep, and use motion and tilt sensors to innovate their creations.  In Engineering 200 classes, students find out how engineers use pulleys, gears, levers, wheels, axles and more to solve complex design challenges and create solutions for everyday problems.  

Coding: Coding is the way we tell computers what to do. Learning to code empowers you to learn logical skills and problem solving. These skills can help you hand-craft your own websites, become a career coder or even starting a technology business. Most importantly, you’ll be able to understand the technology shaping your world. In this weekly class, you will be working on both computer and hands-on activities that require you to create various directions and commands, collaborate with peers, and solve puzzles to pass through the levels. Whether you’re looking for a future career in the industry, starting a new hobby or just wanting to understand technology, you can benefit from this weekly class!

Summer Programs Booklet A wide variety of classes are offered throughout the summer to meet the needs of all students and ability levels. A Summer Programs booklet is available at Spring conferences with a registration deadline around March 30th. Tutoring is also available throughout the summer months. Click here for registration form.

Camp Invention Registration: Camp Invention is a nationally recognized, non-profit summer enrichment program for Kindergartners through 6th graders that is inspired by the brightest thinkers around- the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, collaborate with teammates, and build amazing invention prototypes.The 2017 Camp Invention is called Launch, and explores spy gadgets, rocket science, duct tape entrepreneurship and space exploration among many other fun things. Click here for registration form.

Tutoring:

Curriculum Content: Tutoring is designed to provide one­-to-­one or small group student instruction and support in maintaining progress in academic areas. These programs are tailored to the instructional needs of each student and are coordinated to classroom assignments and skill development. Sioux Falls Catholic School curriculum, resources and state standards are utilized as the foundation for working with students.

Skill Specific Tutoring:  This individualized program is designed to accommodate academic, remediation or enrichment. Assessment includes parent and teacher interviews, standardized tests and specific evaluations as appropriate. A comprehensive program is developed that reflects the evaluation.

Parent Guided Tutoring: A program designed to combine onsite tutoring with tutoring administered by the parent in the home. This is for the parent that wishes to work with their child at home but needs structured programming designed for their child. Weekly or bi­-weekly checks by a tutor are scheduled to help determine if the student is ready for the next level/step in their individualized plan.  Materials are then sent home with the parents until the next scheduled tutoring session.

Music Lessons: Private music lessons are offered on a weekly basis in the areas of voice and instrumental. Lessons are individualized based on student’s skill and developmental level.  These lessons are offered at all of the Sioux Falls Catholic schools based on instructor availability.

Testing:

Woodcock Johnson IV: There are three tests available. *The WJ IV Test of Cognitive Ability is administered by a school psychologist and provides a comprehensive measure of general intellectual ability. *The WJ IV Test of Achievement measures academic achievement with specific information on academic strengths and weaknesses. Together, they provide a comprehensive measurement of intellectual ability, cognitive ability, scholastic aptitude, oral language and achievement. *The WJ IV Test of Oral Language provides measures of oral language, phonetic coding, and speed of lexical access for a more comprehensive cognitive or achievement evaluation.

The Connors’ Continuous Performance Test: is a task­-oriented computerized assessment of attention disorders and neurological functioning. Results indicate the likelihood that an individual has an attention disorder. The CPT II V.5 can be used to support parent and teacher rating scales.

The Test of Reading Comprehension: The Test of Reading Comprehension–Fourth Edition (TORC-4) is an innovative approach to testing silent reading comprehension that can be used to identify children and adolescents who score significantly below their peers and who therefore might need help in improving their reading proficiency and comprehension.

LACII (Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization)The LAC screen is an individually administered assessment that measures an individual’s ability to perceive and conceptualize speech sounds using a visual medium.

CTOPP (The Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing) The CTOPP assesses phonological awareness, phonological memory and rapid naming.

The Phonological Awareness Test 2: This tests phonological awareness, phoneme­grapheme correspondence and word attack.

Key Math: This test is an individually administered measure of essential mathematical concepts and skills.

Summer Instruction

For further information, please contact:

Amy Isaacson,

Achievement Academy Director

605­-271-­0133 or 605-­334-­9881

aisaacson@sfcss.org