THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Enrichment is designed to enhance the Language Arts program, to capitalize on students’ strengths, and to meet students’ needs at their particular developmental levels. Classes are divided into several groups, and lessons incorporate an extensive array of teaching methods and materials. The Enrichment Program focuses on developing competency in several areas: mastering the sound to symbol connection of more complex words, attaining reading fluency, acquiring a variety of strategies to enhance and to deepen comprehension, and learning to generalize from a text using a variety of inferential thinking skills. Written and oral assignments develop receptive and expressive language and writing skills. While all of these areas are addressed in each instructional group, the content and emphasis varies according to students’ readiness and mastery. Groups are somewhat fluid, and students may move from one group to another depending on focus and concepts being covered. The focus is to elevate the students’ appreciation and understanding of literature and to help them become competent in all areas of literacy. More formal methods of study skills are presented in Grade Four and are connected to content areas across the curriculum when possible. The goal is to help the boys to integrate, to synthesize and to apply these literacy skills on a consistent basis with more independence.
The Fountas and Pinnell program is used for reading assessment from Pre-Primary through Grade Four. The boys read both fiction and nonfiction to ascertain their literacy skills. In Grades Three and Four the boys take the Comprehensive Testing Program IV (CTPIV) in the spring. These tests measure literacy and mathematics as well as auditory comprehension. The results are used for program planning. Scores are shared with parents and teachers.