Entering 6th - 8th Graders: Summer Reading Skills

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Where are the classes held?

To find a class near you, please click here.

Is it possible to make up missed lessons?

We will provide a home study make-up lesson, which involves instructional materials you and your child will access online. If you wish, your son or daughter may also make-up the missed lesson in another nearby class. To view class schedule options, please click here.

What is the enrollment deadline?
Enrollments are taken until the start date of class, or until the class is fully enrolled.
Is there a discount for enrolling more than one student in the program?

After you enroll one student, you will receive a $30 discount for each additional student you enroll. The discount applies to family members at the same mailing address.

What is the refund policy?

Refund requests must be made in writing and postmarked at least ten days before the first day of class. There is a $15 processing fee per family.

Are scholarships available?
A limited number of scholarships are available to students with demonstrated financial need.
What is the Institute of Reading Development?

A leader in reading instruction since 1971, the Institute helps educational organizations provide reading skills programs to the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.readingprograms.org.

What happens in class?

Each class includes group instruction and individual coaching in reading speed, study skills, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students apply these skills in a classic novel as well as in textbooks and nonfiction.

For more detailed information, view the Program Overview section of the Program Guide.

Is there any homework in this program?

Students reinforce what they have learned in class during four sessions of home practice. This practice consists of reading a classic novel, working with a comprehension-building DVD, and completing short assignments in the vocabulary workbook. The practice is well structured and enjoyable, with easy-to-follow instructions.

For comprehensive information about homework, view the Guidance for Home Practice section of the Program Guide.

What is the class size?

The maximum class size is twenty-eight students. The class size allows for each student to receive personal attention from the teacher, while also participating in lively group discussions.

How can I get more information about the program?
You will find comprehensive information in the Program Guide.
Is this program effective for all students?

Class instruction and program materials meet the needs of a wide range of students. The teacher provides individualized support and guidance based on each student's skill level and needs. The program gives students the skills they need as well as the opportunity to practice these skills under the teacher's guidance, so every student makes substantial progress.


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