We have a common goal.
We want children to love learning. When they need it, we help children rekindle the twin fires of curiosity and self-confidence. That’s where James River’s Resource Program comes in with our caring and highly qualified resource staff.
Enrollment at James River
Our admissions committee’s primary concern is what is best for each child. All accepted students must meet JRDS admissions standards and be capable of finding success within our curriculum. For those accepted, the Resource Program can serve students with mild to moderate dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and high-functioning autism.
In Lower School, the Resource Program provides remedial services and early intervention individually or in small groups to children requiring specialized instruction while in kindergarten through third grade. Tutorial support is offered to improve math and phonics skills, vocabulary development, critical thinking, fluency, and to build robust comprehension and written expression. Explicit, sequential, systematic, phonics instruction is provided. Specific materials used are based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology. We use Decodable Practice Readers, the Words Their Way curriculum, and the Wilson Reading System. These services may be provided for the entire school year on a regular basis, or as a need arises.
In Middle School, the Resource Program provides instruction and services to students with identified needs and who qualify for a Student Educational Plan (SEP). The program is designed to meet the needs of students with diagnosed learning differences, such as difficulty keeping track of assignments and organizing school materials. It also provides short-term tutorials to reinforce concepts presented in the classrooms. The resource teachers serve as advocates and lend help with studying, reviewing, note-taking, test preparation, and other academic needs. Resource teachers work closely with classroom teachers and parents to ensure support is helping the student to reach his/her full potential.
Engaging the Resource Program
Support services are not always offered in the public school even though a student has received a diagnosis. There must be an adverse impact on educational performance in order to receive support in the public school setting. Often times, students who would not qualify for academic support in the public schools receive extra help at James River. This may include a smart but disorganized student, or a student with high or average general intellectual ability who is achieving somewhat below expectations. These students often “fall through the cracks” in other educational settings and do not receive continued remediation after initial early intervention.
When a child needs support, teachers or parents may request that a child receive Resource Program services. Our referral process includes:
- a teacher-completed referral document for an extensive child-study, and
- a comprehensive records review, including observations of classroom performance and student learning style, where strengths and weaknesses are reviewed, plus
- a discussion involving the classroom teacher, Head of School, Resource Director, and parents.
Please note: In grades 4-8, only students with diagnosed learning needs (based on a medical diagnosis or a full evaluation by a psychologist) are accepted into the Resource Program.
Other Resource Program Services
James River’s Resource Program teachers can assess students to see if a full psycho-educational evaluation is necessary during the referral process and provide case management for students diagnosed with learning issues. Students, who already have had an educational evaluation and qualify for accommodations, will have a Student Education Plan (SEP) written by the Resource Director. The Resource Director will meet with the child’s teachers through our TAS (Teachers Assisting Students) child-study program and with parents to review the student’s evaluation and SEP. The accommodation plan will then be distributed to the student’s teachers.
If a student is eligible for special education in a public school setting and has a current Individual Educational Plan (IEP), the school may apply for federal set-aside funds for support from a public school system provider. That support is provided on our campus.
The following accommodations may be recommended/granted to qualified students:
- preferential seating
- modified homework
- modified seat-work
- oral testing
- extended time (time and a half)
- audio books
- adaptive technology
- extra textbooks at home
- voice recognition software
- world language exemption
- clarification of oral/written directions
- separate testing location
- more frequent progress reports
Please note: Narrative/grade reports will indicate it if a student received accommodations to earn the final grade in a course.
Our resource teachers offer advocacy services for parents who are trying to obtain an IEP through federal set-aside funding. Those seeking a private psycho-educational evaluation receive equal advocacy and support. Parents may expect coordination with outside professional support, including communication with a student’s pediatrician, tutor, or counselor, as well as facilitating the transition to high school.
Tiers for Service
The range of services includes: monitoring student progress, advocacy, classroom accommodations, time spent in the resource room during one-on-one or small group study, designated study halls, and scheduled resource periods during the school day.
Tier 0: Early Intervention for Grades K-2
Students in K-2 needing intervention will be assisted by the Resource teachers. (No fee)
Tier I: Consultative Status
Student Educational Plan (SEP) for accommodations provided, audio book management, monitoring, facilitation of outside of school support services, and possibly obtaining set-aside funding through the public school system for special education services. (No fee)
Tier 2: Resource Placement (Grades 3-8)
This level of service provides resource services for 30 to 60 minutes per week, or resource study hall (middle school). (Fee)
Tier 3: Resource Program Classes
This level provides 90-240 minutes of services per week in a resource class. (Fee)
For further details on the Resource Program at James River or its fee structure, please contact Head of School Peter H. York via email