Screening & Assessment
The first step is to read about our Enrollment Process and decide whether or not The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc. is right for the student.
If so, print out and complete the Intake and Student Information Forms and send them along with the $240 intake fee.
Once we receive your form and intake fee, the Director will call to schedule an intake appointment with the student.
At the intake appointment, which generally takes about an hour, the Director will administer a variety of screening tools to determine strengths and weaknesses. This will not provide an official diagnosis.
The intake is done in a non-threatening, supportive manner and is not treated as a “test” or something to be feared.
At a follow-up meeting, the Director will explain the screening tools that were used, and discuss tutoring options.
If your child has a language-based learning disability (diagnosed or undiagnosed),
instruction will be effective when it is consistent and frequent.
Over time, your child will make marked improvements in reading and spelling.
We do not promise a “quick fix” to reading problems, nor do we claim to “cure” reading problems or dyslexia.
With appropriate instruction, hard work and support from highly trained teachers and committed family members, individuals with reading problems can succeed in school and later in life.
Tutoring sessions are either 25, 40 or 50 minutes long, and can be scheduled during the day (frequently done for home schooled or college students), afternoons, evenings and Saturdays.
Students must schedule at least two sessions per week. We offer more intensive instruction during the summer months.
Small Group Tutoring
The director will determine if your child is able to thrive in a group of 2-3 students. If so, your child may be scheduled with other students.
Each child progresses at his or her own rate. Tutors move on when material is mastered, not simply “covered”. Report card grades from school will not necessarily reflect improvement even after several months of Reading Center instruction. Tutors provide brief oral updates on progress as necessary. Tutors provide a written progress report three times per year (after each session). The Director offers conferences twice a year.
Consistent attendance is absolutely essential for success. Students progress more steadily with consistent attendance. Students must schedule at least two sessions per week. Frequent cancellations or no-shows may result in the loss of a tutoring slot.
Individual (50-minute) Sessions cost $65. Small Group Sessions cost $55. Intake and Assessment Fee is $240 (sent with Student Information Form). One-time Registration Fee is $50. Annual Materials Fee is $150 (billed in two installments--August and January). Consumable Materials (workbooks, etc.) are billed on invoices as needed. Monthly Invoices are mailed by the 1st of each month. Monthly Payments are due by the 15th of each month. Non-payment will result in suspension of tutoring services.
The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc. offers partial scholarships to enrolled students who demonstrate both financial and academic need. The number and amounts of scholarships awarded may vary, based on funds available. Scholarship applications are reviewed quarterly, in January, April, July, and October. Scholarship applications are distributed at the parent follow-up meeting following the student intake appointment.
Sessions canceled with 24 hours’ notice may be made up. Sessions must be made up within 30 days of the absence. At least two make-up sessions are offered each month. Make-up sessions are posted on the bulletin board in the waiting area. It is the parents’ responsibility to call or put a note in the payment box to register for a make-up session. Valid reasons for missed sessions include: illness, unavoidable emergencies or inclement weather. Sessions missed for any other reasons are forfeited.