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Parent Advisory Committee

Members of the 2017-2018 PAC Committee:

 

Harold Brasington - Elementary and Middle School

Penny Cauley - Elementary School

Kymberly Merritts - High School

Shelley Rholetter - Middle School and High School

Ashleigh Shelley - Elementary School

Leslie Smith - High School

Crystal Williams - Middle School

Biblical Rationale for a Program of Inclusion

The King’s Academy
 DISCOVERY PROGRAM

Even the Least of These: Why Should We? How Can We?

Biblical Rationale for a Program of Inclusion

One might ask why it is incumbent on a Christian school to offer services for students with learning difficulties. Budget demands, lack of trained personnel, and classroom constraints all can prompt us to ask how it can be done. The following points drawn from scripture give us God’s perspective.

1.  The Uniqueness of the Learner

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:5

  1. God is building with stones not bricks.
  2. Stones are not uniform, do not fit nicely, require different amounts of mortar, and the results are more interesting.

2.  Imago Dei

And God created men in His own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them…God saw all that He had made and behold it was very good. Genesis 1:27, 31

  1. Every child God makes is very good
  2. In our country we are excluding children who don’t fit a certain mold, frequently because they may lower our scores or we don’t want to allocate the funds.

3.  No Exclusions

…and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him where there is neither Jew nor Greek, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. Col.3:10-11

  1. God makes no distinctions.
  2. When we exclude, we exclude a part of the body in whom Christ is found.

4.  Mandate One

           A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly lit wick He will not snuff out. Isaiah 42:3

  1. God cares about those who are weaker.
  2. It is never His plan for harm to come to them.

5.  Mandate Two

We proclaim Him…teaching every man (child) with all wisdom, so that we may present every man (child) complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.  Colossians 1:28-29

  1. Children with special learning needs need what we have.
  2. The works of God may be displayed in them (Jn. 9:1-3)
  1. Christian schools serve Christian families who want Christian education for their children. If those children are struggling learners, hurting, dealing with any number of concerns, do they not need the nurturing environment and skillful instruction of caring Christ-followers even more than children who have no serious problems? Do those parents not need caring professionals to partner with them for the benefit of their children? What would Jesus do?

 Adapted from a seminar given at the NILD 30th Anniversary Celebration Conference, 2/16/12

Dr. Kathy Keafer
Head of School, Johnstown Christian School
Professor, Liberty University

Discovery Stories

Student Stories

Discovery is hard, painful, powerful, enlightening, and most of all worth it.  Although it may take time, energy, and tears you will succeed.  The results are worth it.  There were many things that I did not understand at first but as time went by my understanding grew.  Starting as a trickle, then it grew into a current of accomplishments, and knowledge propelling me into a world that I am better prepared for.  A word to those who are reading this, those who ask if Discovery is really worth it, I would tell you with all my heart, YES!

Christopher, Grade 8, Age 14


I was told by many people that Discovery would help me in many ways.  For some reason I knew I would hate it.  I wanted nothing to do with it at first, but after I met with my therapist for the first time, my mindset completely changed.  I mean, I wasn’t a big fan of the homework at first, or even now, but I did know it provided a place of help and a place to talk to talk to someone at any time.  I’ve been in Discovery since 7th grade and I feel completely at ease around my therapist and all the Discovery teachers.   They’re very sweet and loving women, and I know I can always go to them for help.  After all, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to overcome my reading disability.  Although, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about Discovery at first, it paid off in the long run and I definitely made special relationships that I hope will last a lifetime.

Sam, Grade 10, Age 16


Going to New Places

A book can take you anywhere.  Just like a book can carry you to many new places Discovery has also taken me to a new place in my reading.  A year ago I dreaded reading and avoided it as much as possible, but now I enjoy reading!  In my free time reading is one of the things I choose to do.  A few years ago I would have never thought I would say that.  What I most appreciate about Discovery is that it has allowed me to go to many “new places.”

Ann Claire, Grade 7, Age 13


Discovery has helped me train my brain to become more attentive.  The “Listen My Children” activity, in my opinion, is the best focusing activity.  Discovery has also helped me a lot with math.  I have learned to do problems in my head.  I don’t always like Discovery but I know it helps me.

Daniel, Grade 8, Age 14


Being in Discovery

The Discovery program does more than teaching kids how to read, write, and spell. It gives you the confidence to be yourself and to make you feel that you’re not alone with the problems you have. I used to get so embarrassed when I would have to read in front of people.   The first time I went to Discovery I didn’t want my therapist to know I had Dyslexia.   But what I found when I stepped in her office was someone who finally understood me.  After 4 years I can finally do grade level work by myself.  My reading has improved drastically. It has been a journey but I know it has been worth it in the end.

Olivia, Grade 7, Age 13


 

Parent's Stories

 


 Our daughter had the privilege of being in the Discovery Program at The King’s Academy during the 2014-2015 school year.  This program is amazing!  Our daughter’s educational therapist met her right where she was, but did not let her stay there for long. As every session transpired, we could see her being stretched and challenged at precisely the right time for growth to occur.  We were thrilled as her stamina, work habits, organizational skills, and general academic performance rose to new heights.  We give thanks to God for the opportunity He allowed our family to be blessed by this program and its wonderful therapists.

Charles and Leslie Sandifer



 
 

 


 

As a semi- retired homeschool mom of three sons (for over twenty years) I want to thank you for the positive impact Rhythmic Writing has made for my rising TKA ninth grader.  My older sons had poor handwriting even though we worked relentlessly using three different handwriting curriculums.  Finally, when they reached high school we decided to just focus on improving their typing skills and speed.  After all, it is the digital age, right?  However, as my sons entered their post college years they verbalized regrets at not having better handwriting abilities.  With our youngest, Stephen, I went for special training in Handwriting Without Tears but didn't see vast improvement until he enrolled in the TKA Discovery program. This fall he enters his third year of Educational Therapy and we are proud to acknowledge that Stephen has the best handwriting in our family!  Thank you, Discovery and his educational therapist.

Sincerely,
Deb Colones

Optional Avenues to Graduation:

  • General Academic Diploma
  • Certificate of Graduation

For students participating in the Discovery Program for educational therapy, the option is available to select a graduation track which best meets the student's learning needs.   In addition to the regular College Preparatory Diploma offered by TKA, there is also the opportunity for either a General Diploma or a Certificate of Graduation.

1. General Diploma (SCISA Approved)

  • English 4 units
  • Math 3 units
  • Science 3 units
  • Social Science 3 units
  • Electives  5 units (Discovery - one per year)
  • Bible 4 units
  • Computer 1 unit
  • PE/Health 1 unit
  • Study Hall

*Two units of the same foreign language may be substituted for two of the following three units: 

  • 1 unit of Science
  • 1 unit of Math
  • 1 unit of Social Science

2. Certificate of Graduation

Students who require a different academic program (i.e., remedial math or English), Certificate of Graduation restructuring of yearly requirements (i.e., one year of courses completed in two years, or repetition of a course, not due to failure but to solidifying foundational concepts) must meet basic requirements agreed upon by TKA administration, Discovery Program Director, and parents. If a student is unable to meet the requirements for a General Diploma, a Certificate of Graduation (indicating that s/he has completed four years of academic study) may be awarded.

4. Exceptional SC*

*Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC)

Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO)

(Budget Proviso 1.85)

www.exceptionalsc.org