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SPIRE Reading Program

Learning to read is the most important academic skill in a child’s life. It is the thread that weaves together knowledge and critical thinking and creates limitless opportunities for independent learning. Reading, however, is a skill that is not easily acquired by some. It takes time and practice, a good teacher, and thorough curriculum. For this reason, RCA uses the SPIRE program to help struggling readers increase their skills and confidence in reading.

The SPIRE reading program is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, and it is highly respected among classroom educators. It is designed specifically for struggling readers with the teacher at the center of instruction. One key component of the multi sensory instruction is using hands-on materials. Both tactile experiences and kinesthetic movement create and reinforce important learning pathways. 

RCA's SPIRE program director is an Orton-Gillingham trained teacher, who works with students one-on-one and in small groups each week.