Brenda Fournier, SAS Director
The Student Academic Services department (SAS) strives to strengthen the learning skills and processing tools of students in order for them to become independent learners. Educational therapy is a class that initially focuses on identifying a student's strengths and patterns of vulnerability. An individualized program is then established to effectively train a student's perceptual and cognitive processing. The emphasis is not on teaching compensatory skills or on tutoring a student through a particular curriculum. Educational therapy provides an intensive and intentional opportunity for students to strengthen those areas of vulnerability that inhibit their ability to be successful in class, work independently and learn new concepts. Often students need to work on reading, writing, spelling, and/or math fluency skills. Students may need to learn new strategies to establish skills in problem solving, attention, reasoning and to strengthen auditory and/or visual processing skills. The program is based on the individual needs of the student with the goal of grade level basic skills in reading, writing, and math and the ability to function as an independent learner with minimal accommodations or modifications in the classroom. SAS is here to support the BCS mission. Some learners need academic support and an opportunity to strengthen how they learn in order to "understand, evaluate, and transform their world". Educational therapy supports the mission of BCS by supporting families that desire a Christian education but may have a child that struggles in school.