St. Pius School has a Resource Program that serves students who may need academic intervention. The goal of the program is to ensure that each child will experience the most successful, self-affirming learning environment.
The classroom teachers refer students who may benefit from additional support to the resource program. The resource teacher may perform initial screenings that can provide information about a students' learning strengths and challenges. Parents, the resource teacher, the classroom teacher and the principal form a student study team. The team meets to discuss student progress, as well as the possibility of further testing and/or tutoring, and the creation of a classroom accommodation plan for the student, if necessary. The classroom teacher and the resource teacher confer and schedule small groups of students to participate in learning activities. The focus is on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing skills and multi-sensory activities. The Resource Program also includes instruction in Executive Functioning Skills such as note-taking, time management, planning skills, homework management and specific study skills which teach students how to learn.
There is ongoing communication between the teachers and parents to monitor the students' progress. As members of the student study team, the parents, principal and teachers work together toward meeting each student's unique educational needs.