Reach for the Stars offers a rich and diverse Academic Program for our diverse student population. RFTS recognizes that each child may be a different style "learner", thus each student's academic program is tailored to suit their individual strengths and needs. Utilizing our collaborative model, an interdisciplinary approach is used when assessing our student's academic skills and an individualized program is created for each child. Our highly skilled Academic Coordinator oversees the planning, modification and implementing of each student's academic program, and the program is tracked, reviewed and maintained on a daily basis. This intensive planning and supervision ensures that we maintain the highest level of quality and continuity of instruction for each student.

RFTS uses a variety of assessments, programs and curricula to develop reading and math skills for both verbal and nonverbal learners. Programs we use include:

The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) Reading Program

This is an evidence-based reading instruction program that has been proven highly effective in teaching students with disabilities to read. ALL eliminates the need for oral responses, allowing the nonverbal student to master reading as well.

The Basic Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism

This program is for children with autism who have hyperlexia, the ability to read words with an apparent lack of comprehension. For these children, improving language comprehension improves reading comprehension.

The Edmark Reading Program

This program is for children with autism who have hyperlexia, the ability to read words with an apparent lack of comprehension. For these children, improving language comprehension improves reading comprehension.

Orton Gillingham Reading Program

This is a multi-sensory, kinesthetic, and phonics-based program that provides intense rehabilitation in reading, spelling, writing and reading comprehension for children with learning disabilities.

SIM (Sounds-in-Motion)

This is an interventional program designed to develop listening skills in children which helps to improve articulation, vocabulary skills, auditory memory, and phonemic awareness, and early literacy. The program uses a multisensory approach which pairs kinesthetic gross motor movements with phonemes. All of the body movements are based on the characteristics of each speech sounds including pitch, duration, tension, place of the articulators in space, and intensity.

SRA Direct Instruction

This is an instructional method which teaches through demonstration and action, and practiced until each child can apply it.

Stern Math

This is a hands-on approach to learning math, where students actively participate through an intuitive, guided system, and contribute to their own education. They develop a concrete understanding of mathematical principles while having fun.