Success Starts Here.
A Program created so every child can flourish in their education here at ECS.
Power Learning Program
We understand that not every child thrives in a classroom setting, that’s why we offer our Power Learning Program (PLP). The PLP, or resource center, is a unique part of Escondido Christian School, and in many ways, the heart of the school. Our mission to provide a nurturing Christ-centered environment, guiding children into a daily walk with Christ is exemplified in this program. In the evangelical outreach of the church and school, meeting the various learning needs of children is a priority.
Students that choose to attend ECS have the benefit of a resource program that is very active in the academic life of the children. The meeting of special needs of children is handled by experienced teachers and with a Power Learning Program (PLP), in which students are able to be a part of small group instruction. Every effort is made to strengthen the weaknesses of the student and to keep his/her program corresponding to the classroom curriculum. There are times when a student’s specific weakness requires a modified program in the resource center, however, the goal of the PLP instruction is to ultimately be able to mainstream the student into the classroom with strengths that will guide him/her to success. Since the PLP program meets individual student needs by providing more personalized attention using a ratio of 1:1 – 1:4 teacher to student, there are ongoing assessments.
We often have children who either come to our school with learning problems, who are recommended by the teachers, or are identified through administrative review, for the extra help needed in the resource center. Based on these recommendations, the student, with the consent of the parent, is referred to the principal and/or counselor. The principal and counselor utilize an SST Request Form, completed by the teacher, to help evaluate the student and coordinate a program with the classroom teacher and the PLP instructor.
The PLP instructor administers assessments using the Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement, the Houghton Mifflin Leveled Reading Assessments, the Scholastic 3-Minute Reading Assessment, the LEXIA Quick Phonics Assessment and the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). The PLP program is intended to meet the needs of all grade levels in the school, therefore the frequency and type of test used will vary. The assessments provide a measure of progress, but the evaluations of the instructors, who are working with the students, as well as the input from the classroom teacher, are valuable tools for measuring a student’s growth.
Your child will be assessed and monitored for progress throughout each quarter. As soon as your child has shown that he/she possesses the skills needed to flourish in a larger classroom setting, he/she will be encouraged to return the classroom to receive instruction.
Students are able to be a part of small group instruction in math and reading/language arts.
The cost for one subject is $165 per month, with each additional subject being only $50.
ECS identified a need for an alternative program from the PLP to help students at risk. There is an additional charge for the PLP program and some families are not able to afford Christian school and a supplemental program. Therefore, the teachers at ECS have had professional development and have become very adept at identifying students who are struggling in their academics and will request a Student Study Team, (SST) which creates special accommodations and/or modifications to help assist the student. The teachers who have an aide will often use their aide to provide additional support on a 1:1 ratio during the day and teachers will also use accommodations with the students in order to reduce the frustration level and develop positive learning opportunities for the students.