FRENCH: Lake Ridge Elementary students are instructed in dynamic French classes, which are taught for twenty minutes, three times per week. Lake Ridge Elementary’s FLES program provides students with an introduction of French through a sequence of grades on a regular basis in which skill development in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture awareness are learned within the themes and topics of the mainstream curriculum content objects.
ESOL: E.S.O.L. stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. The E.S.O.L. program at Lake Ridge Elementary School is aschool - based program that provides instruction for students who are second language learners.
GIFTED CENTER: Lake Ridge Elementary is also home of the regional gifted center. Fourth and fifth grade students from Lake Ridge Elementary School and Old Bridge Elementary School attend the center once a week.
READING PROGRAM: The reading program at LRES is based on the PWC Language Arts curriculum and balanced literacy model. As a short-term intervention program, we have a Reading Recovery Program for 1st graders who are experiencing difficulty in reading and writing. It is a 1-1 tutoring for lowest achieving 1st graders and used as a supplement to good classroom teaching. The objective of Reading Recovery is to promote learning so students may catch up to their peers and close the achievement gap and continue to learn independently. To continue these same strategies in the classroom, many teachers (K-5) receive SPOT training. (Supporting the Practice of Reading and Writing Theory in the Classroom).
These strategies reinforce what was learned in Reading Recovery and support all children in their language arts development for student success. In addition to the intervention program, we also provide remediation for those students who need long term assistance in order to read on grade level. A team approach is taken with the intervention and remediation programs so the students are receiving double or more doses of reading at their level in order to make a difference in student performance.
SEVERE DISABILITIES PROGRAM:
This program consists of five students ages 6-8, with varying disabilities. Some students are in wheelchairs, while others are able to walk. Most of the students are not able to communicate like we do, however they do know some sign language and use what is known as the PECS ( picture exchange communication symbols). This program has been at Lake Ridge Elementary School since September, 1999. Mrs. Sanfilippo is the teacher.