Student Support Program
Dunwoody Christian School is committed to providing the best academic program for our students. Part of our educational program is our Student Support Program. Designed to help students who may struggle with Reading or Mathematics and students who excel in one or both subject areas, the DCS Student Support Program begins with utilizing standardized tests to help identify students who may qualify to participate in the program.
In addition, DCS utilizes the following direct support screening regimes to help identify specific areas of Reading and Mathematics that students may benefit from by participating in a direct support program.
These two screening regimes are:
Fountas and Pinnell
The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems provide teachers with precise tools and texts to observe and quantify specific reading behaviors and then interpret and use that data to plan meaningful instruction. Each assessment enables teachers to determine students' instructional and independent reading levels.
Phonological Assessment of Code Knowledge
The purpose of the Phonological Assessment of Code Knowledge (PACK) is to provide data that instructors can use to determine a student's knowledge of the phonological code. The assessment results are helpful when choosing a starting point for remediation and progress monitoring.
In addition to these screening regimes, DCS studies the results of standardized tests to help assess our curriculum, teacher delivery processes, and the overall effectiveness of our academic program.
DCS is committed to providing the best academic program for our students possible. While formal screening regimes and standardized tests are vital components of our educational program, our teachers' overarching knowledge, experience, education, and love for our students predominate DCS students' success.