Heritage Christian Academy

The HCA Learning Lab


HCA Learning Lab

Overview of our Program

Jean Rus, Academic Support Coordinator
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (NILD)
Dyslexia Therapist (IDA)

Search and Teach


Educational Therapy ("Discovery")

The Search is a pre-reader screen administered to every Kindergarten student in Ocotber.  It is an indicator as to whether or not intervention (Teach) would be beneficial.  Teach is the early intervention tool intended to prevent early reading failure.  Students attend for 30 minutes, 3x a week.
The Discovery program offers an extensive "therapeutic" one-on-one type of intervention and is designed for students with deficits that cause them extreme frustraion in the classroom/life.  The Discovery therapist imlements numerous individualized techniques which address auditory/visual memory, attention, language, sef-regulation, and  thinking strategies.  The end goal is an efficient thinking and independent lifelong learner.  This is a 160 min./week, one-on-one, intensive program, in a one to one setting.


GROUP EDUCATIONAL THERAPY (G.E.T.) - The program content is the same as Educational Therapy in its thrapeutic approach, its unique dynamic is the group approach, where 2-3 therapy students are in session together.



Read Naturally


Directed Learning


The Read Naturally program offers one and a half hours per week of intense, individual, oral reading practice.  Vocabulary work, written story predictions, oral summaries, and measured comprehension skills are also part of the process.  Students in 1st-8th grades are given this opportunity if, through the pre-screening processs, their scores indicate that intervention would be beneficial.  Once enrolled, students continue their Reading Lab work throughout the academic year.

This very special program is one on one (or very small group) intervention with a personal tutor, which takes place in the Learning Lab, and involves direct core subject instruction.  This service is recommended for students who are not performing at grade level in one or more core classroom subjects.  The specific subject areas to be taught, and the amount of time spent one on one, is determined by administrative staff, in conjunction with teachers/parents, and after thorough evaluation.

Academic Coaching


This program is a comprehensive tutoring support option and involves extensive planning/preparation by the coach, on behalf of the student, to include accommodations and/or modification development as well as continuous collaboration with the student's teachers.  This program is for students who need suppport in all of or a majority of subject areas.  This is highly effective for students who struggle with organization, as it allows for continuous support and accountability in all subject areas.

HCA's tutoring program is for students needing concept support, not involving extensive planning/preparation by the tutor.



IDA recognizes NILD as one of it's best practices.  https://dyslexiaida.org/ida-recognizes-imslec-and-nild/

All programs are available for an additional cost.