At Heights Christian Schools, we believe that every child is created in the image of God. We believe God created each individual for His glory and that everyone is uniquely and wonderfully made. While some students learn rapidly and easily, others might struggle learning new material and find school difficult.

HCS has made the commitment to minister to each child God brings to our schools and, whenever possible, provide each child with the support needed to thrive academically. This commitment has led to the development of our Success Program. The goal of this program is to provide additional support to students who are having a difficult time achieving success in the regular classroom.

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The Success program provided the perfect push that gave our daughter the confidence to start reading. The small group setting, combined with the patient and focused Mrs. Lee, was invaluable. Success, indeed.

- Jaime C. - Parent, Brea Campus

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Success in Preschool
Recognizing that early assessment and intervention is critical, HCS has expanded the Success Program to include preschool as well.  At the preschool level, many services are available through state and county programs free of charge. Our Preschool Success Coordinator works with parents to both identify areas of need and to secure early intervention assessments and resources for the youngest of students. 

Success in Elementary & Junior High School

Students are identified as candidates for support based on teacher observations and assessments, school-wide benchmarking results, student’s academic history and formal assessment results, and parent feedback.

Aimed at meeting the diverse needs of each student enrolled, the programs we offer vary by both frequency and intensity. Once a student has been identified as a candidate for the Success Program, our team works collaboratively to determine the level of support needed.

“Every student has the potential to learn but not every student learns the same way or at the same pace.  Our Success Team partners with parents, classroom teachers, and administration to develop individualized plans that best meet the unique needs of each student in the program, thus ensuring Success for all students in school.” 

- Jodie Whittemore, Executive K-8 Director

Program Levels Support
Level 1 (Intervention)  Help for students who show gaps of knowledge or skill. At level one, students generally engage in one session per week.

Level 2

Some students have temporary difficulty with academic concepts or subjects; most notably in the areas of math, reading, and writing.  At this level, students may need limited, temporary support targeted to their area of need. The Success Program meets the needs of these students by providing instruction designed to teach needed concepts and skills. The goal is to remediate the students’ needs and transition him/her back into the classroom without outside support, as quickly as possible. Level 2 tutoring generally includes two to three sessions per week.
Level 3
(Ongoing Support)

Despite the hard work of students, parents, and teachers, some students have difficulty achieving academic success with grade-level standards. These students require ongoing support and occasionally differentiated curriculum and/or standards, to allow them to succeed and thrive in our schools.  Multi-tiered educational plans are designed to meet each students’ unique needs. Support at this level generally includes four to five sessions per week.

Early Intervention Reading Group At the start of first and second grade, teachers and Success personnel collaborate to identify students who appear to be at risk of not learning to read fluently. These children are provided reading instruction using an alternate curriculum, Horizon’s Fast Track. Students in the Early Intervention Reading Group are enrolled in Success and may be moved to and from this group as the classroom teacher and Success personnel deem appropriate, with approval from both the parent and school administration.
Success Oversight Occasionally a student’s needs are best met by intervention outside of school.  In this case, the student will be supervised by Success oversight, but not directly involved in Success interventions. These students are not typically enrolled in the Success Program.
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In addition to regularly scheduled tutoring, students enrolled in the Success Program benefit from:

  • Initial Assessment Administered by the Success Coordinator
  • Written Evaluations of all Assessments Given
  • Strategies for Classroom Instruction Including Both Accommodations and Modifications
  • Weekly Parent Communication
  • Quarterly Progress Reports Based on Educational Goals
  • Conferencing With Parents, Teacher, Success Tutor, and Administration
  • Written Documentation of All Meetings, Assessments, and Educational Plans