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Julie Program

St. Julie Billiart founded the congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1804 in France for the sole purpose of education. To this day, her guiding maxim is, “Teach children what they need to know for life.” In the spirit of St. Julie, the Julie Program provides differentiated learning for students with mild to moderate language-based learning needs to prepare them for life thereby enabling students to use their unique gifts successfully to fulfill God’s mission for them. The program aims to intervene as early as possible to develop foundational reading skills in primary grades. Learning support can be continued in the middle school years, as needed. 

Augmenting Reading/Language Development

Students receive multi-sensory, research-based, systematic language instruction. Program plans will be designed to meet individual needs. Intervention strategies may include Orton-Gillingham, Linda Mood Bell “Seeing Stars,” Visualizing and Verbalizing, Phonographix, LIPS, Framing Your Thoughts. Students MAY receive daily instruction in phonological awareness, phonics and spelling, vocabulary development, reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.

Daily Schedule

Julie Program Students participate in the regular on grade-level Trinity curriculum. In addition, students receive individualized, structured language arts instruction with trained Julie Program Instructors. A Student Individualized Plan (SIP) will be developed to support the documented educational needs of the child. A professional educational evaluation is required to be considered for enrollment in the Julie Program. The SIP will include supplementary aids and services for the student to be successful in learning environments during the school day.

Progress Monitoring

Students are monitored to assess growth and areas of need over time. Students may be assessed to measure present levels of phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, written expression, and spelling. Students will be assessed to track progress. Instructional adjustments may be made to a student’s SIP on an ongoing basis. Trimester report cards will include a narrative report from the Julie Program Instructor. The Resource Team members are available to discuss progress throughout the year.

Admissions Process

Step One:

  • Applicant must meet basic admissions requirements for Trinity School in grades K-8.
  • Educational evaluation (ex. Psychological, Neuropsychological) are required and must identify a language based learning difference (ex. Dyslexia). In early primary grades (K-1st) a speech-language evaluation may suffice.
  • After reviewing applicant’s file, the Julie Program Director may require additional screening.

Step Two:

  • An interview of student and/or parent may be requested by the Director of the Julie Program to gather additional information about student strengths and needs.
  • The Learning Specialist and Director of the Julie Program is available to answer questions and provide information by phone or email at any time during the admissions process.

Step Three:

  • A child who has met all eligibility criteria will be offered an annual contract to participate in the additional services offered by the Julie Program.
  • In order to remain in the Julie Program an educational assessment needs to be completed tri-annually to assist in developing appropriate educational programming.
  • Upon the receipt of a signed annual contract accompanying fee, and tri-annual educational testing (if required), a Student Individualized Plan (SIP) will be developed by the Julie Resource Team. 

Suggested Reading

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