Special Programs

In order to fulfill the MCCS mission, our supported instruction program (SIP) assists those students who are experiencing difficulties academically. By helping students to learn to function independently, our SIP program prepares students according to their needs.

The elementary SIP assists students and acts as an aide to the teachers in dealing with both students who struggle academically as well as those who need time to do advanced work. Upon entering the program, the elementary SIP teacher works with the classroom teacher to develop a plan of instruction, objectives, and goals that best fit with the student’s learning style.

The middle school/high school SIP is intended to assist students who are experiencing academic difficulties in one or more subject areas. The program is designed to give students the support they need in a one-on-one or small group environment. The goal is for the student to function independently in the regular classroom while working on and passing grade level material without assistance or modifications. Occasionally, a student may be integrated into the SIP to work on independent studies.

MCCS is committed to providing an excellent Christian education to as many students as possible. While the school is not equipped to meet all students’ needs, the school is proud to have an SIP program throughout all grade levels. With a part-time teacher for the elementary, a full-time teacher for middle and high school students as well as reading and speech support staff from the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit (IU-13), we feel that we are well equipped to meet the learning needs of many students.

SIP Purposes

1) To re-teach material presented in the regular classroom, giving special attention to the areas that the student finds to be particularly difficult

2) To give students opportunities to strengthen their areas of academic weakness

3) To teach skills needed in reading new material, preparing for tests, taking notes, writing reports, acquiring good study habits, organizing material, etc.

4) To encourage students to be comfortable with and thankful for the person that God has created them to be; to give opportunity to discuss any problems or concerns which relate to their academic experience; to provide a quiet place for students who need extra time to complete tests, quizzes, etc.; to help students develop independence and responsibility in the classroom and in life.

Student Placement

Students involved in the SIP program will be admitted based on one or more of the following criteria:

1) Teacher observations of classroom achievement and behavior

2) Teacher referral for academic subjects with which student is experiencing difficulty

3) Inability for student to do grade level work independently

4) Student is consistently receiving below average or failing grades

5) Teacher has made an attempt to tutor and/or modify the student assignments and teaching methods prior to referral

6) Student is consistently receiving below grade level achievement test scores

7) Informal testing/observation is done by the school’s SIP teacher who then refers student to the program

8) Parental recommendation and approval

*Any student who has been formally tested and has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or has been referred by a psychologist or other related therapist will be placed in the SIP immediately.