Holly Academy believes and recognizes that successful readers become successful lifelong learners. It is our responsibility to provide students the tools needed to become successful readers and learners.
Our reading program begins in kindergarten as we systematically introduce, practice, and begin to master sounds and symbols in our language, through teaching of phonics and phonemic awareness. Comprehension of what is read is equally important. Just recognizing and/or reading words is not useful if what’s read is not understood.
Comprehension skills are taught, modeled, practiced, and evaluated at every grade level. All genres of reading are presented to students: informational, narrative, novels, poetry, drama, etc. Active participation is encouraged throughout the grades.
Third Grade Reading Law – Public Act 306 of 2016 (now referred to as MCL 380.1280f) requires all Michigan third grade students not scoring proficient on the third grade state assessment be retained. The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The school will provide a reading program that is designed to improve your child’s specific reading concern. This program includes teaching strategies to help your child be a successful reader. Your child may also be assigned to a highly effective teacher of reading, a reading specialist, an evidence-based reading program, daily small group instruction, ongoing assessments, or specialized reading help.