Essential Learning Systems Program (ELS)
Essential Learning Systems (ELS) is a program offered at St. Serra for children who may learn differently. These students might lack confidence in their academic skills, have difficulty understanding and/or remembering information, take a long time to complete schoolwork or homework, have limited independent learning skills, and/or benefit from additional academic support.
- ELS is a computerized, multisensory, interactive program that improves focus, strengthens information processing skills, and enhances performance in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension.
- Because ELS is an information processing program rather than a curricular program, it is designed to get at the cause of the learning and attentional difficulties, rather than just treating the symptoms.
- Students improve through a series of exercises that help integrate visual, auditory, and motor-kinesthetic modes of processing (known as multi-sensory integration training).
- ELS can improve the child’s ability to process information in much the same way that a regular exercise program improves physical strength.
- Instruction is individualized, so each child is able to work at his/her own pace and build on his/her success.
- Students participate in 45-minute sessions four days per week (Monday through Thursday) for a minimum of one academic year. Two after-school sessions are available, filled on a first-come, first-served basis (with priority given to Middle School students).
- There is an additional fee for the ELS program to cover program administration costs.