Enrolment Process

Get in Touch

It all starts with a conversation! Get in touch with us by phone or email. We will answer any questions you have and schedule an assessment.

Initial Assessment

Our In-Depth Learning Assessment helps determine a student's needs and enables us to tailor and individualize our programs accordingly.

Meet with Director

Once the Initial Assessment is complete, you immediately meet with one of our Directors to discuss results and recommendations.

Written Report

The written report summarizes all results and recommendations from both the Initial Assessment and the meeting with a Director.

Start Program

Depending on their needs and the assessment findings, students attend for the recommended number of hours each week.

Progress Updates

The progress of each student is closely monitored by a Team Leader. In addition to individualizing programming and communicating with a team of clinicians, the Team Leader provides progress updates either in a face-to-face meeting or via phone or email following every 20 hours of instruction.

Observation

Towards the end of a student’s time at The Reading Foundation parents are invited to schedule an hour to observe their child at work with our clinicians. Parents can see the program in action and learn how the strategies are applied. We also welcome teachers to make an appointment to observe their students.

Post Assessment

After the student has completed their recommended programming, they are then re-assessed to measure their gains.

Post Assessment Meeting

As with the initial assessment, a meeting follows the Post Assessment to discuss the results and recommendations for the future, as well as to review the student's journal of completed work and strategies.

Written Report

Following the Post Assessment meeting you are provided with a written report which summarizes the results.

Ongoing Support

Upon program completion at The Reading Foundation, the ongoing needs of students tend to vary greatly. Some students need very little because of strong gains. Some may start another program while others may attend weekly for enrichment, homework application and/or program maintenance. Enrichment hours are available to those students whose difficulties have been addressed but who require ongoing and supportive programming to sustain their gains over time.

Assessment

In-Depth Learning Assessment

Every student wishing to attend The Reading Foundation must complete an In-Depth Learning Assessment with one of our Directors. We offer free re-assessments for students who have been previously enrolled in our programs.

The Purpose:

  • To provide a complete picture of a student’s academic needs based upon our battery of both standardized and informal tests
  • To select the program which best meets the needs of the individual student
  • To determine how long a student needs to spend working in each program
  • To serve as a baseline from which to gauge future growth

The Assessment:

  • Establishes the student's potential for reading and academics by measuring oral vocabulary
  • Assesses all levels of the reading process, starting at the phonological level
  • Tests both reading and listening comprehension
  • Additionally, math and written language abilities are measured if there are concerns in these areas.

The Process:

  • The assessment usually requires between one and one-and-one-half hours, depending on the age of the student and the tests being administered
  • Results and recommendations are presented in a meeting directly following the initial assessment
  • We provide a report, written by the assessor which summarizes the findings and recommendations

Psycho-Educational Assessment (Calgary office only)

WISC V, WIAT 3

If you require a psycho-educational assessment, our Founding Director Dr. Steve Truch, a chartered psychologist, has both the training and depth of experience to conduct the provincially regulated tests. Carly Brown, Registered Psychologist, informed by both her education and her many years of experience at The Reading Foundation also administers the psycho-educational assessment at our Calgary clinic. Ms. Brown has been extensively trained and is experienced with the administration of the formal assessment.

Dr. Truch and Ms. Brown regularly administer the traditional assessment for students who are to be ‘coded’ and who require an Individual Program Plan at school. This assessment is also required for students applying for entrance into private schools or those schools which serve unique learning needs. Through the use of standardized testing, our psycho-educational assessment will clarify a student’s cognitive and academic development, learning strengths and weaknesses as well as identify giftedness, attention deficit/hyperactive disorders and learning disabilities which might be affecting performance at school. The psycho-educational assessment requires approximately four hours for all tests to be administered. At The Reading Foundation the tests are typically administered in a single session, but can be completed in two separate sessions if required. A follow-up consultation meeting is scheduled on a later date providing time for interpretation of results. At the follow-up meeting you will be presented with a report summarizing the assessment findings. This report can be distributed to teachers and school administrators as well as to any schools requiring the assessment for admission.

A psycho-educational assessment is not required for a student to enrol at The Reading Foundation. The In-depth Learning Assessment of potential students provides us with all necessary data required to determine each student’s program needs. Get in touch with us via email or phone us at 403-244-9527 or toll free in Canada at 1-800-605-9272. We can answer your questions and schedule a psycho-educational assessment.

Scheduling & Cost

Scheduling

Morning sessions begin on the hour. Afternoon sessions begin on the half hour. We recommend booking well in advance for Friday afternoons, school holidays, school professional development days and Saturdays.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Due to the one-to-one and small group nature of our programs, The Reading Foundation’s cancellation policy is as follows:

Single day cancellations

We require at least two full business days’ notice if a student is not attending or is attending fewer hours than scheduled; otherwise, your account is charged in full for the day or hours missed.

Multiple-day or weeks cancellations

We require a minimum of 14 days’ notice to avoid a 25 per cent surcharge for the time cancelled. Should you not give the 14 days’ notice, there will be a full charge for any days cancelled within two business days, plus a 25 per cent surcharge for the remaining days cancelled.

Small group class cancellations

We reserve the right to cancel classes, in which case the registration fee will be fully refunded. We require notification of cancellations via email at least two weeks prior to the class start date and we will refund the deposit minus a $125 processing fee. Cancellations with less than two weeks’ notice result in no refund of deposits. We do not refund or provide make-up days for non-attendance.

Parents are required to cancel on their child’s behalf.

FAQs

FAQs

Questions about The Reading Foundation’s unique programs and approach? We have answers!

Who can you help?

Our intensive programs are of benefit to students of all ages and abilities. Every day we help students from as young as four through to adult reach their learning potential.

What programs do you offer?

We offer research-based and internally designed remedial programs which address reading, spelling, math, comprehension and writing difficulties. In response to community demands, we also offer early learning reading and math programs to preschoolers, enrichment programs for returning students or students looking for an extra boost, as well as programs for English Language Learners.

Is an assessment really necessary?

Yes. Our In-Depth Learning Assessment provides a complete picture of a student’s academic needs. Our battery of standardized and informal tests allows us to select and customize programs to best meet the needs of each individual student. The assessment also serves as a baseline from which to gauge future growth. Results and recommendations are presented in a meeting directly following the assessment.

What if we have already had a Psycho-Educational Assessment done?

You will still need to book an In-Depth Learning Assessment which includes both standardized and informal tests not included in a Psycho-Educational Assessment. We welcome you to bring a copy of your Psycho-Educational Assessment along to your appointment as it does provide useful information.

How many hours do students usually attend The Reading Foundation?

Following the model built in our Calgary and Vancouver clinics, we usually recommend a minimum of 80-100 hours of personalized one-to-one instruction. Students typically attend for four hours a day, five days a week allowing them to make strong and sustainable gains in their programs.

Is four hours a day too intense?

We know that four hours a day, five days a week sounds like a lot but students quickly become accustomed to our immersive approach. Students work with a different clinician every hour which keeps things interesting. Within each hour the activities are engaging and move quickly. The success of our programming is due in large part to its intensive nature. Students and parents alike see changes quickly.

Who will be working with my child?

Your child will be working one-to-one with our highly qualified and caring educators who have undergone extensive training and mentoring in The Reading Foundation's clinical programs. Qualities of patience, flexibility, and compassion are valued and nurtured at all of our clinics.

Will I be kept informed of my child’s progress?

Absolutely. The progress of each of our students is monitored closely by a team leader which helps to ensure hourly program continuity and an adaptive pace. Your child’s team leader will provide parents/guardians with an update following approximately every 20 hours of clinical work.

How do your services differ from tutoring?

Our students receive an experience that is more educational therapy than tutoring thanks to our research-based, intentionally developed programs. Our dynamic and individualized approach guides students to reach their highest education potential.