The Learning Lab at Milpitas Christian School is a place where students can come to get help with homework or to receive assistance with building skills needed to be successful in learning and in life.
In addition to the mainstream students, we offer support and services to those students struggling with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Students with classroom attention issues are given the skills and training to help them succeed. The Lab also offers the Renaissance Club for highly qualified students in grades 3 to 8.
Our main priority is to help students feel treasured, supported and validated--without that, learning cannot take place. One of the unique features of our program is that we seek to connect with teachers and parents to provide the best service possible.
Learning Lab programs are fee-based and supported by those who use these services.
ELL evaluations and services are provided for those students needing additional support in their learning of the English language. Speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills are strengthened in a one-on-one tutoring environment.
Towards the end of the school year, all 2nd Grade students and any new students to MCS who have entered the 3rd through 8th grades are given an assessment to begin the process of identifying gifted learners. Milpitas Christian School uses a three-point identification process: an intellectual/cognitive ability test, performance on a nationally norm-referenced test, and a behavior assessment.
The purpose of identifying students as gifted learners is to ensure that students are receiving an education and learning environment that best meet their needs. While students are placed within the general education classroom, care is taken to make certain other gifted learners will be grouped with them.
Milpitas Christian School offers an after school enrichment program, The Renaissance Club, for gifted learners. This program is designed to provide social and emotional support with like-minded peers, as well as an opportunity to expand students’ critical thinking skills and well-rounded education.
For more information about The Renaissance Club, please email Learning Lab Director, Kathy Yao at KYao@MilpitasChristian.org, or call at Ext. 11401.
Public School District Student Study Team Evaluations, IEPs (Individual Educational Programs) Services, and 504 Plan implementation.Assistance is provided to parents as they seek help in assessing their student for possible learning disabilities and remediation. Services in the areas of preparing initial information packets, contacting district offices, meeting with Student Study Teams (SST), and guiding parents in determining the best learning environment for their student are provided. Support for follow-up meetings with the SST, working with classroom teachers to implement any prescribed accommodations and modifications, and ideas to assist the student at home are also offered.While the Learning Lab is not a Special Education Program, for those students who have been identified as having mild to moderate learning disabilities, a selection of services are offered. These services are designed to meet the individual need(s) of the student, using research-based methods and materials.
Students who deal with a variety of learning issues sometimes struggle with performing to the best of their ability in the regular classroom setting when it comes to taking tests. The Learning Lab offers services for students who need:
Tests read to them
To dictate answers to someone else to write down
A quieter, less distracting testing environment with someone who can keep them focused and on task and at a slower pace