S.O.A.R (Student Opportunities for Achievement and Results) & Enrichment

Cindy Galvan


Graziella Rodriguez


Janice Ferretti



Holy Spirit Catholic School offers a program to enrich and assist students to meet various academic levels. The program works with parents, students, and teachers to provide the best learning environment with educational interventions to assist our students.

Our classroom teachers teach with enthusiasm and vigor, while recognizing that students learn in a variety of ways. When intended outcomes are not achieved in the classroom, a teacher will differentiate his/her instruction method to better accommodate the students’ learning styles and abilities.

If a student’s success is in jeopardy, they may be referred to the SOAR Team for review of ITBS, CogAT results, reading benchmarks, grades, and overall progress. The team may recommend and implement interventions to support the student in his/her academic and behavioral journey at Holy Spirit Catholic School.

SOAR Goals

  • To provide academic and behavioral support for students
  • To provide interventions for gaps in learning
  • To provide dyslexia instruction to students who have been screened and diagnosed with dyslexia

Ways to Support Your Child at Home

  • Provide a quiet, organized space to work at home
  • Include: pencils, pens, paper, dictionary,  thesaurus, etc.
  • Keep it structured (same time everyday)
  • Don’t hover, but stay close by
  • Answer questions, redirect, encourage
  • Turn off electronics
  • Don’t “over-schedule” your child…allow time to just be a kid!
  • Be a role model for learning new things

Dyslexia Program

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.  Consequent problems in reading are reduced comprehension and reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and knowledge.  (Adopted by the  International Dyslexia Board of Directors, 2002).
Our Dyslexia Intervention Program at Holy Spirit, is a multisensory curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham approach which teaches phonics and the structure of the English language.  The program teaches reading, writing, spelling, and verbal and written expression by engaging the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities simultaneously whenever possible.  It is a “pull out” program that students attend 3-5 times each week.