’Rizon Readers Kindergarten Readiness Program - Summer 2023 - Horizon Academy

Summer Programs

Providing students with the critical learning skills they need during the summer months.

’Rizon Readers Kindergarten Readiness Program

Entering Kindergarten, $1,000

June 5 – June 29, 2023 | Mondays – Thursdays | 8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Horizon Academy | 4901 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park, Kansas
Enrollment Capacity: Maximum of 8 rising Kindergarten Students

’Rizon Readers Kindergarten Readiness Program is a pilot program at a reduced cost that aims to prepare rising Kindergarten students at risk for reading disorders for success in literacy and numeracy. Through a play-based, multisensory Orton-Gillingham (O-G) Approach, students will practice language skills including phonological awareness, emergent writing, alphabet awareness, and fundamental numeracy skills. 

The program has been created by experts in Speech & Language Pathology, the Orton-Gillingham Approach (dyslexia literacy intervention), and Multisensory Math. The program will be led by an early childhood O-G certified teacher. 

Upon completion of the program, parents will be offered a parent-teacher conference to discuss student growth as well as teacher recommendations and accommodations for the coming school years.

Admission Criteria

In order to be admitted into the program, students must…

  • Be available for the entirety of the June program
  • Be going into kindergarten in Fall 2023
  • Attend a one hour in-person screening to determine placement eligibility
  • Meet at least 3 of the 6 criteria indicated by parents and formal pre-testing
    • Family history of dyslexia
    • Limited letter/number identification 
    • Measurable deficits when compared to age-matched peers in phonological awareness skills including nonword repetition, word/phoneme segmentation, word/phoneme blending, digit repetition
    • Measurable deficits when compared to age-matched peers in rapid automatic naming of colors, objects, letters, numbers
    • Limited print awareness skills 
    • Observed difficulty producing speech sounds

Parents interested in the program will fill out a screener via the apply button below. Eligible students will receive in-depth pre-testing as well as post-testing to evaluate their progress.

Below is a flow chart detailing the screening process.