Our Basic Literacy students, ages 18 and up, are native English speakers, who are in need of improving their reading levels. It is impossible to overstate that basic reading learners are highly diverse in their abilities, goals and needs. Some are reviewing material in order to enter into a GED program, while others may not know the alphabet. To give you an idea, a person with a 5th grade reading level can understand a simple sentence and sign their name, but they cannot comprehend nutritional labels, a job application, legal text, or locate an intersection on a map. Our learners sometimes have a specific life goal such as finding, retaining, or improving employment, studying for a driver’s license, helping a child to read, or reading labels on prescription medicine.
Learners seek our Basic Literacy (BL) services due to a variety of reasons including:
- Previously undiagnosed learning disabilities
- Moving many times in elementary and high school resulting in graduating without learning to read and write well
- Dropping out of school to work or to care for a sick relative
Staff members conduct intake interviews and assessments to determine if this program is the right fit for the student. If accepted, these learners are matched with an appropriate one-to-one tutor.