Where is Lumina School located?
We currently rent classroom space in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, located at 1125 Franklin Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515.
When will 2016 classes begin?
The 2016-2017 school year began on September 6, 2016. Lumina will offer a traditional school year, with an open summer.
What will be the instructional hours?
Normal school hours will be from 9 am - 3:30 pm. Drop-off will start at 8:30 am and pick-up will end at 4:00 pm. Early dismissal can be arranged for those with after school sports or classes.
What grades will Lumina be enrolling in 2016?
We plan to start with kids entering grades 3-4. If we have enough inquiries about other grades, we may consider enrolling those age groups as well.
What will be the ratio of students to teachers?
In most cases, eight to one or less. There may occasionally be larger groups for activities such as art or physical education
Will the school day be highly structured?
We will aim for a balance between structure and more open time. Most students need some routine and boundaries to function at their best. However, we will have time set aside each day for group projects or individual learning pursuits. Open time is important for deep exploration of topics of interest, as well as development of time management skills.
What about homework?
We will never assign "busywork" homework such as worksheets. Students will be asked to read material of their choice for 10-15 minutes nightly. Students may also have audio or audiovisual material assigned to review a few nights per week, easily accessible online.
What type of program will be used to teach reading and spelling?
Lumina will provide explicit, structured, multi-sensory instruction using Take Flight (an Orton-Gillingham based curriculum). Structured Word Inquiry, the investigation of the meaning and inter-relationships of words in the English language, will also be used. Instruction will be given in small groups of no more than six students.
My child currently receives tutoring in a specific reading program. Should we continue?
This is ultimately up to you, and depends on many factors including your child's age and your tutor's recommendation. While we will provide appropriate small group reading instruction, some students may still need additional one on one instruction. Tutors are welcome to come and work with individual students during the school day.
How many students will you enroll?
This will depend on the number of applicants. Lumina is committed to starting in 2016, even with a handful of students. We expect that Lumina will be a always be small school, eventually enrolling 40-50 students between grades 1-8.
Will classes be mixed age?
Yes, as we plan to start with a limited number of students, classes will be initially be mixed in age: 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade.
Will you consider children with learning differences besides dyslexia?
We will consider all applicants, but truly are dedicated to serving students with dyslexia. We recognize that dyslexia is often accompanied by other learning differences, such as attention deficit and dysgraphia.
Will you accept students with emotional difficulties?
We know that many students with learning differences have some emotional issues due to their trouble learning at school. However, Lumina cannot accept students whose primary difficulty is due to emotional and/or behavioral problems or students who have a history of any violent or threatening behavior.
Is Lumina designed for "twice exceptional" students?
Our curriculum is designed for students with average to above average intelligence. We do expect that Lumina will work especially well for very bright, or twice exceptional, students currently struggling in more traditional schools.
What assistive technology will my child be using in the classroom?
All students will be taught keyboarding, and be taught to efficiently use audiobooks. Other assistive technology, depending on the student's age and needs, may include: speech-to-text applications, dictation, word prediction, and mind-mapping visual organizer software. Each student will receive a Chromebook for use during the school year.
Is Lumina School non-profit?
We are certainly not starting the school to make money, but are not technically a non-profit organization as of yet. We are carefully considering our options and may apply for non-profit status.
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