“Books may well be the only true magic.”
Alice Hoffman

Reading Program

Reading really is fundamental.  Reading skills are a strong predictor of academic and economic success in our world and one where low income children frequently fall behind.   Furthermore, the beginning of middle school is a critical time for intervention with low-reading-skills children as they make the shift from “learning to read to reading to learn.”   Fourth grade reading skill levels are critical predictors; students who do not read at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school altogether.

The Paraclete Academy seeks to close the gap in reading skills for its students through an accelerated reading program that focuses on daily, sustained and individualized reading goals.  The Paraclete’s library is organized by reading level, providing appropriate and compelling material for each child.  With assistance from teachers and tutors, the students read daily.  Additionally, the Paraclete’s program promotes a culture of reading through student-led book discussion and book reports, some of which you can find on the Student Blog.  Surrounded by peers who read, our students learn the value of reading and become lifelong readers and learners.

Summer Reading Loss

Summer Reading Loss can have a significant impact on a child’s academic success.  Regardless of other activities, the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she owns books. While economically advantaged kids often have their own bedroom libraries, at-risk children do not.  The typical middle-class student usually improves or remains the same during the summer, while the typical disadvantaged student falls behind by three months between June and September. To combat this decline, the Paraclete Academy has a special six-week program where students read one book a week (sometimes more).

Combating Summer Reading Loss:


Help Provide Books for South Boston Children

You can contribute to the Paraclete’s Reading Program by purchasing books from our Book Wish List at Amazon (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/registry/wishlist/30A6X9B75KSI9?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_wl_search_1#?ie=UTF8&tag=reading2-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957).

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