The Literacy Center at Adelphi University provides literacy assessment and instruction for students entering grades 1-12 who are experiencing difficulties in reading and/or writing.

Focusing on problems with decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and study skills, our teachers employ a variety of instructional approaches based on the most current educational theory and research.

Assessment and instruction are provided by New York State-certified teachers completing certification or a master’s degree in literacy. Each new student entrant is individually evaluated before the instructional sessions begin, and an individualized plan is developed to meet the specific literacy needs of each student. The evaluation includes a combination of formal and informal assessments, personal interviews, and writing samples.

Based on the results of the evaluation, students are placed in either small groups (no more than four students) or in an individual setting. Conferences inform parents of progress and make recommendations for support at home. At the end of the semester, a summary report is written for all students.

Program Schedule

Our programs are offered during three semesters per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Fall and Spring Semesters

During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes meet for twenty, 45-minute instructional sessions. In addition, Saturday classes are available; a single, 90-minute session will be held per week. Starting times are at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:15 a.m.

Summer Session

Our Summer session meets five days a week during the month of July. The 50-minute sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Saturday classes are not available during the Summer session.

Service Fees

  • $300 if an individual placement is recommended
  • $150 if the student is placed in a group setting

There is also a $25 fee for application filing and a one-time $50 fee for the student evaluation process.

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