Approach to Reading

Reading is the tool that unlocks a student’s education, and St. Paul’s structured literacy program is the foundation for reading on our campus. Structured Literacy is a scientific, research-based reading approach that is focused on the structure of language. Teaching a student to read requires one to introduce, review, and practice concepts in sequences from simple to complex. As we work with our youngest students on reading, we help them learn to decode words by applying sound-symbol relationships. It is our goal to provide our students in junior kindergarten through second grade with every tool necessary to become proficient readers so that they may feel equipped when ‘reading to learn’ in third grade and beyond.

As a school, we realize that each student we work with begins in a different place when it comes to their literacy journey. Regardless of your child’s reading progress, structured literacy is either advantageous or essential to them becoming confident and independent readers. When considering our students, we find that only five percent of students are able to seemingly and effortlessly learn to read on their own.  For the remaining 90 percent of students, research shows that explicit, systematic, and sequential code-based instruction is either beneficial or necessary.  

Through our lower school teachers and our Center for Student Success, we work with students individually, in small groups, and as a class to help students grasp the concepts and tools of reading to unlock their education. Our Center for Student Success team is certified by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and are fully qualified to provide instruction in phonology, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, and semantics through multi-sensory learning.  

If you’d like to learn more about how we prepare our students academically or our overall approach to education at St. Paul, please visit our admissions page or contact a member of our enrollment team. 


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