St. John offers on-going, specialized literacy instruction throughout the year. Students are placed in the program based on their performance on beginning-of-the-year reading assessments administered by the reading specialist and the classroom teachers. Students in grades kindergarten through three are assessed again in the winter and the spring to determine progress and guide instruction.
Students are taught phonics rules using multisensory instruction. Students practice decoding words using specialized techniques and work towards mastery through continuous review. Students practice reading for fluency and comprehension with a variety of non-fiction and fiction passages.