The Dr. Carolyn Ware Moving Forward Program (MFP) is designed to support NCCS students by enhancing academic achievement, social skills, and cognitive abilities. Students may be referred to the program by parents, teachers, or administrators by notifying the office of the MFP Director. For some services, follow-up observation, evaluation, and psychoeducational testing may be required to identify specific areas of deficit which affect the student’s achievement.
Each student’s program of services is individualized based on his or her specific learning goals and needs. After gathering appropriate data on student achievement, parents will meet with the MFP Team to determine the appropriate interventions required to facilitate student success.
NCCS offers services to support many different styles of learners through the Moving Forward Program; however, we are not equipped to serve students whose learning differences are due to significant emotional, social, or behavioral concerns. Additionally, students must demonstrate the intellectual potential to master a college-preparatory curriculum.
Each service listed below requires a specific fee. Services are arranged through the office of the Moving Forward Program Director.
Educational Therapy - This intervention requires a twice a week pull-out program and is available in grades K through 12. Students meet one-on-one or in small groups with a therapist who is specifically trained to address areas of processing deficits. Psychoeducational testing is required in order for students to receive this service.
Content Development Classes - Content development classes replace a student’s regularly scheduled math or reading/language class and are available to students in 1st through 8th grade. These classes are taught by experienced instructors who are highly trained in their content area. Students needing specific remediation in these areas are pulled out on a daily basis for this one-on-one or small group instruction. Psychoeducational testing is required in order for students to receive this service.
Interactive Metronome - Interactive Metronome (IM) is a research-based cognitive training program designed to significantly improve rhythm and timing in the brain, helping the brain to work more efficiently. IM is effective in enhancing general cognitive and athletic performance. Additionally, it can be used to improve cognitive abilities in students with diagnoses such as ADHD, dyslexia, learning differences, speech-language difficulties, and more.
Speech & Language Services - Students with concerns regarding speech and language, such as articulation (speech sounds), fluency (stuttering), receptive and expressive language, pragmatics (social skills), or voice can receive on-campus speech therapy services provided by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist.
Online Therapy - Computer-based cognitive training and/or academic intervention is available for students who require additional educational support. This independent therapy is completed during a student’s own time, providing flexibility to the student and parents.
Program of Accommodations - For students who have diagnosed learning differences, a Program of Accommodations can be developed after a thorough review of the student’s psychoeducational evaluation. Accommodations are outlined in an individualized document, the Student Learning Profile, and are implemented by the classroom teacher and designated MFP personnel.
Upper School Learning Lab - Learning Lab services are provided to all Upper School students who receive accommodations. The Learning Lab provides a quiet environment in which testing accommodations are implemented. Students also have the option of attending their regularly scheduled study hall in the Learning Lab. Other resources provided in the Learning Lab include Google Read & Write software, Google Classroom support, and homework help.
Academic Coaching - This individual or small group intervention provides specific mentoring and coaching for students with executive functioning deficits. Accountability for academic tasks as well as instruction in study skills is included in this service. Coaches follow a written curriculum which can be individualized to meet a student’s specific needs. This intervention is available for grades 5-12 and may meet as often as required.
Tutoring - Students who need a temporary period of intervention to augment skills not mastered in the regular classroom will benefit from tutoring. On-campus tutoring is offered for most academic classes and is available to all NCCS students.