Lower School Reading

Entering Grades 1-5

This intensive three-hour course, designed for students struggling with reading on the phonetic or comprehension level, meets daily for four weeks. Students entering grades 1 through 5 enjoy small group instruction in Phono-graphix or Orton-Gillingham (decoding and encoding programs), Great Leaps (a reading fluency program), comprehension strategies and Text Talk(a word study/vocabulary program). Every child also takes part in an individual decoding session each morning. Manipulatives, memory strategies and language-based instruction reinforce concepts.
Reading instructors and McLean faculty, experienced in teaching students with reading difficulties, administer pre- and post-tests to document improvement. (Students are screened before acceptance into the program; contact the SummerEdge Office for details.) At the end of the program, instructors also write a report on each student’s progress, strengths and areas needing continued support.


To register for Lower School Intensive Reading, please complete the SummerEdge online application first. Please note that a brief screening will take place on the first day of the program. This is intended to help our staff determine where to place each child within the group based on their academic needs. Your child does not need to study or prepare for this screening.

Session Dates (4-week duration)

June 15-July 10

Session Hours

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Session Tuition

8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  240.395.0690  summeredge@mcleanschool.org