“Completing the Take Flight curriculum changed the course of my daughter’s life. Not only did completion of the program provide her with vital reading skills, it instilled a deep-rooted confidence within her. She participates in all academic learning activities with the belief she can read whatever materials she is presented. From struggling to read simple picture books to comprehending complex science and social studies texts, Lillian’s reading progress is in one word—incredible! Dyslexia has not been a barrier to success because of the dyslexia therapy she received at Mills Elementary.”
“Take Flight helped me a lot. I now have a vivid vocabulary!”
—Preston, Take Flight Graduate
“This program changed our family’s life! We no longer have tears doing homework—instead, my son has confidence with all of his schoolwork and reading is his favorite pastime!”
“Over the course of my teaching career, I’ve had many trainings using various curriculums and reading programs for teaching kids with reading problems, but none that have been as successful as Take Flight. Every one of my students have made huge gains in reading and improved in their spelling. I’ve had students that were going to be retained in 1st grade for lack of reading progress, but with the help of Take Flight they have jumped at least two grade levels after being in the program a year and a half. All of my students’ fluency rates have increased tremendously even within the first few months. The students enjoy learning, love applying the reading strategies, and most of all they notice their own improvement in reading. I truly believe in this program and feel that every campus should have a certified person in Take Flight teaching students that have any kind of reading difficulty, not just students identified with dyslexia.
—Janie Martinez, CALT
“It’s really cool because you learn a lot. I’m becoming an English language expert according to my teacher, Mrs. Vassar. She’s really nice. Take Flight helps quite a bit, especially with my reading.”
—Ryan, Take Flight Graduate
“Being in Take Flight was very important to me because it helped me understand words and how to read correctly. I am now in 5th grade and love to read so much that sometimes I have to be told to put my book down. Since I learned to read in Take Flight all the other subjects in school are easier for me. Take Flight changed my life.”
—Cassie, Take Flight Graduate
“Take Flight dramatically changed our daughter’s trajectory in school. She went from struggling to keep up to being a commended student on the STAAR.”
— Cassie’s Dad
“I am eternally grateful for the gift of the Take Flight program provided by our school. The Take Flight therapy gave my daughter confidence, a love of reading and essential skills for success in life. After spending countless hours of frustration trying to learn to read, Take Flight offered a different way of learning to read that made a world of difference. Today my daughter is a straight A student, happy and confident. I credit much of her success to the Take Flight program.”
“The Take Flight intervention program has taught me the specialized skills needed to help students with low reading ability overcome their difficulties, specifically my students identified with dyslexia that have a history of reading failure. Ongoing training that requires repetitious practice, constructive feedback, and a high standard of instruction has advanced my instruction and career.”
—Monica Santos, CALT
“Take Flight has helped my confidence. It makes learning fun and takes the pain out of learning. Having a therapist on campus, I feel like I have someone on my side.”—Mason, Take Flight Graduate
I have not always had this love for books that I do now, but I’ll tell you the story of how I came to love books as much as I do.
It started off just a normal day in third grade. I went to school, came home, and did my homework. I didn’t read like I normally would today. I said “hello!” to my mom and headed to the kitchen to get snack when my mom told me to come over. I walked over, wondering what she needed me to do. She told me I’d be starting Take Flight. I asked her what Take Flight was, and she told me that it was a program that helps kids with dyslexia read. I asked her what dyslexia was, and she told me it was a learning disability that made it harder for kids to read. I asked her if I had dyslexia, and she told me as a matter-o-fact you do. I was taken back by the idea, but when I thought about it, I had always had some trouble reading. So I agreed to give it a go.
The next day at school, I was a bit nervous about the whole Take Flight thing that was to come later that that day. I was worried the teacher would be mean or strict. But when the day came to an end, my third grade teacher came up to me and asked, “Are you ready?” I said, “For what?” “For Take Flight, of course,” she said. With these words, happiness flooded into me. I would have a nice teacher teaching me Take Flight!
And throughout that year, I started to like to read a lot more. I became more and more advanced as the years past, learning new things about reading and reading new, more amazing books than ever before.
–Ryan, 6th grader reflecting on his Take Flight journey in elementary school