Summer Literacy and Special Education Programs for Children

Seven elementary school children outside on grass near Costello Hall throwing their paper airplanes

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Reading program is designed to provide assistance to elementary and middle school children who are having difficulty learning reading and writing skills. The programs take place during the summer on the college campus. Students with and without IEPs are taught in an inclusive environment. Teachers from our MSEd programs work with children both individually and in small groups. An instructional plan is developed and implemented for each child based on the assessment of academic needs. The focus of the program is on the development of reading and writing skills. All teachers are certified and are currently enrolled in the St. Thomas Aquinas College Graduate Program in either Literacy/Reading or Special Education. Members of the graduate education faculty supervise teachers.


Children attend half-day sessions in the morning, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
June 29th - July 30th, Monday through Thursday


Families must complete and submit all parts of the APPLICATION FORM. In addition, the child’s teacher(s) must complete the TEACHER REFERRAL & SURVEY FORM. All applications must be submitted by April 15, 2020. Families will receive notice about acceptance into the program after May 2020. Due to limited space, we may not be able to accept all applicants into the program. A non-refundable fee of $200 is required when a child is accepted into the program. Please make checks payable to St. Thomas Aquinas College. The program takes place on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas College. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the program. Families will receive additional information about the schedule and specific location within the College upon acceptance into the program.

For further information, please phone Mrs. Paula Hughes, Graduate Education Program Office Assistant, at 845-398-4150, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.




PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is accepted to the program and you take your child on vacation during July, you will not only disrupt the momentum and therefore, the effectiveness of the tutoring for your child, but you will jeopardize the tutor’s degree. Do not register for the program unless you have every intention of having your child participate throughout the month of July. Thank you for considering the needs of everyone involved. Also, if your child has participated in the program for more than two years, he/she will not be accepted for a third term. We would like to give every child the opportunity to experience the benefits that our program offers.

If your child is accepted into the program and you decide not to enroll, please notify the Graduate Education Program secretary immediately (845-398-4150) or you will not be permitted to apply in future years.