Accelerated Reader

This computerized reading program was introduced into the school in September 1997. The basic idea of the program is that each child reads a book, within a specified reading level based on test scores, and then takes a computer-quiz on the book. The computer records the quiz results, providing students, teachers, and parents with an accurate record of the student's performance including their progress towards a trimester goal.

The overall aim of the program to provide enough reading practice to make every child a fluent and successful reader. Because of the demands of the program, substantial annual funding is required to maintain it. Parents have helped considerably with their Christmas donations and we have also received three MBNA grants.

Since the program began, our students have read many more books than before and their annual reading test scores have risen. However, we keep trying to make the program work even better. A few years ago, we started an AR Buddies Club. This involves 6th, 7th and 8th graders volunteering to help 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders who are struggling to pass their quizzes. This has worked well and enabled some students to pass their quizzes for the first time.

The summer of 2012 we once again upgraded this system to expand the use of books outside of our library here at Fatima. The program is now web based and offers a much larger selection of books to the students. We are excited about the new upgrade and hope our students will enjoy the options now to expand their choices of books.  Click on the link below to visit the site and explore the collection available.