Individual Academic Support

Individual Academic Support (IAS) is a program that works closely with teachers, administrators, parents, and students to improve student success in the classroom.

IAS endeavors to assist students facing academic struggles. 

The following IAS services are available:

  • one-on-one tutoring during school hours in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, mathematics, memory recall, central auditory processing, and/or speech;
  • testing students to help determine special learning needs;
  • referral to, and coordination of, evaluations with public school/medical services;
  • recommendations of customized classroom strategies for teachers to specifically assist the student;
  • developing learning strategies and/or study skills; and
  • creating accommodations to the curriculum when necessary for student success.

In the IAS office, Mrs. Cardenas provides individual attention to each student enabling them to accomplish more in the classroom.  Parent and teacher conferences are scheduled monthly to discuss the child’s progress and you may call anytime you have questions or desire an update.   The goal of IAS is to enable your child to become an independent learner and achieve academic success.  Please contact Teri Cardenas in the Individual Academic Support office, if you would like more information.

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Get to Know Mrs. Teri Cardenas. 

This is my first year to work as the Individual Academic Support Director (IAS) at SCCS. Currently I meet with 22 students on a weekly basis to help them overcome academic challenges. Some of the areas we focus on include: phonics, reading comprehension, mathematics, test-taking strategies, writing, dyslexia, speech articulation, and speech fluency. 

I have been so blessed already to see how the Lord prepared me and placed me in this position. From graduating with Bachelor’s degrees in both Communicative Disorders and Child Development, to home-schooling three of my daughters, to being a kindergarten teacher’s aide - these have all taught me valuable lessons which I am able to use daily with my students. I especially enjoy being able to work individually with each student: taking the time to talk with them; understand their unique situation; and then partner with the student’s teachers and parents to assist in the student’s academic success. 

These past three months have been a true joy! It really touched me when one of my students earned a 98% on his reading comprehension test and came to show me his graded paper. He thanked me for working with him and said he hoped I would stay here until he graduates. While my hope is that he will not need Individual Academic Support next year, I am so thankful for his sentiment! I continually pray that God will allow me to be a help to each student and family that He brings to my office. 

My immediate family consists of my wonderful husband, Hector, and my four amazing, lovely daughters: Amanda (21), Melinda (19), Vanessa (15), and Alyssa (9). Together, we attend Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. My husband and I were both saved as adults and are extremely thankful that our daughters have been able to grow up learning about the Lord. One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 4:32. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” I have witnessed many people at SCCS living out this verse as they interact with students, parents, and teachers. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into this new position at this outstanding school. I am excited to be here!