Literacy Programs


McGuffey Reading Services offers virtual reading programs to provide intervention for students in first grade. Students can build their skills and confidence in a fun, supportive online environment.

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Fall Dates: September 8 - November 19, 2021


Our programs are designed for school-age children in need of intervention to either maintain their literacy skills or work to build their literacy skills. Our upcoming fall program involves two sessions per week. This program is designed to meet the needs, and build on the strengths, of students in Rising First through Middle School grades who may have struggled along their literacy path.

Program Features

  • Students work one-on-one with teachers to develop an instructional program to best meet the needs of their students.
  • Our lessons follow a structured literacy format and can include the following components based on individual needs: 1) systematic teaching of phonemic awareness, phonics/decoding, and spelling to build word recognition; 2) targeted fluency instruction to build reading rate and prosody; 3) advanced decoding and spelling examining syllables and meaning parts (including affixes and word roots); 4) comprehension instruction to include both background knowledge/vocabulary and strategy use; and 5) writing instruction for application and/or for supporting comprehension.
  • All instructional activities are based on student assessed needs and strengths.

Key Information

  • Tutoring will occur two times per week and each session lasts an average of 45 minutes.
  • The program begins on September 8 and ends on November 19, 2021.
  • For virtual tutoring, families will have day and time options to choose from.
    • Virtual tutoring will take place over Zoom; students need a device to access the internet as well as a stable connection. No special software is required.
    • Although each student will work independently with their teacher, an adult should be available in the home during each session.
  • In-person tutoring will take place Mondays and Wednesdays in Bavaro hall at the University of Virginia. The two time options are 3:30 pm and 4:35 pm.

Registration Process

  • Download, print and complete the Reading Program Registration Form
  • Submit the completed Registration Form by August 23, 2021. The program may fill prior to that date, so early registration is best. You can mail or fax your registration using the contact info on the form, or you may email it to April Swain: [email protected]. Note: Please do not use this address for general communication. Instead, please contact Lauren at: [email protected] 
  • When you send your registration form, please also complete our scheduling survey. Complete the survey ›
  • A non-refundable deposit of $250 should be submitted with the registration form to reserve a slot. The remaining balance of $275 should be paid in full by September 8, 2021. A check can be made out to McGuffey Reading Services and mailed to the Sheila C. Johnson Center. Or, you may call 434-924-7034 and select Option 1 to pay by credit or debit card.
  • We are able to offer some financial assistance for our reading programs. To be considered, you must submit a current 1040 along with your registration form. Assistance depends on available funding and family need.

For questions about fees or registration forms please contact McGuffey Reading Services at 434-924-9349 or the Sheila Johnson Center at 434-924-7034. You may also email Lauren Hauser: [email protected]