– Innovative “Club Connect” Program Prepares Prentice Students for Early Reading Success –

NORTH TUSTIN, Calif., June 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Prentice School, a private, nonprofit academic school with an established reputation as one of the leading schools for children with learning differences that include dyslexia (language-based processing disorder), dyscalculia (math-based processing disorder), dysgraphia (written languagebased processing disorder), attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety has become the first school in Orange County to be selected as a United Way Club Connect school thanks to its longtime Prentice School supporters Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde.

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The ground-breaking Club Connect program provides resources to elementary schools to help improve early grade reading levels, which as research has shown, bolsters high school graduation rates. “Mike and I felt the Club Connect program was another innovative platform for The Prentice School to help their students excel in ways previously unavailable,” said Laura Khouri.

“The Prentice School is very fortunate to be the first school in Orange County selected as a United Way Club Connect school,” said Dr. Gregory Endelman, Principal of The Prentice School. “This distinction affirms The Prentice School’s 30-year history as Orange County’s leader in promoting literacy initiatives that help our diverse group of learners reach new heights.”

Alicia Maciel, Executive Director of The Prentice School states, “We know that reading is critical to academic success, and if these skills are not mastered in the early years, our children will fall further and further behind. The Prentice School truly appreciates Laura and Mike’s support as the engaging United Way Club Connect program is a welcomed addition to our core offerings—one where our students, their families, and the community volunteers can participate.”

The Prentice School will receive a “Reading Oasis” that will feature 440 Scholastic books, beanbag chairs, a colorful carpet that says “TIME TO READ” and a listening station where children, families and community partners can read together. In addition, every child at The Prentice School will also receive a one-year membership to United Way Club Connect, a national website featuring celebrity book readings, educational games, inspirational videos, e-books and other learning activities.

The Prentice School plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Reading Oasis this coming September in conjunction with its “Back to School Family Picnic.”

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Founded in 1986, The Prentice School is a private, non-profit academic school located in North Tustin, California and is a Certified Nonpublic School through the California Department of Education and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Prentice approach is designed to engage students on three learning pathways, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Using evidence-based curriculum and instructional methodologies, a structured literacy approach, multi-sensory instructional strategies, and ongoing progress monitoring, The Prentice School offers an unparalleled learning experience to students with learning differences who possess average to high intelligence, and whose needs have not been met in a more traditional classroom setting.

You can learn more about The Prentice School at or call (714) 244-4600.

Media Contact:

Mauricio Lopez
The Prentice School
(714) 538-4511