He found himself in the vicious cycle
of complicated tasks that lowered his self esteem and motivation.
Soon, he felt so frustrated that he
would even pretend to be unable to do tasks that he could
Because of his struggles and language
delay, he was placed in a full time special education program,
but he did not achieve the level his parents knew he could
According to the Department of Education:
"Even in wealthier schools, more than a fifth of fourth-graders
were unable to reach NAEP's basic [reading]level in 2000 and
about two-thirds of fourth-graders in high-poverty schools
were unable to reach the basic level in that year's survey."
At the beginning of fourth grade,
Carlos enrolled in the Hardy Brain Training Academy.
Here, Sherrie Hardy and her staff
worked with Carlos and his parents to identify the root of
Carlos' issues and address them.
Carlos successfully completed fourth
grade at the Academy and was ready to return to Rio Lindo
School at the start of the school year last fall.
Fifth grade was a big year for Carlos.
He attended Rio Lindo during the day and continued the Hardy
Brain Training program after school.
The progress he achieved allowed him
to move out of the special education day class and return
to the regular education class for every subject but reading
- only the fourth student in the history of the school to
With a healthy self-esteem and high
motivation, Carlos excelled. On June 3rd, Carlos was one of
34 students honored by the Rio School District and awarded
"Most Inspirational Student" Awards at a ceremony at the Tower
Club in Oxnard. There was no need to talk about summer tutoring
Carlos' efforts and accomplishments
earned him the title of valedictorian of his class.
Way to go Carlos!
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