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Heart to Heart

teacher with Heart to Heart studentsThe Heart to Heart program provides a challenging educational experience for students with Down syndrome in an inclusive, integrated Christian community, with an unwavering commitment to developing the full academic and social potential of each student and instilling in our typically-developing students the understanding, acceptance, and love for those with developmental and learning differences.

Academically, Heart to Heart is pushing boundaries and limits that have rarely been pushed. Students are integrated into as many classes and community activities and opportunities as possible. Certified special education teachers provide appropriate academic modifications for each student and are responsible for ensuring that all of the classroom teachers involved are knowledgeable and prepared to fully educate each student. Each student receives one-on-one instruction in the areas of math and reading throughout the day. These instructional times are fully customized to each individual student by the Heart to Heart teacher and use many different techniques based upon the student’s specific learning styles.

Beyond academics, the students of the program are given opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at FRA. From athletics to arts to service programs, the Heart to Heart students are fully accepted and encouraged to participate in the manner that best fits their needs. Students have managed athletics teams at both varsity and middle school levels for football, basketball, soccer, and track and field. As their comfort levels increase with the coaches, often times they are even given opportunities to play the sport as the coach advises.

As with all students at FRA, we prepare our Heart to Heart students to move to the next level of their educational journey with the skills and experiences that will give them the chance to succeed at any endeavor that they embark upon.

We will:

  • Inspire our Heart to Heart and typically-developing students to learn from and with one another, enriching the educational experience of all students in the process
  • Expand the boundaries of possibilities for the academic development of students with Down syndrome
  • Prepare our students with Down syndrome to lead productive and fulfilled lives beyond their years at FRA



David Dawson

David Dawson
U/S Heart to Heart

Natalie Scruggs

Natalie Scruggs
U/S Heart to Heart

Kate Wade

 

Kate Webber
M/S Heart to Heart

Alana Hilkin

Alana Hilkin
M/S Heart to Heart

 

Abby Hampton

Abby Hampton
M/S Heart to Heart

 

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
M/S Heart to Heart

 

 

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