What is SAIL?
SAIL is a four-week summer reading program that employs evidence-based intervention methods. With an adult to child ratio of approximately 1:4, students receive individualized instruction, specifically tailored to address their reading difficulties.
Small-group and one-on-one reading tutoring during SAIL is conducted both by SAIL teachers and by UF graduate student reading specialist interns, under the supervision of UF faculty and SAIL teachers.
Who is eligible to attend SAIL?
SAIL is open to students currently in grades 1-5 with documented difficulties in reading. This documentation may include (a) a prior diagnosis of dyslexia or a specific learning disability (SLD) in reading, (b) a record of significantly below-benchmark performance on standardized tests, or (c) results from UFLI screening assessment.
All potential participants must also be screened by UFLI personnel to ensure that the program is a good match for the student’s needs. After you have submitted an application, UFLI staff will contact you to schedule a screening appointment.
Why should my child attend SAIL?
Data from previous summers indicate that students who attend SAIL make significant gains in their reading achievement.
We know that reading achievement declines when struggling readers do not attend a summer reading program.
State benchmarks for promotion and graduation focus heavily on reading skills. Standards for promotion from 3rd grade and graduation from high school are set in state law and measured by student performance on state assessments.