After a two year pause, Reading University is set to resume on July 4th at the Northwestern Polytechnic campus in Grande Prairie.

Reading University is a community-driven early intervention program designed for children leaving grade three struggling to achieve grade-level literacy. The project takes those children within a specific criteria range over 15 days and advances the levels of comprehension and skill. 

Since its launch in 2009 over 1200 local children have benefitted from Grade Three Reading University.  The program has been endorsed by school districts, parent groups, and community partners across the region.  Enrollment comes at no expense to the families who participate.

Many Reading University alumni have gone on to attend post-secondary.  Co-founder Rhonda Side comments “The key to the success is the teacher-student ratio. Each ten student “pod” is accompanied by two experienced literacy educators - we call them professors. The centre-based program busts the traditional classroom mold and allows the children to discover reading through a new lens. Often, they are not even aware that the change is occurring.” 

If you believe that your student or child meets the criteria for entrance this July, or if you require further information, you can connect with Reading University via their website.