The RISE Method

Our tutoring and instruction programs follow our unique Research-informed Individualized Student Education methodology.

What makes RISE special? 

Developed from BC’s Core Competencies, research-based curricula, and our intensive intake process, the RISE Method offers an individualized approach to suit the learning strengths and stretches of each of our students.  

During our intensive intake process, our staff learn about your child’s strengths and stretches. We conduct informal assessments to help identify gaps in your child’s learning and areas of weakness.  

Our curricula are research-based to support our diverse students. We strive to find the right curriculum, or combination of curricula, to support each of our students.  

Our instructors include BC certified teachers, Special Education Assistants, Orton-Gillingham certified instructorsand experienced inclusive education tutors. Passionate for making education inclusive, our instructors meet students at their levels and work on building their confidence, foundational skills, and reignite students’ love of learning.  

With the guidance of our Learning Support Team, instructors individualize their lesson plans to target the gaps in students’ learning and build on their foundational skills. Instructors help students identify strategies to make learning a success in and out of the classroom.  

We prioritize the bond between an instructor and student 

Like our diverse students, our instructors come to us with varying backgrounds as well. You can read more about our instructors on our Our Team page. 

Our curricula

RISE is an individualized program – we know that each unique student has a unique way of learning. Therefore, we draw from a variety of curricula to develop a customized plan for our direct and intensive remedial instruction. Our curricula options include:

  • Sound Partners 
  • Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) 
  • Orton-Gillingham
  • JUMP Math 
  • FocusMATH
  • Wordly Wise 
  • Social Thinking 

Who is RISE for?

RISE programming is suitable for students ages 5 through 18 with a suspected or diagnosed learning disability. 

Where is it offered?

RISE programming is offered at our East Vancouver and North Vancouver locations, In-School, or online (RISE at Home)  

When are lessons?

Lessons are generally offered Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 8:00pm as well as Saturdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm.  

Lesson times vary depending on the program and the time of year.

Due to COVID-19, lessons are subject to change.

* Dates may vary depending on interest, staffing, and physical distancing needs. 


per hour

We operate on a sliding scale fee model to ensure our services are accessible to all families.

Internal bursaries may be available for families who qualify. Please see our funding page under Resources for more information.

Please see our funding page under Resources for more information on third party grants and qualification criteria.

Most of our programs qualify for BC Ministry Autism / ASD funding.

LDS RISE Students Maintaining or Improving Standing Relative to General Classroom Norms





LDS RISE Student Results

Based on the results from a longitudinal research study conducted with the University of British Columbia, LDS RISE students saw in one year a 5 percentile point improvement (e.g. moving from the 25th to 30th percentile) in literacy (reading and writing) and a 3 percentile point improvement in mathematics relative to general education norms.

This means LDS students are catching up to their general classroom peers by a quarter or half grade level in one year!

Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and funders who make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable programs.

If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund, please consider making a monthly or one time donation via our Giving page.

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