Our One-to-One Instruction helps students with learning differences succeed academically, and assists in building their skills and confidence in and outside of school.


RISE One-to-One programming is suitable for students ages 5 through 18 with a suspected or diagnosed learning difference.


RISE programming is offered at our East Vancouver and North Vancouver locations, at School, online via RISE at Home, or via our mobile classroom LDS Access.


Lessons are generally 50 minutes each of instruction and are offered Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 7:30pm and Saturdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

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

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

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Program Description

In our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) program, students work one-to-one with a qualified instructor on ongoing learning support, foundational skills instruction, explicit instruction, tutoring and homework support. The goal of this learning support program is to improve student independence, confidence, and academic success.

As a parent or guardian, please apply for one-to-one learning support through our online application form. Our Learning Support Team will then reach out to set up an interview time where we will get to know you and your child better, gather information to understand your child’s learning challenges, and begin the process of matching them with an instructor.

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For 2023-2024 academic year, LDS instructors are able to offer either of the following supports:

Explicit Instruction

  • Explicit one-to-one instruction in foundational skills (phonics, reading comprehension, reading fluency, spelling, math foundations, writing foundations)

  • Includes informal assessment of learning skills

  • Reporting includes a mid-term and final report and session snapshots after each session

  • Suitable for students who are struggling in school who are lacking in foundational skills

  • Suitable for grades 1 to 12

  • No homework during sessions
  • Homework Support

  • Student works one-to-one with an instructor

  • Student does not require explicit instruction in reading and writing or mathematics

  • Instructor can support with test prep, note-taking, and study skills

  • No mid-term or final reports, session snapshots after each session

  • Most suitable for high school students (grades 8 to 12)
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    Program Highlights

    Here are some key features and what you can expect in our one-to-one program. We will discuss the options best suited for your child and family during and following your intake interview.

    What to Expect

    • Participate in an intake interview with an LDS team member to assess student learning needs, program fit, scheduling, and funding.
    • Share relevant educational documents (IEP, PsychEd, report cards) with LDS to review and determine learning needs and priorities. 
    • Depending on program fit, your child will receive one-to-one explicit instruction in foundational skills such as phonics, reading comprehension, written output, and/or math, or homework support taught by experienced, specially trained instructors.
    • Students develop executive function skills such as working memory, attention, planning and organization through test preparation, note-taking, and study skills.
    • Receive the benefits of a program that draws from an extensive library of curricula that our expert instructors use to develop individualized learning plans based on student assessment, data and learning goals.
    • Our program integrates assistive technology tools (software and hardware) and social robotics where appropriate.
    • LDS supports students and families with case managers, including BC Certified Teachers, who observe and coach instructors (average 2 hours per week).
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    Progress Monitoring

    • LDS uses standardized assessment to identify individualized learning goals and develop learning interventions. 
    • LDS identifies, develops and reports on social and emotional goals to support students learning and confidence.
    • LDS uses ongoing assessments to monitor learning progress.
    • Families receive session snapshot reports after each session.
    • Families receive mid-year and end-of-year reporting on learning goals and progress. 

    Extra Supports

    Where warranted (to be determined in collaboration with families):

    • LDS can, at parent/guardian request, forward your child’s learning plan, progress reports and session snapshots to their teacher(s), school-based team, and other professionals.
    • LDS can collaborate with specialists to support your child’s learning needs.
    • LDS can provide support with IEP development and communication with a school-based team.
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    What Does LDS Do?

    Through our one-to-one foundational and explicit instruction programs, tutoring, and homework support, LDS empowers unique learners to recognize their own strengths, gain confidence, and achieve lifelong confidence and success inside and outside the classroom.

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    Become a Donor

    Thank you to our supporters who contribute to making our programming accessible for families in need.

    If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund to ensure all students have access to the educational support they deserve, please consider making a monthly or one-time donation.

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    Thank you to our donors

    Our donors play a vital role in sustaining our programming. We are so grateful for their continued support of children and youth in our community with learning differences.