The Biome Grows Readers

There remains a dire need to help students improve literacy skills and guide them on a pathway to success. We know that children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers.

It is crucial that children master grade-level reading by 3rd grade because that is when instruction moves from a focus on learning to read to reading to learn. Basic reading skills become vital for continued learning in other subjects, like math and science. Without these foundational skills, students are unable to keep up with their peers and continue to fall farther and farther behind. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010, 2017) Worse yet, the ability to overcome literacy challenges only increases overtime – 85% of all juveniles who come in contact with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

At The Biome, we recognize early intervention is critical in supporting students. We refuse to let students fall behind. To combat these statistics, we believe in providing all students with reading intervention and many other specialized services – all at no cost to our families. 

Synia, a highly motivated, creative, and fun-loving second grader is an incredible example of the impact of this type of support. Synia loves reading fairytale stories, practicing multiplication, and creating new games on the playground with her friends. When she entered 2nd grade, she was identified as below grade level in reading. Rather than avoiding this challenge, Synia eagerly looked forward to building her skills during reading intervention with Ms. Cortner, our reading specialist. Weekly they would work together on both reading and writing. Ms. Cortner expressed, “Synia really identifies as a reader and a writer and this is huge!She will say, ‘as I reader I know I can use a strategy like chunking to help me.’ Each time she finished a book you could see her confidence grow.”

Today, Synia can proudly show each and every reading strategy she uses to conquer one book after another. This past April, Synia graduated from individualized reading intervention, moved up nine levels in reading, and is now on level for second grade. 

In order to continue to provide this extraordinary level of support for our students, we must meet our fiscal year fundraising goal. Thanks to generous funding support from our corporate partners at Emerson, Maritz, and Ameren Corporation, we are closer than ever to meeting our goal for our support services needs. Next year, we will hit our next major milestone – opening fourth grade. Your support will allow us to continue to expand and grow The Biome School Community.

Your contribution will help our current students lay the groundwork for their future success and strengthen our community. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at or by calling (314) 696-2561.