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The Reading Center 
847 5th St NW, Rochester, MN  

23rd Best of Basics (BoB) Summer Program

A Different Approach to Summer School!

July 10-August 4, 2017 

What is Best of Basics?

Our 23rd summer Best of Basics program runs July 10-August 4, 2017.

All of our instructors are specially trained in the multisensory Orton-Gillingham approach we are expert at. Grounded in scientifically-based research, the Orton-Gillingham approach is recognized throughout the reading research community as an effective intervention. This approach helps students in a way a regular summer school program would not.

  • Multisensory instruction by specially-trained teachers that has proven exceptionally effective for students of all ages.
  • A small group learning environment with students of like skills (average 4-6 students)
  • Review & reinforcement of vital, foundational skills to help prevent the summer slide
  • A boost for students before school resumes
  • A short pre-screening to determine skill level for each student.
  • Option to purchase ten 1:1 tutoring sessions at a discount.
  • New this year - several options for online courses!

Best of Basics provide the best tools to lay a basic foundation for lifelong abilities in reading, spelling, writing, math and study skills.

Reading Club - for students age 4 to those entering kindergarten AND  a personally connected adult

Elementary Classes - for students entering 1-5th grade

  • Class options include: small group Language Arts, small group Math, and 1:1 Language Arts or Math

Secondary Classes - for students entering 6-12th grade

  • Class options for in person or onlline include: Study Skills, Writing, and 1:1 Language Arts or Math

Download our Flyer for more Information**

Please note the time for Writing (in person) has been changed to 1-2:45pm

Other Details:

  • Tuition covers the class, pre-screen session, and course materials.
  • Full payment for classes is due at the time of registration online, or at the prescreening session if registering by paper form.  
  • If you wish to set up a payment plan, please contact our bookkeeper, Gade Grinnell at 507-288-5271.
  • Partial scholarships are available for qualified families on a first-come, first-served basis.  See our website for a scholarship application.  If you are applying for a scholarship to attend, please register via paper form and include the completed scholarship application.  Paper registration available here.
  • Each child requires a separate registration, and will receive a separate confirmation email.
  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for each class registration received after Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • The Reading Center reserves the right to cancel (and refund tuition) for classes if too few registrations are received.
  • Registration will close on Friday, June 30, 2017.

WHEN:    July 10-August 4, 2017.  Our classes are held at various times and dates - see registration page for details.


  • Our Pre-K to 5 classes will be held at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 25th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN.  Please do not call the church with questions, call The Reading Center at 507-288-5271.
  • Our Grades 6-12 classes will held at a Rochester, MN location TBD
  • Online courses/tutoring require students to have a headset, high-speed Internet, laptop/computer with microphone and camera, access to a printer to print worksheets, and a quiet work environment.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

$1000 Level

$500 Level

  • Premier Banks
  • Rochester Commercial Banks Association


  • Johnson Printing
  • Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church