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

25th Best of Basics (BoB) Summer Program

A Different Approach to Summer School!

July 8 - August 2, 2019 

What is Best of Basics?

Our 25th summer Best of Basics program runs July 8-August 2, 2019.

Our annual Best of Basics Summer Program helps students in a way that a regular summer school cannot. We welcome students - those with learning and attention difficulties as well as those looking to prevent the summer slide. Our small group classes and one-on-one options focus on building skills using the multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Note: If you'd like to learn more about this program, please attend  our open house on Monday, April 29 from 4-6pm.

Best of Basics includes:

  • 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.
  • Several online options!


  • Our Pre-K to 5th grade 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 be held at The Reading Center.
  • The one-on-one sessions will be scheduled with the assigned tutor and can be conducted online.

Early Childhood Classes - for 4-6 year olds and a parent/caregiver

DATES: Part 1: July 15-19 & Part 2: July 22-26

TIME: 9-10am OR 10:15-11:15am

COST: $150 per session for both parent/child

This is a parent-child team class. During each one week class parents will learn activities to strengthen and support the skills needed to read. To take Part 2, must have attended Part 1 or have pre-approval.

Elementary Students

Small Group Language Arts (students entering 1st-5th grade): Focuses on spelling rules, logic of our language, reading and comprehension.

  •  $325 for four week class (20 classes total)
  • July 8-August 2
  • Offered 9-10am or 10:15-11:15am

Small Group Math (students entering 2nd to 5th grade): Review/mastery of facts, concepts, calculations, vocabulary and problem solving.

  • $325 for four week class (20 classes total)
  • July 8-August 2
  • Offered 9-10am or 10:15-11:15am.

 TEN One-On-One Math or Language Arts sessions

  • $425 for 10 one-hour sessions in person or online
  • Sessions can be online for students entering 4th grade or older. 
  • Note: the 10 sessions must be scheduled within 3-4 consecutive weeks during the summer. 

Secondary Students 

Small Group Study Skills & Reading Comprehension (students entering grades 6-12): Focuses on time management, materials and ideas, as well as practice newly taught skills in order to build toward school success.

  • $275 for two week  class
  • July 8-19
  • Offered 1-2:30pm, 2:45-4:15pm or online TBD

Small Group Grammar (students entering grades 6-10): Focuses on developing strategies to strengthen writing skills, sentence types and structure, brainstorming, organizing ideas, and writing these ideas onto paper.

  • $275 for two week  class
  • July 22-August 2
  • Offered 1-2:30pm

TEN One-On-One Sessions: focus on Language Arts, Math, Study Skills & Reading Comprehension or Grammar (pick one)

  • $455 for 10 one-hour sessions (please note there was a typo on our flyer. $455 is the correct price for these sessions).
  • In person or online
  • Note: the 10 sessions must be scheduled within 3-4 consecutive weeks during the summer. 

Other Details:

  • The Reading Center reserves the right to cancel classes if too few registrations are received.
  • Partial scholarships are available for qualfied families on a first-come, first served basis.  Scholarship application can be found online here.
  • See our policy for withdrawal and refund.
  • Friday, June 28 is the registration deadline.
  • Registration received after June 21 will be assessed a $50 late fee for course.
  • Students are pre-screened to determine areas of need and class placement.
  • For online courses, technical requirements include: high-speed internet service (enough bandwidth to video-stream smoothly), a USB headset with attached microphone, access to a printer.
  • 1:1 sessions must be scheduled within 3-4 consecutive weeks during summer. Time/day is arranged with assigned tutor.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Premier Banks

Rochester Commercial Banking Association