Our Programs

Reading Roots


Reading Roots: Reading Roots 4th Edition is a ninety-minute comprehensive program that targets the needs of beginning readers. Reading Roots is a research-based beginning-reading program that provides a strong base for successful reading through systematic phonics instruction supported by decodable stories, along with instruction in fluency and comprehension. Reading Roots also fosters students’ love of reading by providing rich literature experiences, extensive oral-language development, and thematically focused writing instruction. These objectives are embedded in a fast-paced, engaging, and highly effective instructional process. Students are assessed and regrouped according to their reading level every quarter to ensure that they receive the most focused instruction. Reading Roots is built around forty-eight lessons. Separated into four levels, it supports concept development in oral-language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, word skills, fluency, and writing. Second and third grade nonreaders can be regrouped into Reading Roots classes.  Reading Roots provides a strong base for successful reading due to its emphasis on systematic phonics instruction through FastTrack Phonics. This phonics instruction is supported by decodable stories, and instruction in fluency and comprehension.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The teachers and staff at Great Lakes Academy stand TOGETHER against racism and police brutality.

We embrace, as a school community, the continued important conversations that surround all the issues we are currently facing.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


46312 Woodward Ave. Pontiac, MI 48342 ▪ Phone: 248‑334‑6434 ▪ Fax: 248‑334‑6457