When students understand how they learn best, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
We recognize and celebrate that each student is unique and learns differently. With small classes and attention to every student, we are able to individualize learning and teach to each student’s strengths.
For students with diagnosed learning differences, our trailblazing, nationally recognized Learning Center works with students of all ages to develop tools together that help them, not merely handle the rigors of our program, but excel. Our students become confident self-advocates.
In the Lower School, the Learning Center addresses emerging learning differences for students in JK through sixth grade. Learning specialists work with students both in their classrooms and in small groups in the Learning Center. The amount of support provided is tailored to the needs of each student, with close collaboration between homeroom teachers and specials teachers at the heart of the support. Learning specialists partner with teachers to implement accommodation plans for students with learning differences. The Learning Center provides consultations for teachers to help support various learning styles in the classroom.
In the Middle School, the Learning Center supports students with documented learning differences. The program provides support to students in academics, organization and time management, and parallels the developmental growth that occurs during these crucial years. Each student who receives direct support from the Learning Center is assigned to a learning specialist who serves as his/her academic coach. Students meet with their coaches on a regularly scheduled basis for one-on-one, 25 to 30-minute sessions, which take place during elective periods.
When not working directly with a learning specialist in a coaching session, Middle School students who use the Learning Center attend a study session. Held in classrooms and staffed by a classroom teacher, students receive structure and academic support to help them complete the action steps they have identified.
Learning support is available to Upper School students with documented learning differences that impact their academic progress.
Each Upper School student who receives direct support from the Learning Center is assigned to a learning specialist who serves as his/her academic coach. Students meet with their coaches on a regularly scheduled basis for one-to-one 30-minute sessions, which take place during free periods. While the focus of coaching is primarily academic, it weaves in other commitments Upper School students have, such as athletics, fine arts, and service learning. Updates on goals and action steps are emailed to students and parents from the learning specialists once every quarter.
Study sessions are available to all Upper School students, whether or not they use the Learning Center. Students receive structure and academic support in a classroom setting to help them complete the action steps they have identified.