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Lower School Learning Support

At the elementary school level, children are developing foundational academic skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime. Our Learning Specialist works closely with teaching teams to regularly monitor student growth in language, math, and fine motor skills so that students who may need support are identified early and provided with intervention when it will be most effective. The Learning Specialist administers student screenings, provides small group remediation (in reading, spelling and writing), and ensures the provision of classroom accommodations. Referrals are also made to outside specialists when further testing or specialized intervention is recommended. It is our goal to partner with families so that the students’ academic and social emotional needs are always at the forefront. Regular communication and collaborative team meetings help to develop plans for success as a student progresses through the grades.

Early Reading Intervention

In grades K-3, small group intervention in early reading may be suggested by the teachers and is provided by the LS Learning Specialist for a short term duration (up to 6 weeks). The Learning Specialist will then decide if ongoing support and/or further evaluation is recommended. If a learning difference or reading disorder is diagnosed by an approved provider, then the student would be eligible to waive Spanish and could be enrolled in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) for a nominal fee.

LRC Support

The LRC program is a fee based service ($50 per session) and families are billed by the school in November and March.The LRC program provides specialized academic support with the LS Learning Specialist. Students in the LRC program receive academic support two times per week during Spanish based on their eligibility to waive a foreign language.

Tutoring

All tutors who hold sessions on campus must have a current TB and LiveScan clearance approval from the school before meeting with students. Private tutoring referrals for all K-5 grade levels are provided by the Learning Specialist to families who request them. Availability of private tutors on certain days/times is not guaranteed. Private tutors must inform the Learning Specialist of their schedules with students, including any changes made during the course of the school year.

If you have further questions, please contact Katie Ryan, Lower School Learning Specialist.