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Learning Support

SHS is committed to providing a supportive academic environment that enables all students to achieve maximum scholastic potential. As each student develops and learns at an individual pace, we recognize that many may benefit from supplemental coaching in order to set and achieve personal academic goals, more closely review classroom material and prepare for exams, devise or improve study skills and strategies, manage time more effectively, and determine the need for any accommodation in the classroom.

Partnering with students, teachers, and family members, the learning support staff at both the LMS and SHP take a collaborative approach, with a goal to promote student self-esteem and a positive attitude toward learning and the learning process. Working in a one-to-one setting with specialists, students increasingly gain self-awareness, self-motivation, and become self-advocates for their own education.

P-8 Program

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  • Preschool - Grade 8

    The P-8 program at SHS is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that enables all students to achieve maximum academic, social, and emotional potential. Partnering with students, teachers, and school counselors, the learning support staff takes a collaborative approach to cultivating the whole child and providing high quality opportunities for enriched learning in the classroom.

    We recognize that each student develops and learns as an individual, and that some students may benefit from supplemental assistance, resources, and strategies specifically designed to best meet their unique needs. In cooperation with parents and teachers, the learning support team advocates for students and develops intervention as needed in order for students to achieve their optimal potential.

    The learning support team strives for positive outcomes in which students increasingly gain self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-motivation, and become self-advocates for their own education.

P-5 Resources

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  • P-5 Resources

    The P-5 Learning Services team provides support both within and outside of the classroom. Our approach stems from targeted benchmark assessments, academic screening tools, teacher observations, and parent input. Based on collected data, appropriate interventions are developed for a specified amount of time. Following the intervention, the team evaluates efficacy of the support. Outcomes from this evaluation may include: transition out of intervention, continued intervention, or recommendations for external support and/or further assessment.

    *The general classroom teacher is the initial point of contact for any student’s involvement in Learning Services.

MS Resources

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    The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) provides a range of academic-related support for middle school students with the goal of helping each student reach his or her fullest potential. The TLC works with students, parents, and faculty to develop a diverse array of instructional strategies and programs that address different learning needs.

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    Middle School 101 (MS101) is a course designed to provide all middle school students with a strong organizational and study skills foundation. Students participate in multiple sessions at the beginning of each school year. These are reinforced with additional classes throughout the year, co-taught by learning specialists and core class teachers. Topics include organization of materials and electronic files, time-management, note-taking, and study strategies.
  • Go! Get Organized

    GO! (Get Organized) provides one-on-one coaching for any middle school student needing support with time management, use of a personal planner, organization of binder/backpack or electronic files, setting teacher meeting agendas, and creating an action plan for improvement in a specific class. Coaching sessions are available on campus after school.
  • Testing Center

    The Middle School Testing Center seeks to provide a quiet testing environment for any student needing to make up tests or use his or her extended time accommodation. The Testing Center is open every day after school.
  • Jump Start

    Jump Start is a summer program, co-sponsored by the TLC and Office of Admissions, which aims to simplify and ease the transition to Sacred Heart Middle School. Participating students have the opportunity to work with Sacred Heart faculty, get comfortable on campus, and come to know a small group of their classmates prior to the start of school. In addition, the program provides targeted support in three academic domains critical to middle school success: organization and study strategies, reading for understanding, and writing with focus and purpose.
  • Academic Skills Course

    The Academic Skills Course (ASC) is a class for students with documented learning differences who require intensive small group support. The course allows students to learn and practice effective study strategies and executive functioning skills to support their academic and personal growth. The goals of this course are to provide essential skills for success in a rigorous academic environment, to foster independence, confidence, and self-advocacy, and to build awareness of students' unique talents and abilities.

    The ASC curriculum is designed around four content areas: Personal Growth and Development, Organization and Time Management, Study Strategies, and Foundational Literacy. All skills taught and practiced are applied to core class work. The course is held in lieu of a World Language.


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  • Academic Support Center (ASC)

    The SHP Academic Support Center (ASC) provides dedicated learning support for students with mild to moderate learning differences in grades 9-12, their families, and SHP faculty to ensure the academic success of each student throughout high school and in preparation for the transition to college. Overseen by the AP of Academic Life, the ASC is open daily and staffed by a dedicated team of six including: two administrator instructors, a board-certified educational therapist, learning specialists and subject matter faculty. The ASC faculty are an essential resource for students, applying all available tools and strategies to assist with:
    • academic goal-setting and counseling
    • subject tutoring
    • development of effective study skills and habits
    • organization, planning, and prioritizing
    • time management
    • memory and test-taking strategies

    The ASC also coordinates accommodations for on-campus and College Board testing, for students with verified learning differences.
  • Counseling & Advising

    The Department of Counseling & Advising is staffed with a team of six: one director / school counselor, four school counselors/advisors and a personal counselor (therapist). Each student is assigned to an School Counselor who oversees the student’s academic progress. The primary role of the School Counselor is to help students reach their academic potential and plan a course of studies that fulfills their graduation requirements. The counselor has access to the student’s on-line grades, reviews all report cards, and consults with students who are having difficulty. School Counselors work with students on course selection and scheduling, skills building, tutoring resources, extended absences, and conflicts with teachers. Since Sacred Heart believes so strongly in the concept of the "whole child", School Counselors work closely with other support personnel at the school in attending to the student’s needs.

LS Contact

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    Melissa Fedoronko 

    Director of Learning Services - PSK/Lower School

MS Contacts

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    Mary Hurlbut 

    Learning Specialist - MS
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    Rhiannon Sigalet 

    Director of Learning Services - Middle School

SHP Contacts

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    Armando del Rio 

    Director of ASC
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    Anna McDonald Ed.D., ET/P 

    Educational Therapist - SHP
  • Photo of Laura Stoll

    Laura Stoll 

    Director of Counseling & Advising - SHP
Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12