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Defining Learner Services

 

As an independent, private, Christian, college-preparatory school, LRCA strives to meet the needs of whole families. Learner Services provides support for students in the regular classroom. We provide limited accommodations for qualifying students, but do not follow public school IEPs/504 plans. We generate our own accommodation plans based on what we feel we can reasonably provide at LRCA.

 

What Learner Services does:

  • Provides organizational tools and encouragement

  • Teaches and reinforces study skills

  • Works as an educational team with families and classroom teachers

  • Provides accommodations through accommodation plans, based on the needs of individual students

  • Equips students to take responsibility for their learning

 

Admission to Learner Services:

  • Referral is made by parent, teacher or student (grades 6 and above) and must be agreed upon by parent.

  • In grades 1-3, no testing is required.

  • In grades 4-5, no testing is required, but if a student has been enrolled in LS for more than 2 years, testing may be recommended to the family.

  • In grades 6 and above, students must have a diagnosed Learning Disability in order to enroll in Academic Guidance. Accommodations are provided for students with a diagnosis of ADHD if desired. For students with an Anxiety diagnosis, enrollment in Academic Guidance is evaluated on a case by case basis and as openings allow.

 

***Exceptions may be made to these policies by the Director of Learner Services

 

Please contact Andrea Ragsdale, Director of Learner Services if you have any questions regarding our program.

 

What services are available in each grade?

Learner Services supports students in the regular classroom in grades K-5. This support is implemented in a variety of ways, depending on grade level. Students in grades 6-10 are serviced through a scheduled study hall. Students in grades 11-12 are given the option of being served via a scheduled study hall. All accommodations are determined by the LS team and Director of Learner Services. Our goal is to move students towards independence to the best of their ability.

Elementary

 

Elementary Learner Services and Fees:

 

Elementary Learner Services is primarily a service to provide intervention in the early years. Our goal is to help students get up to speed, or at least close the gap, in areas of deficit. We do not diagnose students with any disability or learning difference but may recommend testing based on observations in the classroom or in small group work. Intervention may or may not include the work being completed in the regular classroom. Students will either be pulled out from the regular classroom or pulled over to receive services. Fees range from $200 to $270 depending on the services requested. More detailed information is available from Andrea Ragsdale, our  Director of Learner Services.

 

Language Therapy is also available for those students who require more in depth intervention. Rates range from $315-$600 a month (plus supply fees) depending on if a family elects for small group or private therapy.

 

Grade 1

Learner Services focuses on intervention for reading skills through a small group utilizing a combination of several Orton Gillingham based approaches. Students are pulled out of the classroom for support.

 

Grade 2

Learner Services provides intervention for both reading and math. Students are pulled out of the classroom for reading support. Students may be serviced in or out of the classroom for math.

 

Grades 3-4

Learner Services works with the classroom teacher to provide support either in the regular classroom or as a pull out service, depending on the subject and content of the lesson. Emphasis is on supporting students with classroom assignments, not intervention. If a student continues to show deficits, testing may be recommended.

Middle School/Junior High

Middle School and Junior High Learner Services and Fees:

 

Fees vary from $46 to $270 a month depending on the services requested for an individual student.

 

Grade 5

Learner Services supports students in the Language Arts classroom during the day by assisting with classwork. These students are eligible to be pulled out for testing accommodations in Language Arts, History, and Science as needed.

A morning math class is available for those students who need support in Math. Morning Math meets Monday through Thursday at 7:30 am. During that time, deficit skills are reviewed and new material is pre-taught to prepare students for upcoming math concepts.

A 40 minute study hall called GROW is  another option available in fifth grade. This time is used to work on test preparation and organization and takes the place of one elective.

 

Grades 6-8

Beginning in sixth grade, students must have current documentation of a diagnosed learning disability to participate in Academic Guidance, our Learner Services study hall. Those students whose only diagnosis is ADHD or Anxiety are still eligible to receive accommodations in the regular classroom as well as take tests and quizzes in our Testing Center. Fees range from $46 to $270 depending on the services requested for a student.

 

There are three levels of service provided in these grades:

  1. Accommodation Only (AO): These students receive accommodations in the regular classroom.

  2. Tests, Quizzes, and Accommodations (TQ&A): These students may elect to take tests and quizzes in the Testing Center with extended time as well as receive accommodations in the regular classroom.

  3. Academic Guidance: These students have a guided study hall in place of one of their electives. During this time, students focus on test preparation and organization. Typical class size is 4:1 and is 80 minutes in length. Additionally, students may elect to take tests and quizzes in the Testing Center with extended time as well have accommodations in the regular classroom.

 

Morning Math is available for an additional fee. It meets Monday through Thursday from 7:35-8:05. Emphasis is on pre-teaching upcoming concepts to allow students additional time to process new information as well providing small group opportunities to have material presented another way when needed.


 

High School

High School 9-12th Grade Learner Services:

 

Beginning in sixth grade, students must have current documentation of a diagnosed learning disability to participate in Academic Guidance, our Learner Services study hall. Those students whose only diagnosis is ADHD or Anxiety are still eligible to receive accommodations in the regular classroom as well as take tests and quizzes in our Testing Center. Fees range from $46 to $200 a month depending on the services requested for a student.

 

All students who have a diagnosed Learning Disability are encouraged to participate in Learner Services by maintaining an accommodation plan each year, even if they do not utilize additional services, in order to keep their paper trail active in case they elect to apply for standardized testing accommodations. Typically testing must be within three years to be considered current but there are occasional exceptions. If a student has questions concerning their testing dates, please contact Andrea Ragsdale for guidance on when they should update testing.

 

There are three levels of service provided in these grades:

  1. Accommodation Only (AO): These students receive accommodations in the regular classroom.

  2. Tests, Quizzes, and Accommodations (TQ&A): These students may elect to take tests and quizzes in the Testing Center with extended time as well as receive accommodations in the regular classroom.

  3. Academic Guidance: These students have a guided study hall in place of one of their electives. During this time, students focus on test preparation and organization. Typical class size is 4:1 and is 80 minutes in length. Additionally, students may elect to take tests and quizzes in the Testing Center with extended time as well have accommodations in the regular classroom.

 

Grades 11-12

Students in 11th-12th grades who elect to be in Academic Guidance are assigned to a regular study hall and may elect to come to the Learner Services room during this time as needed. By allowing for this autonomy this is one way we encourage students to become self-advocates and to move towards more independence in preparation for college.