Learning Support Services
We want every student to succeed in Eastside Catholic’s academically challenging environment. Therefore, we offer several structured programs for students who may need additional learning support.
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) program offers help for students who need temporary support. Students may enroll in one semester of study skills and/or meet with an Academic Mentor to help them plan for and achieve academic success. ACE has a particular focus on helping students with Executive Functioning challenges.
Some examples of why a student might access the ACE program may include: a student who has sustained a concussion, a personal situation that impacts schooling or a difficult schedule, among others. Referrals to ACE usually come from counselors or teachers who identify students who are not in Academic Resources or Academic Mentoring, but need additional support.
The Academic Resources program supports high school students with documented learning disabilities. Students learn various methods to enhance their study skills and academic preparation, with particular emphasis on understanding their learning styles, organization, note taking, memory strategies, test taking, the use of relevant technology and self-advocacy to ensure full participation in our academic program. Specific accommodations are granted after a review of recent diagnostic education testing and/or other relevant physical health information by a licensed professional healthcare provider.
Our Academic Mentoring program is available on a limited basis only to eligible and pre-qualified students.
Eligible students in this program are assigned an academic mentor who provides assistance and academic support through regularly scheduled meetings. The student and mentor jointly determine the frequency and focus of the meetings, making for a completely custom experience for each student.
No two programs are identical because the coaches provide individualized attention based on each student’s needs. Some examples of coaching may include: strategies for goal setting, time management, organization, planner usage, review of accommodations and more. Mentoring also provides encouragement to meet with appropriate teachers for additional support.
The mentor initially serves as an advocate for the student, with a gradual shift in emphasis as the student learns to become a self-advocate. The goal is for students to become strong self-advocates and empowered to be in control of their own academic journey.