The first year of the new Learning Academy at All Saints Catholic School has had a strong start and is continuing to grow. The number of students being serviced has doubled and each student is making steady progress in learning objectives that were determined based on their individual needs.
The program uses a combination of pull-out (individual and small group instruction) and push-in teaching models as well as ongoing collaboration with regular education teachers to provide the best instruction possible for these students through modification (content, curriculum, assessment) and instructional support.
A survey of the students about their involvement in the program elicited the following comments:
" I like being in the program because it is fun, helpful and makes me feel comfortable."
" I like the program because it stresses positivity, not negativity, in everything we do and learn."
The Learning Academy at All Saints is an academic program specifically for students who have been identified (through formal educational testing) with a diagnosed mild or moderate learning disability, have an IEP and need special education services. The classroom is staffed with a full- time, certified special education teacher who is assisted by a full-time para-professional.
The Learning Academy at All Saints offers a personalized learning experience that addresses students identified disabilities. We provide target instruction in these areas while encouraging opportunities for inclusion and social development. The program helps develop self-esteem, confidence and basic academic skills, with a goal of returning students to the mainstream classroom.
"We are so very excited to enter into our second year with this program," said Principal Linda Dunn. "Previously, these students were referred to the public school since our school was unable to serve their specific needs. Now by offering those services allows those children to remain with us and helps us to fulfill our mission to meet the needs of all of God's children."