Learning Support

Lawrence Academy acknowledges that each student is unique and learns differently, with their own academic passions and needs.

We fulfill our mission of recognizing, inspiring, supporting, and empowering our students through our Learning Support program. At Lawrence, we understand and celebrate our community of diverse learners. Since 2005, we have offered a Learning Support program to assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in our classrooms. The program is available to students our faculty identified as needing support (approximately 25% of our population) and others who would benefit from it.

"Learning Coaching is not only tailored to support your specific needs, it also encourages you to be your very best self. It's about empowering you with personalized guidance and the belief in your own abilities."

Lauren Sopp, Class of 2025

Our Learning Support program provides individualized sessions with a learning coach. These coaches are full or part-time faculty members who work within the academic program. The sessions occur once or twice weekly, depending on the student's needs. Each session lasts 35 minutes and focuses on assessing specific student needs and teaching them skills and strategies to help them succeed in the classroom. Typical areas of focus include:

  • reviewing directions and expectations or assignments
  • organization of materials
  • planning of assignments
  • time management
  • reading comprehension
  • written expression
  • study skills
  • self-advocacy skills
  • taking notes
  • reviewing teacher feedback
  • test prep

The goal of LA's Learning Support program is for students to internalize what they learn in their sessions and become independent learners. The program is meant to be transitional and lead to independence; it aims to have students work their way out of it through demonstrated success.

Costs for Learning Support 2023-2024

Term Once per week (on average) Twice per week (on average)
Fall Term (10 weeks) $1,375 $2,750
Winter Term (12 weeks) $1,500 $3,000
Spring Term (10 weeks) $1,000 $2,000

Meet the Team

Christine Torigian

Christine Torigian

Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs
Jen McAleer

Jen McAleer

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs: Director of Learning Support
Abby Boucher-Lavigne

Abby Boucher-Lavigne

Learning Support
Heather Hooven

Heather Hooven

Learning Specialist
Robert Gilmore

Robert Gilmore

History Teacher
Natasha Huggins

Natasha Huggins

History, Learning Coach
John Mohrbacher

John Mohrbacher

Learning Coach
Kimberly Poulin

Kimberly Poulin

Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Community Engagement
Mia Ritter

Mia Ritter

Associate Director of College Counseling and Testing Coordinator
Michael Stoops

Michael Stoops

Math Teacher
Anna Jarnryd

Anna Jarnryd

Learning Specialist

How can we help?

Do you have questions about our Learning Support program? No problem! Please reach out to our Academic Office for assistance.

Email: academics@lacademy.edu

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