Lawrence Academy recognizes that all students learn differently and have a variety of academic passions and needs. To that end, LA has programs in place to help students work toward their potential. For most students, the primary source of learning support comes from individual attention from their teachers; time is set aside in the schedule for students to meet with teachers to ask questions and review lessons. For students who need assistance beyond what their teacher can provide, however, LA offers programming to enrich student learning.
Evening Academic Center
The center is staffed by LA faculty members four nights a week from 7-10 PM. In addition, the center offers additional math support on Monday evenings from 5:30-7 PM. Students can ask for help understanding an assignment, completing homework, preparing for an assessment, writing a paper, or reviewing the content of a course. Each night, the center is staffed with a math or science teacher and a humanities-based teacher to field a broad range of questions. No appointment is necessary.
Learning coaching is a 1:1 program scheduled once or twice a week in areas including reading, writing, mathematics, planning, time-management and/or organization. Learning coaches help students study strategies in the context of their coursework with the goal of ultimately getting them to become more independent. Learning coaching can be added or dropped at the end of a term and learning coaching fees are not included in the cost of tuition. For more information, and to register, please read the Coaching Description and refer to the 2020-2021 Coaching Policies and Fees form. To register to work with a learning coach, click here.
A complete documentation policy for how to qualify for accommodations is below. In general, a student needs to have a current evaluation (within three years) that includes achievement and cognitive testing as well as a clear diagnosis of a learning disability or disorder. The specific accommodation(s) must be included within the evaluation or within a current written learning plan (i.e., IEP, 504 Plan, or learning profile at an independent school) and must be offered at LA.
For qualified individuals, the following seven accommodations are available at LA:
• 50 percent extended time for in-class quizzes, tests, and exams.
• Small-group setting for assessments (i.e. final end-of-term written exams).
• Use of a calculator (according to the math department policy).
• No penalty for spelling errors when spell check cannot be used (foreign language exception: unless the correct spelling is an essential element for the exercise).
• Use of a computer for written expression tasks, including assessments.
• Use of audiobooks/digital text and/or text-to-speech software (i.e. Kurzweil) to access information from books, handouts, assessments, and other text material.
• Language waiver (see below for full policy).
In addition, for students to receive accommodations at LA the student's situation needs to fit the guidelines in our documentation policy. All documentation must be received by July 1 in order to assure a smooth transition. In addition, a disclosure form must be completed in order for this process to begin. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Cindy Blood, the director of Learning Support (978)-448-1581.
A learning profile is a one-page summary of a student’s strengths and challenges as a learner; recommendations made by a licensed evaluator, and accommodations for which a student qualifies at LA. It offers teachers information about how to best serve their students’ needs. LA does not follow IEPs or 504 Plans. Documentation required for a learning profile is the same as is required to qualify for accommodations. After enrolling at LA, a family needs to sign a disclosure form giving LA permission to share the evaluation results, write a learning profile, and grant accommodations. This will not happen automatically. The disclosure form is available above.
Learning Support Brochure
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