As part of the system’s comprehensive pupil services program, St. Mary Catholic Middle School has a learning specialist on staff. This professional’s responsibility is to ensure that each student receives the educational assistance necessary to achieve to the best of his or her ability. Using differentiated instruction strategies and working with classroom teachers, the learning specialist helps to create situations in which individuals can learn best. Students benefit from alternative approaches to instruction and modified lesson plans and assessment tools, supplementary materials and new learning strategies.
Students are referred in cooperation with family, teachers and administration, and may work with the learning specialist in one or multiple academic areas.