Oak Hall’s Teaching and Learning Center is dedicated to supporting the academic success of all students at our school from 3-year-old Preschool – Grade 12.
Learning Support is a service offered through the Teaching and Learning Center by a learning specialist. A learning specialist works one-on-one with Oak Hall students to support their individual learning needs and academic goals. For students with learning differences, mental health diagnoses, physical impairments, or other temporary hardships, a learning specialist is an incredible resource for ensuring their academic success. Learning Support is offered inside the classroom for Lower School and is available in the Teaching and Learning Center for Middle and Upper School students.
The primary support provided to all students includes:
- Study strategies
- Note-taking methods
- Time management skills
- Organization techniques
- Accountability and advocacy practice
Frequently Asked Questions
Who uses the Teaching & Learning Center?
- Have mild to moderate learning differences
- Are demonstrating a gap between their academic performance and cognitive ability
- Seek a deeper understanding of how they learn
- Have questions about what strategies support their individual learning needs
- Want to learn executive functioning, organizational, and time management skills
- Need enrichment to be challenged in the classroom
Administrators, faculty, and families also utilize the center’s resources to learn strategies and approaches for personalized academic support for those with identified academic barriers.
What accommodations are available?
Accommodations provided through the center are reasonable and appropriate as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. All accommodations may not be appropriate for all students based on their development, diagnosis, or individual needs, so it is important to work closely with the student’s learning specialist to create an Accommodation Plan.
The School is unable to provide students with every requested accommodation, including accommodations that may be recommended as part of a psychological evaluation. There may be accommodations that a student would qualify to receive in a public school that they will not be able to receive at Oak Hall. A student with a disability does not have an individual right to receive some or all the special education and related services that the child would receive if enrolled in a public school under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
We encourage parents to speak to our Learning Specialists for more information about what accommodations the School can and cannot provide.
What does reasonable and appropriate accommodations mean for a student?
Reasonable and appropriate accommodations are supports put in place for a student to address academic barriers they may experience related to a diagnosis. We consider accommodations to be supports that “level the playing field” and provide equitable opportunities. Accommodations are not modifications to the curriculum and must be reasonable for the school to provide. Appropriate accommodations may be coordinated with cooperating teachers, students, and families through the Learning Center to meet the individual needs of each student with an appropriately documented disability.
Is my child eligible for accommodations?
Reasonable and appropriate accommodations can be provided to any student who has a documented learning difference, social or emotional distress, or physical impairment. Please reach out to your child’s division learning specialist if you anticipate needing accommodations or want to discuss available support.
Who do I contact regarding my child’s eligibility for accommodations?
For specific questions regarding your child’s eligibility or what accommodations are available, please contact the Teaching and learning specialist for your child’s division.
ECLC Learning Specialist: Lizzy Coker
Lower School Learning Specialist: Robin Kelleher
Middle School Learning Specialist: Julie Black
Upper School Learning Specialist: Paul Mucci
Director of Learning Support: Amanda Metzler