Grounded in a respect for all individuals as learners, a belief that all children are special, and the firm conviction that the unique gifts of each child can be nurtured and advanced, the Academy’s Resource Learning Center has been empowering students since 1991. The program began with the vision of Sister Elizabeth McCoy who dreamed of a resource center that would meet the needs of all of the students entrusted to our care as they journeyed from our preschool, through elementary school, and to middle school and junior high. She recognized that as a Handmaid school which celebrates diversity, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy’s appreciation of diversity should not only include cultural and ethnic differences, but also a diversity of learning styles, aptitudes, and needs. Compassion, creativity, and confidentiality are the pillars of this environment with skilled professionals who live out the school’s mission.
Today, the Resource Learning Center specialists provide support to students through individual and small group instruction in reading, math, language arts, organizational/study skills, and counseling. Our team of nine dedicated specialists assists teachers in meeting the needs of all students through individualized instructional strategy planning and the design of accommodations.
Our Resource Learning specialists devise individualized action plans for students and organize team meetings with teachers and parents to maximize student growth and development. Recognizing the unique value of each child, the right to learn, and the right to respectful tasks, the skilled professionals of the Academy’s Resource Learning Center embody Saint Raphaela Mary’s call to educate “with love and for love,” igniting curiosity and passing on a love of learning to all students.
Ancillae’s Resource Learning Center serves students with diagnosed mild learning differences in reading, writing, spelling, and/or math skills, attention issues, organizational difficulties, or processing problems. While the Academy is able to provide some educational supports to students with mild learning differences, other students may require more intensive special education programming pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which is not available at Ancillae but is provided through enrollment and attendance in a public school district.