An academic resource for students to help identify their unique learning styles/needs.
Services at the LSC
The Learning Strategies Center offers a wide range of services that support students in maximizing their educational experiences, depending on their particular needs. Its overarching purpose is to empower students for a lifetime by helping them truly understand how they learn. For students with diagnosed and documented conditions that impact learning, the additional goal is to teach them how to play to their strengths, shore up their weaknesses, and effectively advocate for themselves in different learning settings.
Faces of Neurodiversity, 2018-2019
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The Academic Accommodations Program
Students who access accommodations through a formal learning plan at LWHS participate in a multi-year, scaffolded, student-centered process designed to help them internalize a deep understanding of their own learning style, increase awareness of their own internal resources, set appropriate forward-looking goals, and develop the confidence and skills in self-advocacy that they will need to flourish in college and beyond.
Academic Accommodations Four-Year Program Progression
Throughout their years at LWHS, students who engage the program work with the LSC staff (and Counselor, in the case of mental health disorders), on an individualized basis to problem-solve, develop new strategies, and access accommodations and support.
Below is an overview of what the program looks like when students begin in 9th grade. Students who first request academic accommodations later in their high school years will work with the LSC staff to adapt the process accordingly.
Students who have diagnoses of neurodiversity will work with the LSC staff, and students who have mental health diagnoses will work with both the LSC staff and the Counseling Department. Students with some temporary medical disabilities (broken arm, concussion, etc.) or permanent medical disabilities (diabetes, etc.) typically work with the grade-level dean to set up an accommodations plan.
As 9th graders, the student meets with LSC staff (and Counselor, when applicable) as early as possible to compose their Learning Profile Document. Once this is complete, a meeting is held with their parent/guardian(s) and all of their teachers, at which the LSC staff explains the student’s strengths and cognitive weaknesses, and how they can be best supported in the classroom. When a mental health challenge is involved, a Counselor may participate in the meeting as well.
In the beginning of 10th grade, the student meets with the LSC staff to create an outline of this same information, which the student will--after rehearsing extensively with the LSC staff (and Counselor, when applicable)--present to their teachers in their sophomore LP meeting. The preparation for this meeting includes a process of goal-setting and metacognitive reflection which enables students to be strategic about identifying tools to help increase academic efficiency.
11th graders meet again with LSC staff (and Counselor, when applicable) to compose their Personal Learning Profile (PLP), which outlines their personal and cognitive strengths, their cognitive weaknesses, and describes the accommodations they will be using in their classrooms and on tests. During this process, they set new goals for the coming year, and reflect on their progress toward graduation and college. At this point, having heard, then spoken, then written the information contained in their Learning Profile, students have developed a deep understanding of their own cognitive styles.
In 12th grade, seniors update their PLPs with the LSC staff (and Counselor, when applicable), set new goals, and come away with a document which can inform both the college application process and the accommodations they access in the colleges that they eventually attend.
The LWHS Peer Tutoring Program is coordinated through the LSC. Any student who needs extra support in a particular subject can be paired with another student in the same discipline. Please email the Peer Tutoring Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Centrally located in the main building, the LSC can be found in the lavender rooms near the Math office hallway.
BAISLD Resource Guide
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A resource guide for parents and educators to help 'neuro-diverse' 8th grade students with the transition to high school.
Lick-Wilmerding High School
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A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.