Center for Learning Advancement

Student Support Services
At Collegiate, we strive to foster overall student development through our academically rigorous college preparatory program. Student support services are provided in each division to help students reach their potential.

Collegiate applies a team approach to ensure all needs are met. The Center for Learning Advancement, school counselor and/or health support services coordinator collaborate with teachers and advisors to create individual learning plans that support each student.

Center for Learning Advancement
Fundamentally, Collegiate embraces the unique growth and development of every student in our community. This is evident in the daily and ongoing work of our teachers. Still, in an effort to meet every student where they are, there are times when students will need additional support and/or enrichment above and beyond what can be provided in the classroom. The Center for Learning Advancement is a critical and valuable resource that complements our classrooms and allows additional differentiation to take place in our community.

The Center for Learning Advancement (CLA) is prepared to equip every student with the essential skills for academic success. The CLA employs a combination of full and part-time instructors to provide an integrated approach to supporting students in academic areas during the school day and provide academic enrichment for students that have intellectual needs and curiosities above and beyond current curriculum.

The CLA has classrooms equipped with dedicated teachers who strive to meet every student’s unique learning needs. The CLA has two identifiable objectives:
• Provide an integrated approach to supporting students in academic areas during the school day.
• Provide academic enrichment for students that have intellectual needs and curiosities above and beyond current curriculum.

A Director of CLA and the Learning Specialists provide support during the student’s day both in the classroom and in the CLA rooms. In the Lower School, students may receive services in a small group setting within the CLA classrooms or in the homeroom. Services are designed to meet the unique learning needs of the student. In the Middle and Upper Schools, the students meet in academic labs to reinforce skills being taught in the classroom. Across all divisions, extended time for tests and completion of classwork is provided when applicable. Students also may receive strategies to strengthen time management and organizational skills.

There is no additional cost to families for receiving support services from the CLA. Thanks to several anonymous donors the CLA is an inclusive support system open to all students that demonstrate the need for additional support and/or accelerated enrichment.

Our referral process is overseen by the Director of the CLA and is teacher and team driven.

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The referral process is not parent driven but parent feedback is welcome during the early fall and winter conferences. The homeroom teacher or advisor will refer your child to the Director of the CLA if your child has demonstrated an intellectual curiosity, ability and desire to apply themselves beyond the current curriculum and program. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor if you have any questions about the referral process.

  • If a student is struggling academically, teachers observe and document academic areas of concern and implement teaching strategies to support those concerns
  • In the case that the implemented strategies are not effective, teachers may request that the CLA conduct student observations in the classroom
  • Following the classroom observation(s), the CLA will equip the student’s teachers with additional classroom strategies for teaching and learning through ongoing training and intervention tools and determine if CLA support will be beneficial
  • If additional information or student support is recommended by the CLA,  parents will be contacted by the Director of the CLA or a member of the student’s support services team to discuss an action plan which may include a recommendation to pursue psychoeducational testing
  • If a professional testing report has been received by the school, the Director of the CLA will develop an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) aligned with the recommendations made by an outside professional, observations and parent feedback. The ILP will include accommodations and strategies recommended for inside and outside the classroom. The ILP will be shared with the student’s support team and parents.

Your initial contact should be with your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor. If further action is needed, your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor may refer you to the Director of the CLA.

Individual Learning Plan

  • An Integrated Team Approach: All team members are engaged, better ensuring that academic needs are met
  • Individual Learning Plans: The Director of the CLA manages learning plans for students whose professional evaluations document learning challenges and needs
  • Academic Skill Building: Essential skill development in academic areas is the focus of a student’s academic progress
  • Accelerated Enrichment: Opportunities to expand growth during the school day inside and outside of class
  • Parent Partnership: Student Support Staff partner with parents  providing frequent communications and a deeper understanding of how their student learns

Social and Emotional Support Services

  • An Integrated Team Approach: All team members are engaged, better ensuring that both social and emotional needs are met
  • Character Education: The School Counselor teaches character education topics that include friendship development, feeling identification and expression, goal setting, healthy coping techniques, empathy training, and building independence and personal responsibility towards academic achievement and social success
  • Emotional Literacy: Emotional literacy skills that are pertinent and relevant to a child’s developmental stage are taught during regular classes with the School Counselor
  • Health and Wellness Topics: Personal safety, stress management and transition to Middle School topics are addressed in 4th and 5th grades
  • Individual Counseling Sessions: Individual counseling sessions to support children through family transitions, behavioral or developmental concerns, issues with grief and loss and other school or social problems can be held at the request of parents, students or teachers