Chesapeake Learning Center
The Chesapeake Learning Center (CLC) provides a portion of our student body with a supportive learning environment where students with diagnosed learning differences have the guided opportunity to acquire the skills and strategies necessary to reach their academic potential. CLC’s mission is to inspire students to reach their academic success through the application of individualized programming.
We believe that a learning difference is a personal uniqueness, not a disability to learning: Therefore, each student’s learning needs are just as unique. Assessment and identification of a student’s learning profile is crucial to determine the most effective and efficient interventions and methods of teaching that are particular to that student’s learning needs. Learning is a cyclic process, not a destination. Students need to “learn how to learn.” Empowering students with the proper tools, guided practice, and opportunities to apply these tools greatly enhances their potential for academic success.
At West Nottingham Academy, we develop an individualized Student Learning Program (SLP) based upon current documented student learning strengths and interests, such as art, music, athletics, or academic areas; as well as needs, such as levels of mastery for reading, writing, math and cognitive skills. Each student’s individualized program includes goals for achieving success in each scheduled class, as well as accommodations and modifications for teacher implementation. Additionally, students may be assigned specific services provided by a Learning Specialist and/or the School Counselor. Finally, supplementary services may be provided to facilitate student success, such as a positive behavior plan, College Board test preparation, and collaboration with medical doctors.
Coaching: Organization, encouragement, and support services uplift students and equip them with skills and motivation for success
Tutoring: Evidence –based intervention programs in reading and writing provide remediation. We also offer supervised, web-based tutorials in all content areas, from Spanish to Geometry, for students who need content area support.
Assistive Technology Instruction: Soft-ware and web-based programs are resourced to facilitate organization, learning, communication, and task completion in order to maximize student potential.
Progress Monitoring: Students participate in their individualized program development and goal writing. With the learning specialist, they monitor their progress. Progress is reported to care-givers bi-monthly. This process builds a student’s self-determination skills and motivation to succeed.
Acceptance into the Chesapeake Learning Center is for students with mild to moderate learning differences, as well as those students who do not have a diagnosed learning difference but are below grade level mastery of skills in reading, writing, or math and would benefit from CLC services.