Center for Academic Achievement

The Center for Academic Achievement is designed to meet the learning needs of our student population. Our goal is to foster the academic success of students by providing them with the academic skills and learning strategies that will help them make the most of their time at our school and become independent and confident life-long learners. By providing students with the academic skills and learning strategies that will help them to make the most of their time at SSM, we hope to aid students in building a solid foundation on which to become independent and confident life-long learners. The Center supports students with moderate learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders and average to above-average cognitive abilities, and is also a resource for strengthening all of our students’ abilities to meet the challenges of demanding high school academics. This year-round program provides specific support in the following areas:

  • Orton-Gillingham instruction for students with reading difficulties
  • Written expression and reading comprehension instruction
  • Study skills instruction
  • Other academic support, including mathematics

Students involved in the Academic Skills Program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School typically have average to above-average cognitive abilities and moderate to high academic motivation, in addition to diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder. They often have difficulty with processing skills, attention and focus, organization, reading and writing.

Students interested in applying for the Academic Skills Program should submit current psychological and educational testing (e.g., WISC, Woodcock Johnson) so that we can best evaluate our School’s ability to meet their academic needs.

Middle School
The Center for Academic Achievement is designed to meet the learning needs of our student population. Our goal is to foster the academic success of students by providing them with the academic skills and learning strategies that will help them make the most of their time at our school and become independent and confident life-long learners.

Academic Skills Program Tutorials
The Academic Skills Program is designed to recognize and enhance the potential of students with learning differences. The program provides support and limited remediation within the traditional academic curriculum. Students learn academic skills and strategies that will help them realize their potential and meet the expectations set by the school, their families, and themselves. Enrollment is through permission of the program director only, and tutorials are taught by the Learning Specialists. Tutorials have a 3:1 teacher/student ratio, and this program requires an additional fee.

For more information about the Center for Academic Achievement, please contact the Admissions Office at (507) 333-1618 or 800-421-2724.