Learning Services At Galloway
Learning Services personnel provide direct and indirect support to students who exhibit difficulty with academic learning and/or performance. We collaborate with parents, teachers, and students to develop appropriate instructional strategies as well as to offer referrals for additional support which might include: private tutoring, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychoeducational testing. Additionally, we help to identify students who are at risk for developing difficulties and provide recommendations and ongoing monitoring. For students with an outside psycho-educational evaluation, an Action Plan is developed based on the evaluation and is used to provide faculty with information on a student's learning and recommended accommodations. Students with a diagnosed learning disability should have a psychological evaluation on file at school, current within the last five years.
Learning Services in Upper Learning
In Upper Learning, direct and indirect academic support to students, faculty, and parents is provided through our Galloway Organization and Academic Learning Lab (GOAL Lab), overseen by our Coordinator of Learning Services Dr. Sue Feig. In addition to our faculty, who make themselves available to meet individually with students for additional help, the UL GOAL Lab offers support for writing, Algebra I, and executive functioning. Any student can attend group sessions for assistance in any or all of these areas. Meeting times are typically scheduled during lunch or before and after school. Additionally, the GOAL Lab is a great resource for a variety of handouts for students looking to improve their note taking, study skills, and/or test taking skills. While the GOAL Lab provides support mostly to our 9th and 10th grade students, support is available to any UL student who requests help. Behind the scenes, our learning support personnel also consult with teachers; act as a resource for information regarding accommodations, instruction, and red flags for learning; and coordinate communication with outside professionals. In UL, requests for accommodations on standardized tests (PSAT, SAT, AP exams and/or ACT) are processed through the Learning Services Department.
For students with an outside psycho-educational evaluation, an Action Plan is developed based on the evaluation and is used to provide faculty with information on a student's learning and recommended accommodations. Students with a diagnosed learning disability should have a current psychological evaluation on file at school, current within the last five years.
While The Galloway School does not modify our academic curriculum, we can provide the following accommodations, as recommended by a current psychoeducational evaluation.
- Extended time
- Strategic seating
- Ability to take tests/quizzes in a quieter location
- Use of a laptop
- Assistance with note taking
- Use of assistive technology and by-pass strategies such as calculator, laptop, audiobooks, etc.
- No penalty for spelling errors