EL Learning Services

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 Early Learning

In Early Learning, learning support focuses on literacy skills. Following a screening process, students in the Pre-K and Kindergarten may receive small group pullout instruction in phonemic awareness, the ability to hear and manipulate the sound structure of language. In 1st and 2nd grades, support is available for reading decoding, spelling, and writing sentences. In the 3rd and 4th grades, support is available in reading comprehension and writing. All small groups typically meet 2-3 times a week and progress is closely monitored through periodic assessments. As goals are reached, support may be tapered. For those students who have private, individual tutoring at school, the 3rd and 4th grade learning support teacher coordinates the communication between parent, tutor, and school.

Accommodations

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
Peggy Hilleary

Peggy Hilleary
Learning Specialist
philleary@gallowayschool.org
404.252.8389 x276

Stacey Harvey

Stacey Harvey
Learning Specialist
sharvey@gallowayschool.org
404.252.8389 x124

Becky Chamberlain
Learning Specialist
bchamberlain@gallowayschool.org
404.252.8389 x124