APPROXIMATELY 25 PERCENT OF CHRISTCHURCH STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THE LEARNING SKILLS PROGRAM, THE FIRST PROGRAM OF ITS KIND AT A VIRGINIA BOARDING SCHOOL.
RECOGNIZING THE NEED for a program serving students with diagnosed learning differences, Christchurch established the Learning Skills Program in 1983. The program assists students with dyslexia, executive function weaknesses, attention deficit disorder, and a range of learning differences, improving their ability to thrive in a challenging college prep environment. Trained faculty members offer specific learning and organizational strategies, in addition to study skills that prepare these students for academic success, often at a level they did not imagine possible.
SERVICES ARE CUSTOMIZED for each student; the only common denominator is individual attention that helps every student do his or her best. Participation in the Learning Skills Program is limited to a designated number of Christchurch students and is a scheduled class. Student who participate in
Learning Skills attend regular classes, with as many as one-third of participants progressing into honors courses.
LEARNING SKILLS students are not viewed or treated any differently than their peers. Instead, the program is viewed as an extension of the one-on-one teaching and individualized approach to learning experienced by every Christchurch student.
THE LEARNING SKILLS PROGRAM goes beyond helping students thrive at Christchurch. Participants gain an understanding of how they learn best that helps them prepare for the college setting. Like their fellow classmates, 100 percent of students who participate in LSP matriculate to competitive colleges and enjoy successful careers in many fields.
PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Learning Skills Program builds confidence in students and reassures concerned parents. Knowing that a student's needs are understood and a plan is in place to help that student thrive at Christchurch and beyond is the hallmark of this ground-breaking program.