Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center complements the Joliet Catholic Academy curriculum by offering support to those students diagnosed with mild-to-moderate specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder.

Students entering this program will be receiving supplemental instruction one period per day in a small group setting with an emphasis on the academic content of their college preparatory classes.

Admissions Criteria

Documentation of a Specific Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Disorder through one or more of the following:

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Individualized Service Plan (ISP).
  • Individual psycho-educational battery assessment.
  • Diagnostic report from physician or other health care professional.

ARC Services

  • Re-presentation of classroom material using a variety of learning modalities.
  • Assistance in test preparation, monitoring of assignment completion and help with personal organization and study skills.
  • Educational Accommodations that include extended time on major tests and exams, readers for a variety of assessments, note taking strategies, and preferential seating assignments
  • Support of Section 504 accommodation plans and evaluation for Section 504 eligibility.
  • Access to the following technology:
    • Kurzweil 3000 – a multi-sensory software program designed to reinforce reading, writing, and study skills.
    • NEO2 Laptop – assistive technology with built-in writing tools that make writing, revising, editing and printing assignments easier and more enjoyable.
    • Quick Pad – assistive technology that allows students to type essays and long writing assignments on infrared laptop keyboard.

 Course Sequence

  • Freshman Year
    • Theology
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Reading*
    • World History
    • Computers
    • Physical Education
  • Sophomore Year
    • Theology
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Reading**
    • Science
    • Health
    • Physical Education
  • Junior Year
    • Theology
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • U.S. History
    • Art
    • Music
  • Senior Year
    • Theology
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • U.S. Government
    • Elective
    • Elective

*Average placement exam score may result in a foreign language placement

**Above average progress in freshman reading may result in a foreign language placement

MEET OUR FACULTY

Amy Douglas, Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from William Woods University. Mrs. Douglas received a Certificate in learning Disabilities and a Certificate in Social/Emotional Disorders. She received the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce Great Teacher Award and is a member of the JCA Hall of Fame.

Jacqueline Cherwin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of St. Francis. Ms. Cherwin received a Certificate in Elementary Education and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.


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