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.
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.
- 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.
- Freshman Year
- World History
- Physical Education
- Sophomore Year
- Physical Education
- Junior Year
- U.S. History
- Senior Year
- U.S. Government
*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.