Learning specialists are located on each of our campuses reflecting Shady Side Academy's commitment to supporting our students, especially those with learning differences. This ensures that a developmentally appropriate continuum of support services is provided to students as they advance through the Academy. The Senior School has one full-time learning specialist.
During the Senior School years, students are provided mentorship for increasing their
independence which aids them in utilizing effective academic and planning strategies on this campus, college and beyond. The learning specialist guides each student to take responsibility for their role as a learner and empowers them to implement strategies to better navigate the demands of the curriculum. As the students mature into young adults, they are supported in their development of appropriate, efficient and effective self-advocacy skills.
The learning specialist is a resource for the faculty, administration and students to share current research-based information on learning differences and to assist in the implementation of accommodation plans. The coordination of accommodations with the College Board and the ACT standardized testing organizations is also provided by the learning specialist.
Learn more about Learning Support at SSA.