Learning Support

Guided Studies Class

Guided Studies is a class designed to support students in their transition to high school at St. James Academy and foster independence in the educational setting. This class is limited to Freshmen and Sophomore students. Course selection is based on high school placement test results and determination by the student’s team (parents, student, administration, and teachers.) The class is structured with direct instruction on executive functioning skills, growth mindset ideals, and application of study skills to the real world.

Life Skills Class

Life Skills is a support class for students with special considerations and specific functional needs. The Life Skills class is individualized to meet the needs of these students to prepare them for their future life endeavors.  Within this class we focus on developing simple skills such as communicating with peers and adults, following a set of directions, presenting a business proposal, and developing a product to give back to the faculty of St. James. Peer mentors work as role models for students in this class as they learn and practice skills and activities needed in daily life.

Peer Mentoring Program

Peer mentors are assigned to a classroom specifically to assist in supporting students needs. Peer mentors receive a grade, which is computed in their cumulative GPA; therefore, peer tutors are required to be in the classroom on time every day and ready to assist as needed. The main function of the peer mentors is to support students in their academic endeavors. Peer mentors follow the lead of the classroom teacher but are overseen by the Guided Studies program teacher. Peer Mentors are trained in the areas of confidentiality/human dignity, engaging student involvement, and promoting student independence.

Minor Adjustment Plans

Students who require slight adjustments to their daily instruction on a consistent basis may be placed on a minor adjustment plan.  These plans help provide students with minor strategies that help them be successful with curriculum in the classroom.

Catholic School Student Support Plans

(In compliance with Section 504 for Private Schools) Students are moved from 504 plans to these CSSSP in compliance with section 504 for private schools.  These plans are based on a documented disability and are developed based on data.  A team meets at least on an annual basis to review these plans, update current successful strategies and adjustments that help students be successful in the classroom.

Student Support Case Manager and Transition Coordinator

Serves as our liaison between public schools and St. James Academy for students with IEPs, helps aid students with special considerations transition from grade school/middle school to high school, and with the help of the teacher aides she manages, teaches the Guided Studies Class.  This person also collaborates with teachers several times throughout a semester on adjusting and modifying curriculum for students on IEPs.

Success Center

Success Center is a student lead tutoring program for any student in grades 9-12 in core subjects during Thunder Block. National Honor Society members act as the peer tutors. Peer tutors are available in the alcoves during thunder block and any student needing assistance may stop by for academic help.

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