Learning Resource Center (LRC)
The Learning Resource Center, also known as LRC, is an integral component of the total St. Joseph School educational program. The LRC provides a variety of learning support services to promote student achievement and success. The mission of the LRC is to ensure that all learners are appropriately challenged and taught so they can reach their God-given potential.
The LRC specialists acknowledge and appreciate the unique and varied learning profiles of our students, including strengths and challenges. They work with the classroom teachers to establish the most effective strategies to provide support and/or challenge for the students in their classrooms. The LRC specialists also work with small groups and/or individual students to strengthen skills and support academic success. As students discover how they learn best, they begin to develop effective learning skills and strategies, but more importantly a greater self-awareness and confidence in his or her own ability to learn and grow.
LRC specialists in K-5 work closely with students in small groups or 1:1 depending on individual needs to support and increase reading, writing and/or math skills.
In addition, LRC specialists collaborate with the classroom teachers and participate in the classroom on a weekly basis. These opportunities allow the specialists to monitor and observe individual students and overall classroom progress.
LRC support in the middle school focuses on three main areas: supporting classroom instruction through collaboration with the teachers, monitoring individual students’ accommodation plans, and teaching executive function skills. The middle school LRC specialist works closely with the teachers to ensure that information about students’ learning needs is implemented in the classroom.Small group instruction occurs on an as needed basis. The LRC specialist oversees the after school Homework Club as part of the overall school support program.Strengthening study and organizational skills are central to the LRC support in middle school.
Offering advanced learning opportunities is one way that St. Joseph students can attain personal academic growth. We address their academic readiness, intellectual curiosity and opportunities for accelerated learning in every classroom, on any given day. At St. Joseph School, we offer engaging experiences and rigorous curriculum to all students.
We also recognize that some of our students demonstrate skills and readiness for participation in an accelerated and enriched curriculum. In such circumstances, a student may benefit from curricula, instruction, or learning experiences that supplement those that are provided in the classroom. Students who display advanced knowledge, conceptual understanding, higher-order thinking skills and the motivation to work at increasingly complex levels benefit from a different approach to learning. The ALO Program offers small group clustering, compacting and acceleration of curriculum to meet the needs of these students.
The LRC department is comprised of a director, five academic learning specialists, an advanced opportunity learning specialist and a full-time counselor. The academic learning specialists collaborate with the classroom teachers, administer screenings and additional assessments as needed, and oversee the flow of communication about a child’s learning needs as they move through the grades. The learning resource specialists and classroom teachers work together to implement recommended classroom accommodations. They also work in tandem with the school counselor to ensure the social and emotional needs of the students are considered when implementing a learning plan. When needed, the LRC specialists also provide referrals for tutors, therapists, educational psychologists, and other outside professionals.