Established in 1982, Saint Ursula Academy’s Educational Services Program for girls with learning disabilities and AD/HD exemplifies the school’s commitment to caring for the whole person and devising learning conditions for maximum achievement by each individual student in the program. Saint Ursula Academy offers each young woman the opportunity to develop her academic potential, regardless of race, socio-economic status, and physical or learning impairment.
The emphasis of the Educational Services Program is to provide for the individual learning differences and learning styles of the student by teaching to her strengths while working with her weaknesses or limitations. The student develops an understanding of her strengths, limitations, and learning styles, as well as her individual rights and responsibilities. Students in St. Ursula Academy's Educational Services Program are mainstreamed into the college preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement classes.
The educational requirements of students in the Educational Services Program are identical to the educational requirements of their classmates. Program participants benefit from a number of special modifications and services that demonstrate St. Ursula's commitment to providing a successful college preparatory experience for girls with learning disabilities and AD/HD. The special modifications and services include tutoring, coursework support, textbooks on CD, Kurzweil reader, extended examination, testing, and quiz periods, oral examinations and tests, tests read by tutor, and the use of a digital recorder to record class notes.
Saint Ursula Academy is a provider for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program.
Educational Services Program Team
Mrs. Barb Siegel, Mrs Melissa Lea '87, Mrs. Arielle Balz, Ms. Geri Walsh, Mrs. Courtney Arling '98