Students with Learning Differences

The Archdiocese of Baltimore invites families to reach out to your high school of the choice to learn more about the following programs and resources available for students with learning differences.  If your child is part of the PRIDE program in an Archdiocese of Baltimore elementary school, please contact Denise Garman, Director of Student Support Services, at 410-625-8495 for assistance in the high school search process.

 Coeducational High Schools

Archbishop Spalding High School

The Aquinas Program offers enhanced academic services designed to meet the needs of students diagnosed with a learning difference and/or ADHD. Additional fee applies. Contact: Dr. Jeanine Kandrac | kandracj@spaldinghs.org | 410-969-9105

Bishop Walsh School

The Pratt Program is for students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia and organizational challenges. Individualized Orton-Gillingham tutoring and coaching are available. Contact: Stephanie Pratt | spratt@bishopwalsh.org | 301-724-5360

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School

The USS Star Program provides an opportunity for students who may struggle with grades, have a documented learning difference, or need a stronger support system to achieve educational success. Contact:  Trevor Quinn| tquinn@olmcmd.org | 410-686-1023

Saint John’s Catholic Prep

The Seton Scholars Program provides academic support for students with mild to moderate diagnosed learning differences (as documented by a current psycho-educational evaluation), who have demonstrated the ability to learn in a classroom of approximately 25 students without curriculum modifications.  Without foregoing the high standards set by SJCP, the Seton Program restructures each student’s schedule to allow for a lighter course load, while providing classroom and testing accommodations, learning strategy instruction, and subject tutoring by an experienced teaching staff.  Contact: Janet Ryczko | jryczko@saintjohnsprep.org | 301-662-4210, x108

St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School

The mission of the Aquinas Learning Program is to provide the support needed to allow all students to become successful learners.  This program offers assistance to students with identified learning differences, as well as those experiencing challenges in the transition to a college preparatory curriculum, providing strategic individual and small group instruction to assist them in their learning at Goretti and beyond. Contact: 301-739-4266

St. Mary’s High School

Committed to working with each student toward academic success, the Guidance Department reviews accommodations recommended by a learning specialist or psychologist through psycho-educational testing, and develops a student support plan. Students with learning differences can be successful when supported by the right combination of accommodations and college preparatory curriculum. Contact: Megan Bowers | mbowers@stmarysannapolis.org | 410-990-4223

The John Carroll School

The St. Joseph Program provides highly motivated students with documented learning differences an opportunity to succeed in a challenging college preparatory environment. Recognizing that each student has a unique approach to learning, the St. Joseph Program endeavors to make students aware of their personal learning styles and then establish strategies to accommodate that style. Students receive individualized accommodations in the classroom and monitoring toward the achievement of personal goals. Additional fee applies. Contact: Kelly Roiy | kroiy@johncarroll.org | 410-838-8333

Boys’ High Schools

Archbishop Curley High School

The Anthony Program is a multifaceted college preparatory program that addresses the needs of young men from diverse backgrounds who are at risk due to learning differences, lower self-esteem, and/or socio-emotional challenges. Maximum learning potential is achieved through the implementation of cross-curricular behavioral strategies, individualized assessments to measure academic performance, and an integrated team-teaching approach. Contact: Kathleen Maskell | kmaskell@archbishopcurley.org | 410-485-5000, x377

Calvert Hall College High School

The La Salle Program serves a unique group of students who may struggle with reading, writing, and math skills due to a specific language disability such as dyslexia. Students are integrated into the academic and co-curricular environment, but their academic programs are tailored to meet individual needs. Contact: Jennifer Healy | healyj@calverthall.com | 410-825-4266, x133

Loyola Blakefield

Murray Learning Services supports bright, motivated students with documented learning differences as they complete a rigorous college preparatory program. This program provides unlimited access to a team of learning specialists who work with students to improve organizational and time management skills, provide appropriate accommodations, and assist students in meeting the demands of their classroom teachers. Additional fee applies. Contact: Kevin Selby | kselby@loyolablakefield.org| 443-841-3248

Mount Saint Joseph High School

The DePaul Program is designed for college-bound students with specifically diagnosed mild learning/language differences, such as dyslexia or dysgraphia. Contact: Brion Townshend | btownshend@msjnet.edu | 410-644-3300

Girls’ High Schools

Maryvale Preparatory School

The St. Julie Billiart (SJB) Program serves bright and motivated college-bound young women who range from struggling readers to those with language-based learning differences. As gifted, college-bound students, SJB participants attend regular college preparatory classes. Their specific learning needs are addressed through daily 1:1 or 1:2 sessions with SJB staff, who personally configure Individual Education Plans (IEP) that utilize proven Orton-Gillingham, Phono-Graphix, and other instructional methods appropriate to each student’s profile. SJB staff then collaborate with teachers to make effective accommodations for regular course work. The goal for each student is to develop as a confident, independent reader and writer with strong organizational, time management, studying, and test-taking skills. SJB students have access to assistive technologies that have been configured for their use. Regular progress reports are provided with weekly follow-up with SJB staff to confirm effective participation in the program. Contact: Mary Trompeter | trompeterm@maryvale.com | 410-308-8540

Mercy High School

The Learning Specialist assists students with learning strategies, organization, and study skills.  Additionally, the Learning Specialist serves as a resource for faculty and staff, and provides one-on-one and small-group support for students with learning differences so that students can reach their full learning potential.

The Learning Specialist creates and maintains individualized Learning Support Plans that target students’ learning needs.  Students with learning differences thrive when supported by caring professionals.  These students complete the same challenging college preparatory coursework and curriculum as all other students.  Contact: Caitlin Carlson | ccarlson@mercyhighschool.com | 410-433-8880, x253

Mount de Sales Academy

In seeking to respond more fully to the mission of forming young women in a way that nurtures the whole person, The Sacred Heart Program provides academic support and instruction to meet the specialized needs of college-bound students with identified learning differences. Named after the devotion that is beloved both in the Visitation and Dominican traditions, this program provides remediation for continued improvement of academic skills, while enabling the student to discover her learning strengths, build on these strengths, and advocate for her needs. In its first year, the program received the National Catholic Education Association’s Edward M. Shaughnessy III Award for Inclusive Education. The Sacred Heart Program continues to build on this strong start and rises to meet the challenges of students with learning differences. Contact: Patrick Martel | pmartel@mountdesales.org | 410-744-8498, x267

The Catholic High School of Baltimore

The Archangel Program provides opportunities for educational success to students who encounter academic difficulties during elementary and middle school. All Archangel students proceed through a personalized college preparatory program that offers small class sizes, as well as frequent student-teacher interaction, close cooperation between home and school, and open dialogue on the student’s commitment to success. By junior year, Archangel students are integrated into other class levels based upon academic achievement.  To enhance the learning experience, students utilize state-of-the-art technology, including iPads and Chromebooks with various educational applications.  Contact: Mollie Chin ’04 | mchin@thecatholichighschool.org | 410-732-6200, x1213

National Guidelines for Documentation of Special Learning Needs

The presence of an IEP, 504 Plan, or professional evaluation does not necessarily mean a student is eligible for special accommodations. Documentation to support the need for requested accommodations must:

  1. State the specific learning difference as diagnosed, using a DSM V classification.
  2. Be current (no older than three years).
  3. Provide complete educational, developmental, and relevant medical history.
  4. Describe the comprehensive testing and techniques used to arrive at the diagnosis (including evaluation date(s) and test results, with subtest scores from measures of cognitive ability, current academic achievement, and information processing).
  5. Explain how the learning difference impacts daily functioning abilities.
  6. Describe the specific accommodations requested, and state why the learning difference qualifies the student for such accommodations.
  7. Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification and area of specialization.

Alternative Intervention Strategies (AIS) Plans and Personal Progress Plans (PPP) can be used as supplemental information, but they do not replace a professional evaluation.