Academic Support Services
We are here to foster the academic achievement of every student. Reaching beyond one’s own expectations and being able to identify when to utilize Immaculate’s many academic support services, students gain the necessary skills to reach their fullest potential.
In collaboration with teachers, parents, counselors, administration, and peers, positive attitudes toward work and learning are promoted. Beginning in their freshman or transfer year, students develop the skills necessary to become lifelong learners within a caring environment that shares in the responsibility of advocating the needs of every student.
Dynamics of Learning Program
The credited DOL program was created to assist students entering high school for the first time with specific study and organization skills, learning style strategies, mastering mathematics, reading and writing skills as well as oral communication and presentation skills. Students are assigned to a DOL course that best aligns with their specific needs. Student success is measured by their improved independent learning behaviors as well as progress in all subject area courses. The course is taught by teachers from the English and Math departments.
Teachers can inspire an uninterested student, help students with confidence in a subject area, as well as motivate a student to feel comfortable with the concept of participating in class discussion and focusing on instruction. Teachers are available for extra-help after school from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their teacher to meet for extra-help with either a project, preparing for an assessment, to discuss classroom needs as well as strategies to help with retaining a concept. Although sometimes a student may not know what questions to ask about a difficult concept, it is best for students to come prepared to their extra-help session with questions or specific issues.
Student Success Program
We recognize that student program placement can at times be challenging. The SSP is a program offered to students at all grade levels during the school day, typically during study hall time, after or before school by teachers on staff. Counselors and teachers work together to identify specific areas within a subject that a student may be experiencing difficulty and put a plan together for short or long-term assistance to master the skills necessary to be successful.
We believe that parents are primary in their student’s education. In addition to daily/weekly communication by teachers and counselors, parent-teacher conferences are conducted annually for all students every November. In addition, conferences are held either in person, virtually or in-person with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors for parents and students. Parents are strongly encouraged to email their student’s teacher first, followed by their student’s counselor to schedule an appointment for an individual conference. If a conference is needed with multiple teachers in one meeting, the parent is asked to contact the counselor to arrange the date and time.
Peer tutoring allows opportunities for students to practice specific skills and gain a deeper understanding through peer discourse and influential instruction. Members of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, World Language Honor Society and Science Honor Society are paired with students typically during after school hours to obtain academic support as needed. This valuable program has proven to be beneficial to long-term skill mastery and personal confidence.
We know that every aspect of a student’s life can impact his or her ability to learn at school. The Immaculate Student at Risk Team (ISAT) consists of counselors, therapists, administration and the school nurse. The ISAT members take the responsibility of providing extra support and resources for students who may find themselves unable to manage certain aspects of their life. They meet monthly to collaboratively create a strategic action plan to assist individual students who may be demonstrating an evident decline in academics, socializing, physical or mental well-being. The ultimate goal of each plan is to provide the student with overcoming identified challenges that may be interfering with being successful. In partnership with parents, a student’s counselor monitors the student’s engagement with the plan.
International Student Support Programs
The needs of our international students are diverse and may differ from the needs of domestic students. Immaculate assigns a counselor for all international students to assist with academics, transitions to a new culture and new educational methods. In addition, a bi-lingual Academic Support Teacher is assigned to ensure the academic success of our international students. Depending on proficiency, international students have the ability to enroll in specialized English and Religion classes designed to provide the necessary skills and foundation needed to matriculate to the next level of those content areas.