The Academic Support Program for Robert M. Beren Academy is an inclusion program, in which participation in the general and Judaic studies curriculum is accessible to all students, regardless of their learning differences. The primary focus of our program is to provide individual learners with the resources and supports they need to participate successfully in the academic setting at RMBA; and to prepare them for the transition to life after high school.
In alignment with the mission of RMBA, students in Academic Support complete all required general and Judaic studies classes, along with their peers, preparing our students to become self-confident, compassionate, practicing Jews as well as committed citizens and life-long learners. The Academic Support Program is designed to assist students with learning challenges in receiving an exemplary education based on the highest national standards for college preparation, and to provide them with the necessary skills that, upon graduation, will help them to flourish in college and in life.
For acceptance into the Academic Support Program, students are required to have a recent (within 3 years) psycho-educational evaluation, performed by a licensed psychologist or educational diagnostician; documenting students’ learning challenges, and indicating the need for accommodations or modifications to the standard curriculum.
Components of the Academic Support Program
Educational Issues Served in the Academic Support Program
Students receiving Academic Support services have an individual folder that contains their psychological/educational evaluation, Support Plan, conference notes, and any updates or progress pertaining to their documented learning differences.
Teachers and parents are provided with a copy of the student’s individualized Academic Support Plan; the plan is updated periodically throughout the school year.
Academic Support Committee conferences are held annually or biannually, depending on a student’s needs and academic progress. Committees primarily consist of the learning specialist, the parents, teachers, and administrators. Students are encouraged to attend, and to use the process to learn to advocate for themselves, and to understand their specific learning differences; which will become increasingly essential, especially as they reach young adulthood. Parents, students, specialists, or faculty may request a meeting at any time during the school year, in the event that an unforeseen issue arises.
Use of assistive technology (laptop, tablet, recording device, headphones) in the classroom is available to students with learning issues relating to grapho-motor, language processing, or organizational issues. Assistive technology must be approved by formal or informal meeting of the Academic Support Committee. Certain technology and software may be requested by school, parents, or the student.
The Academic Support Program is designed to offer assistance to students with documented learning differences (in the form of a psychological or educational evaluation). Without the necessary documentation, services cannot be provided to any student, even if s/he struggles in the classroom. The program is also not designed to provide tutoring services to individual students. Rather, Academic Support students have access to a number of resources, including: use of the Strategic Learning Lab, individualized learning plans, group sessions with Academic Support specialists (individual support offered when available), and accommodations or modifications to the standard curriculum. The services offered through the Academic Support Program are provided for a fee, additional to the standard tuition.
For additional information regarding the Academic Support Program at Robert M. Beren Academy, please contact:
Shalva Berger, Academic Support Coordinator
(713) 723-7170 ext. 244