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 students. 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.
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.
Academic Support has one designated General Studies Special Education Specialist who supports students ranging from First through Twelfth Grades.
For acceptance into the Academic Support Program
Houston Independent School District Services
Should a parent have a concern that their child has a learning disability or speech impairment; the parent has the opportunity to request an evaluation. The Academic Support Specialist will work with the parent, teachers, and the HISD liaison when an evaluation is being requested.
Many forms are required to be completed by the parent, teacher, and health professional. A classroom observation is required by RMBA’s Academic Support Specialist.
HISD requires current and previous report cards for the past two years along with any standardized testing results.
Components of the Academic Support Program
Documentation for Students with an Evaluation
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.
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