Philosophy and Purpose
The Albuquerque Academy Peterson Learning Support Program is designed to help meet the individual learning needs of students at Albuquerque Academy. The Program exists because Albuquerque Academy seeks to offer all its students, including those with special learning needs, every opportunity to succeed academically and to take full advantage of the extensive and varied course offerings available to them. The essential nature of the academic program at Albuquerque Academy, however, has not and will not change; it remains one of rigorous preparation for success in college and beyond.
Albuquerque Academy recognizes the following:
- Each student is a unique learner and that each brings to the community individual gifts and talents, which enrich the group as a whole.
- Students benefit academically when they understand their learning style and learning needs and they possess strong self-advocacy skills.
- Its ethical responsibility to provide reasonable educational accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for students diagnosed with special learning needs.
Learning assistance is available to any student having academic difficulty. Programs and strategies are individualized to meet students’ unique needs and situation. Academic accommodations are offered to students meeting diagnostic criteria for specific learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and/or other medical or psychological conditions.
Albuquerque Academy will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities affecting their participation in school, if those accommodations do not fundamentally alter or compromise the school’s academic program or impose an undue burden on the school. We are prepared to make accommodations for students who can compensate for their disabilities in ways that enable them to complete the coursework required of all students and meet the rigorous reading, writing and analytical requirements of our academic program.
Services provided by the Peterson Learning Support Program may include:
- Study skills
- Time management skills
- Organizational strategies
- Specific academic strategies
- Test taking strategies and facilitation of in-school test accommodations
- Development of self-advocacy skills
- In-school screening, classroom observations, and participate in team discussions
- Referrals for educational and neuropsychological diagnostic evaluations
- Development of educational support plans
- Facilitation of teacher/student meetings
- Updates to parents
- Updates to administrators
- Support to admission and college advising
- Accommodation applications to College Board, ACT and ERB
- Consultations with counselors, school nurse, and other individuals involved with the student