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Academic Services

O’Gorman High School is committed to providing education services to all students. An Academic Services Coordinator along with additional certified teachers provide a variety of services to students and act as a resource for faculty and administration. The main purpose of the Academic Services program is to offer support and courses to students so they may achieve their potential and have a positive learning experience.

Study Center

The Study Center is designed to provide a variety of supports to help all students achieve academic success. The purpose of the Study Center is to assist students with disabilities, medical conditions, or academic learning needs by providing help in different academic areas. An ongoing referral process is used to identify students requiring assistance. The class operates as a structured study hall with academic support, as well as organization and study skills assistance. Study progress is monitored by daily assignment notebook checks and weekly grade trackers. A variety of resources are available to students, such as audio books, course materials, computers, textbooks, peer tutors, and Academic Services staff members. 
 

Curricular Accommodations & Modifications

The Academic Services Team utilizes a three-tiered approach to provide support for students in the classroom. If a student does not respond to the teaching practices given in tier one, or the interventions given in tier two, a recommendation is made for the student to be tested to determine whether a formal plan is needed. If a student is diagnosed with a disability or medical condition that impacts learning, the student is eligible for a tier three Accommodation Plan, Personalized Service Plan, or Language Acquisition Plan. A meeting is facilitated by the Academic Services Coordinator with the student, parents, and teachers to develop a plan tailored to the individual needs of the student. Every plan is shared with the corresponding teachers and reviewed annually to monitor effectiveness and make changes if necessary.

Students who need changes to the curriculum are placed in a foundation level class. Modifications are made to alter content and expectations to be appropriate to each individual student. We offer stand-alone core classes with only foundation students in the class so the entire curriculum can be modified. Other classes can be modified individually for students in the general classroom. 
 

Test Center

The test center is a room attached to the Study Center that provides a place for students to receive testing accommodations. Testing accommodations include alternate setting, extended time, and tests read orally. A student must be on an Accommodation Plan or a Personalized Service Plan in order to test in the test center.
 

Peer Tutor Program

The Peer Tutor Program gives qualified students an opportunity to tutor other students in the Study Center individually and in small groups. The focus is on helping students with homework completion and assessment preparation. Peer tutors in the program exemplify leadership, have strong academic ability, are willing to work with diverse students, and received approval from one of the counselors and the Academic Services Coordinator. Peer tutors are trained at the beginning of the semester by an Academic Services staff member and ongoing training is provided throughout the year. 
 

Achievement Academy

TUTORING

Curriculum content tutoring is designed to provide one-to-one or small group instruction and support to students so they can maintain progress in academic areas.  The program is personalized to the instructional needs of each student and coordinated with the classroom teacher to foster skill development.  
 
Skills specific tutoring is an individualized program designed to accommodate academic, remedial or enriched needs of a child.  Following a complete evaluation, a comprehensive, personalized  program is designed.  

Parent guided tutoring is designed to combine onsite tutoring with tutoring administered by the parent in the home.  This is for the parent that wishes to work with their child at home but needs structured programming designed for their child.  Weekly or bi-weekly checks by a tutor are scheduled to help determine if the student is ready for the next level/step in their individualized plan.

Private music lessons are offered in the areas of voice and instrumental at all of the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools.  Lessons are individualized based on a student’s skill and developmental level.  
 

TESTING

Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools offers the following assessments:

The Woodcock Johnson IV test of Cognitive Ability: administered by a school psychologist, provides a measure of general intellectual ability.  

The Woodcock Johnson IV Test of Achievement: measures academic achievement with specific information on academic strengths and weaknesses.  

The Woodcock Johnson IV test of Oral Language: provides measures of oral language, phonetic coding, and speed of lexical access.

The Connors Continuous Performance Test: a task oriented computerized assessment of attention disorders and neurological functioning. 

The test of Reading Comprehension: an innovative approach to evaluate  silent reading comprehension.
 
The Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization Screening: measures an individual’s ability to perceive and conceptualize speech sounds.

Key Math: used to individually measure the essential math concepts and skills a student may exhibit as strengths or challenges.
 

Please contact the Academic Services Coordinator at jmurphy@ogknights.org or (605) 575-3321 for direction if your child is in need of additional academic assistance, classroom accommodations/modifications, or is interested in being a peer tutor.