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  • Learning
  • Services

Our Philosophy

The School strives to provide the best learning experience for each student while maintaining the academic standards of the institution. The School provides support to students with identified learning differences on the basis of their individual needs, both within and outside their classrooms. Across divisions, the School makes referrals to outside professionals for psycho-educational evaluations, provides profiles regarding the learning needs of students with evaluations for staff, coordinates recommended support services and necessary accommodations, and consults with teachers and students on a regular basis.

Through communication with administrators, teachers, parents, and the consulting professionals, our Learning Specialists, teachers, and counselors help to screen and monitor students for whom there are concerns and for those students who need support. We assess Lower School students for academic readiness at the beginning of the academic year and continue to assess individual students, as needed, to provide ongoing information to inform our instruction and support services. GDS’s ability to accommodate certain learning differences is limited. Results of screenings, teacher referrals, and administrative recommendations determine which students may work with a Learning Resource teacher, through small group sessions. When necessary, we suggest other strategies or recommend further evaluation.

In addition to providing support for students and teachers, the Learning Resources team, along with divisional principals, supports families by:

  • Coordinating communication between students, faculty, and outside support services;
  • Recommending and overseeing tutorial work within the School; and
  • Making referrals for psycho-educational or neuropsychological evaluations.

 

By the Numbers

6

dedicated, learning specialists

15+

High School Academic Learning Lab Workshops Annually

20

average High School Students per workshop

Meet the Team

Kimberly Palombo

Department Chair of Learning Services

Meredith Chase-Mitchell

High School Learning Specialist

Jenna Clifton

LS Learning Specialist

Lynn Klaiman

Lower School Learning Specialist, PK–2nd Grade

Debbie Kleinbord

Long Term Substitute High School Learning Specialist

Jordi Rozenman

Long Term Substitute High School Learning Specialist

Regina Saifee

High School Learning Specialist

Cristina Watson

Middle School Learning Specialist