The Center for Learning Overview of Services

The Center for Learning (CFL) is designed to offer academic support for Upper School students with documented learning needs. The goal of the CFL is to provide strategic instruction that fosters both success and independence. The CFL provides individualized support for students who struggle in areas such as time management, organization, note taking, reading comprehension, writing, study skills and test taking due to documented learning issues. The learning specialists/academic coaches focus on teaching targeted strategies based on the student’s specific learning needs.
The additional fee for CFL services is dependent upon the number of sessions as determined by the director. These fees include one-to-one support as well as the following:

  • Comprehensive learning profiles that identify strengths and weaknesses as described by the student’s formal educational evaluation
  • Regular consultation with student’s teachers to ensure understanding of individual learning profiles
  • Collaboration between learning specialists and classroom teachers to implement recommended strategies when appropriate
  • Support with assistive technologies including access to digital text when available
  • Timely communication with parents/guardians including formal progress reports
  • Coordination of in class test taking accommodations when appropriate, as well as application for these accommodations to the College Board and ACT

CFL Schedule of Fees

Students are scheduled in the CFL during their free periods within the academic day. The Director of the CFL determines the level of support and number of sessions required based on the results of educational testing and the student’s progress in school. Fees for the CFL are based on the number of sessions to which students are assigned and are in addition to the tuition stated in the enrollment contract. Students will have an average of 1, 2, or 3 sessions each week (depending on their level of support). While Worcester Academy will make every effort to reschedule a missed session, there will be no refunds for any session missed, whatever the reason (including those missed for snow days, delayed starts, special schedules, and/or illness of student or learning specialist). Any changes to a student’s CFL level, including discontinuing CFL support, must be made in consultation with the CFL Director and will be handled on a case by case basis.

The Center for Learning Fees*
Sessions per Week One 30 Minute  Session Two 30 Minute Sessions Three 30 Minute Sessions
One 60 Minute
Two 60 Minute Sessions Three 60 Minute Sessions
Per Year $1,800 $3,500 $5,400 $3,500 $7,000 $10,500

*Families will be billed one half of the annual amount each semester.

The Center for Learning fee will be included in the enrollment contract. Billing and payment will depend on which plan the family has chosen for the year--single payment, two installments (75/25), or a 10-month installment plan. Any changes to the student's CFL level, including discontinuing CFL support, must be in consultation with the CFL director and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

CFL Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment in the Center for Learning is dependent upon receipt of a current (within three years) neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation that documents the need for academic support. IEPs, CAPs and 504 plans are not considered adequate without the supporting documentation that includes the results of the official evaluations. The director of the CFL determines final approval for services.
Worcester Academy reserves the right to use student evaluations only as informational tools and does not guarantee the implementation of all recommendations and accommodations as specified in a student’s evaluation and/or IEP/CAP/504 plan. The CFL will implement only those recommendations that are deemed reasonable within our academic program.

CFL Schedules

Students are scheduled in the Center for Learning during their free periods during the academic day.  The Director of the CFL determines the number of sessions required based on the results of educational testing and the student’s progress in school.  Once a student is assigned to a learning specialist, they are responsible for their attendance as working in the CFL is considered an academic commitment.  We expect CFL students to work towards needing less support as they progress. 

Special Schedules, Snow Days and Other Disruptions

Due to special schedules, snow days and other disruptions to the regular academic schedule in a given year, a student will have an average of 1, 2, or 3 sessions each week. There will be some weeks of school that require an altered schedule, which may not allow for all sessions to meet.

If a student misses a session for a valid reason and has given the CFL 24 hours notice, then every effort will be made to make up the time. If the session cannot be rescheduled within the current week due to an altered school schedule, or due to an extended absence from school, there will be no refund for missed or cancelled sessions. If a student misses a session without a valid excuse, the absence will be treated the same as an academic absence.

Contact Us

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  • Ms. Tricia MacKay Monheim 

    Worcester Academy
    Director of Center for Learning
    508-754-5302 Ext 223
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
    Portland State University - B.A.
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