Your Pathway to Success:

The Flagship Programs at the OC Learning Center​

The Middle School Academic Seminar elective is designed to address the specific needs of each student during scheduled periods in the student’s school day.

Program participants are assigned to an academic tutor who will work with the student throughout the semester and provide regular progress updates to parents. Middle school tutors guide students through course content, use the MAP assessment tools to inform instruction, and coach students on executive function skills.

Meetings occur on site at the middle school and are scheduled during the school day as part of the student’s weekly schedule.

The Academic Seminar course is intended to support students by improving foundational learning skills. The curriculum is designed toward developing life-long learners and building academic skills including executive functioning and academic support. This course’s philosophy is to empower students. Students with accommodations who have executive functioning weakness according to their psychoeducational/neuropsychological evaluation will be invited to enroll in this course prior to any other students. The class will have around a 10:2 ratio (10 students: 2 instructors). Each instructor will mentor 5 students by tracking their grades, time management, organizations, etc. It will be a typical class on a student’s schedule as their 7th class. Students enrolled in Academic Seminar are also encouraged to come to the Learning Center for tutoring throughout the week. Students with a C- or below in any of their core classes are expected to come to the Learning Center for additional tutoring.

The High School offers free tutoring during the school day. During open periods, students can work with academic tutors in a small group setting to receive help with course content, assignments, or study skills. Students on academic probation may be required to come to tutoring. For many students, the Learning Center is a safe, comfortable place that they look forward to coming to, a productive space to work, surrounded by encouraging mentors and knowledgeable tutors.

Appointments are available in person during and after school hours until 5:30 pm Monday- Thursday and 4:30 pm on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments are available remotely. Our professional tutors will guide and coach your student through the course content as he or she works toward mastery. Subjects include English, history, math, science, and foreign languages. We tutor elementary school, middle school and high school subjects, and we also tutor honors and AP levels in most subjects.

Our executive function tutors approach learning from a holistic perspective. Our trained tutors teach students how to navigate through the complex job of being an organized, self-reliant learner. The executive function tutor fosters a nurturing, supportive relationship with students so that they can:

  • Build self-confidence
  • Advocate for themselves
  • Develop accountability
  • Learn study skills and time management
  • Become independent, lifelong learners
  • Create test taking strategies
  • Set and achieve goals

Students needing additional support to master new material or complete online, homeschool, or independent study courses will receive expert instruction and encouragement through our One-to-One Instructional Support program. Our staff can help your student complete their classes successfully and on-schedule. Although the Learning Center does not provide curriculum, we work with students from many different online schools and programs in a variety of subjects.

The Learning Center uses NWEA© MAP Growth assessment, a data-based, standards-aligned methodology, to provide an accurate measurement of academic growth in math, reading, language usage, and science. The assessment allows us to identify areas that need reinforcement, or areas of “unfinished learning.” We use the results of the assessment to set realistic goals, customize a learning plan, and help target instruction that focuses on building up those skills for each student.