San Marcos Academy challenges all students to the fullest extent of their academic potential. For those students with documented learning differences or other mental health diagnoses, the Academy is pleased to offer a Learning Skills Program in the Upper School and an Accommodated Learning Program in the Middle School. These programs are optional and require an additional fee for those who choose to enroll.
Learning Support provides the following:
Instructors in the LSP and ALP share a common commitment to the education of students with learning differences and a vision for how that education should be accomplished. Through extensive experience working with students with learning differences, LSP and ALP instructors have gained an understanding of the basic precursors of academic success. Students must capitalize on personal strengths, recognize and manage personal weaknesses, remediate specific academic deficits, develop orderly study habits, and assume ultimate responsibility for their education.
LSP/ALP instructors focus on moving students from dependence to personal autonomy and from external monitoring to self-sufficiency. Many families now choose SMA based on the Academy’s reputation for success with students who have learning differences.
The primary requirement for participation in the Learning Skills Program is the presence of a documented learning disability or some other mental health diagnosis. Other mental health diagnoses may include, but are not limited to, ADHD with or without hyperactivity, depression, and anxiety-related disorders. Additionally, a student must be experiencing academic difficulties due to the disorder or diagnosis.
Upper School students are assigned one Learning Skills class period each school day. Additionally, the Learning Skills Center is open for after-school tutoring until 5 p.m. and for evening tutoring sessions from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participating students may take their tests in the Learning Skills Center and receive additional time for test completion if needed. Most students respond quickly to the support, instruction, and demonstration offered by the Learning Skills Program and rise to the challenge of new and expanded expectations.
For students in grades K-8, the Accommodated Learning Program, while similar to the LSP, is tailored to fit the specific needs of lower and middle school-aged students. Students will work with the ALP director at various times during the regular school week. Additional services offered through ALP are dyslexia and reading intervention.
Mrs. Margo McClintock has been Director of the Learning Skills Program for the past 19 years. She is assisted by Mrs. Donna Loyd, a full-time LSP instructor for the past nine years. Also part of the instructional team in the Learning Center for the past five years is Mrs. Francie McNair, a part-time tutor who retired after a long teaching career at SMA.
Mrs. Connie Bagley is the Accommodated Learning Program Director. She will join the Academy faculty for the 2018-19 school year. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience and served previously as a specialist for dyslexic students in the San Marcos CISD. Mrs. Bagley was inducted into the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame in 2018.
Learning Skills Program (grades 9-12): $2,000 per semester
Accommodated Learning Program (grades K-8) $500 per semester