Academic Resource Center
Success for Every Student
HHCA's Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides a unique opportunity for K-12 students who have diagnosed learning disabilities to experience an excellent education of the highest quality and the ARC Team aims to help every student succeed.
ARC consists of three tiers of service in Lower, Middle, and Upper School, each with ascending levels of support and intervention. The program's goal is to provide supplemental, personalized support so that students who participate will navigate their academic career well and be adequately prepared for college and career.
We are committed to helping our students reach their full potential and we're committed to teaching them to celebrate their strengths while managing challenges. It is a great privilege to walk alongside students in their educational journey and an even greater privilege to have a hand in their success.
- Jennifer Hubbard, ARC Mentor
Every member of HHCA's Academic Resource Team is professionally certified and brings a wealth of experience to the department. Together they provide a highly structured environment with an educational approach suited to the individual student.
NILD Educational Therapy
The ARC team provides NILD Educational Therapy to students who are approved to receive services. This therapy addresses cognitive and perceptual processing deficits associated with learning disabilities and targets the underlying causes of learning problems, not only subject-based difficulties.
NILD Educational Therapy comprehensively addresses cognitive and perceptual processing deficits that are associated with the following learning difficulties:
- Visual/Auditory Perception, Memory, or Sequencing
- Visual-Motor Integration
- Processing Speed
- Spatial and/or Temporal Relations
- Cognitive Processing with emphasis on Critical Thinking/Abstract/Logical Reasoning
- Receptive/Expressive Language Processing
- Verbal/Nonverbal Reasoning
- Specific Academic Area (Spelling, Reading, Writing, Math)
Additional Tutoring for Students
Tutoring is considered to be a specific subject area focus for short-term intervention or remediation.
In addition to general tutoring offered by our mentors after school, ARC mentors can assist in matching students with tutors who meet their needs.
If you are concerned that your student may have a learning disability, our ARC team can offer insight and provide a list of local psychologists who perform educational evaluations and can diagnose learning disabilities.
Here are some additional helpful resources:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities defines accommodations as:
"alterations in the way tasks are presented that allow children with learning disabilities to complete the same assignments as other students. Accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, do not give students an unfair advantage, or in the case of assessments, do not change what a test measures."
HHCA can reasonably offer students these accommodations:
- Permission for the use of laptop computers in the classroom.
- With permission from the instructor, the use of a recording device in the classroom.
- Assistance with note taking.
- Extended time for students to complete tests and classroom assignments.
- The use of a word processing program for spelling and composition.
- In cases of extreme disability in a given area, alterations in course requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Oral reading and/or interpretation of directions and test questions.
- Testing in a separate location.
External Testing Accommodations
ARC works with students and the Guidance team on College Board (PSAT, SAT and AP) tests as well as ACT tests. There is a different process for College Board and ACT applications and they require additional time to process. See Academic Accommodations Guidelines for procedure.