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Academic Support Center

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Cardinal Newman Academic Support Center (ASC) in collaboration with the Cardinal Newman Counseling Department is to provide the support needed to allow all students to become successful learners. This support includes helping students to become self-advocates, while discovering and utilizing the support services that will aid them in their education at Cardinal Newman and beyond.

Program Description

The Academic Support Center (ASC) at Cardinal Newman High School is open to the entire CN community. Our major focus is to assist students with a variety of learning and/or attention differences who can meet the academic demands of a college preparatory environment. The students in this program learn skills necessary for success in high school and beyond: organization of information and materials, self-advocacy, time management, and other skills and strategies. We do not modify our college preparatory curriculum. Students may receive an individual Student Learning Plan (SLP) that outlines their unique strengths, challenges, and recommended supports. Our ASC staff complements, rather than substitutes for, the academic support given students by their individual teachers and works to integrate all of the resources of the school to nurture the total formation of the student.

The center is staffed by the Director and Academic Support Teacher who work together to support the students who come in whether in a scheduled study time or on a drop in basis.

Goals of the ASC

  1. Provide ASC students with additional academic support (ie 1-to-1 tutoring, small group tutoring sessions, supervised homework study groups) in the CN college preparatory environment.

  2. Coordinate with and support classroom teachers.  

  3. Guide each student towards maximizing their potential while developing necessary learning skills and compensation strategies to succeed independently and develop self-advocacy techniques and skills.

  4. Develop individual student learning plans incorporating recommended accommodations

  5. Assist in providing accommodations and support services at the college level.

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The ASC staff supports students by:  

  1. Recognizing and defining individual student learning plans

  2. Collaborating with classroom teachers to discuss the individual needs of students

  3. Providing instruction in study skills, independent learning strategies, and self­ advocacy

  4. Providing guidance with course assignments and long-term projects

  5. Allowing opportunities for students to study in groups and collaborate with other students

  6. Proctoring tests and exams when needed

  7. Assisting in obtaining extended time for standardized testing

  8. Assisting in researching support services at the college level

What Services are Provided?

How to Receive Support for Current Students

If you think your child could be supported by working with the Academic Support Center please discuss reach out to their grade-level counselor. The ASC staff is happy to help any student in their academic journey if they have been referred by a counselor. 

Admissions for Freshmen

If you are interested in seeing if your incoming 9th grader would benefit from the resources provided by the Academic Support Center:

1. Have the current IEP recorded in the online Cardinal Newman online application.
2. Contact the Director of Counseling - Mrs. Tracy Williams, or the Director of the ASC - Mr. Mario Alioto for further discussion. 

Transition to College

The ASC Director and counselors meet with students who have an individual student learning plan to provide information and guidelines about college admissions relative to students with learning differences.

Academic Support Center Team

Mario Alioto

Mario Alioto

Titles: Director of the Academic Support Center, Freshmen Study Skills Teacher, Directed Studies Teacher
Email:
Christina Kraft

Christina Kraft

Titles: Teacher
Email:
Chris Langland

Chris Langland

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