Resource Program

Resource ProgramOur Lady of Mount Carmel School offers a top-notch Resource Program to students with learning challenges, which will enable them to thrive and succeed in an educational setting.  This quality program works with children who have dyslexia, decoding difficulties, dysgraphia, math computation and application challenges, processing disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and attention difficulties.  Additionally, students who qualify for speech/language servicing receive instruction from NNPS speech therapists.  Using the results of detailed psycho-educational evaluations by a licensed psychologist or diagnostician, students may receive accommodations, as well as direct instruction by an experienced, certified Master’s Level Special Education teacher in areas of identified challenges.  Students may also receive assistance with organization and study skills designed to help them flourish in the classroom.  In addition, the Resource Program is pleased to offer students the following support:

  •  Classroom Accommodations – based on individual testing results and/or in-class observations, students may receive tailored accommodations to ensure optimal academic and social achievement
  • Teacher Support – Teachers receive information about the students in their class and ideas and assistance for working with them effectively
  • Classroom related instruction and remedial instruction – relating directly to curriculum topics presented in the classroom, eliminating the need for make-up work
  • IEP Goal Instruction – determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Student Education Plan – education plans are written for all Resource students to best meet their educational need
  • Consultation – Students and families receive assistance with referrals for outside support on issues related to their academic performance and/or social and emotional needs, information regarding and assistance with the educational testing process, tutoring service information, community based workshops, and available community resources
  • In-House Assessment – standardized diagnostic testing in the areas of Reading and Math are conducted on an as-needed basis. Results are used to determine need for additional outside assessment, and/or for formulation of student education plans

Requirements consist of one of the following:

  • Psycho-educational testing that is current-within three years of completion
  • Completed referral form by student’s classroom teacher
  • Copy of current student IEP or previous IEP’s, when applicable
  • Recommendation by a Licensed Physician

You are encouraged to call the Director of Resource, Mrs. Gail McWhorter, to discuss your child’s academic needs and history.  She is available for appointments and can be reached at 757-596-2754, ext. 257.  If your child has a diagnosis other than a learning disability or diagnosis of attention difficulties, please feel free to call and discuss what OLMC School is able to do, to meet the needs of your child.  Students in the Resource Program have found great academic success with skills for staying organized, using trained study skills, and attending extra help sessions offered by the school.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel School strives to fulfill our mission by working in partnership with parents to ensure the optimal achievement of each child in our care.