Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholars Program
Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholars Program of the Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School attempts to accommodate the needs of students who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate learning challenges and whose psycho-educational reports (as well as referrals from guidance counselors and teachers) indicate that intervention is critical to the student’s academic success at SJCP. This unique academic support program is designed for motivated students with learning differences who desire to pursue a college preparatory high school diploma and continue their education following high school in a post-secondary school environment. Canonized in 1975, Elizabeth Ann Seton is one of the founding educators of Catholic schools in America, opening the first Catholic school for girls in America in 1810 in Frederick County. Her legacy serves as an inspiration for our program that addresses learning differences in students.
Seton Scholars attend weekly classes (two – three students per class) providing strategy instruction and support for scheduling, planning, study skills, organization, as well as tutoring help and support for self-advocacy. A separate resource program is also available for identified students who may not need academic support, but who would benefit from strategy instruction and interventions to improve their executive function skills or who need a quiet place for completing work. In addition, classroom and testing accommodations are provided as identified by the Seton Program staff based on individual student’s needs.
Families interested in the Seton Program for their child may contact the school for more information. An interview with the Seton Program Resource teacher, Janet Ryczko, or school counselor may be required once the enrollment application and psycho-educational report are received. Educational psychology reports should be sent to the attention of the Seton Program director, Janet Ryczko. If the psychologist can provide electronic copies of the reports, please send these to Janet Ryczko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goals of the Seton Program are:
- To help students develop compensation strategies for addressing their learning disability.
- To teach students to advocate for their academic support needs.
- To prepare students to be successful in college.
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