Academic Success Center
It is our mission at the Rutgers Prep Academic Success Center to help students achieve their academic goals by encouraging responsibility, empowerment and self-advocacy. The ASC provides structured support to students with learning differences with the goal of creating independent learners. The center offers programs that are designed intentionally to maximize student involvement in their own learning and development to help them reach their full potential.
What We DoThe Academic Success Center is available to students primarily in grades 6 - 12th who have been diagnosed with a learning difference. We strive to support students in meeting their individual goals at Rutgers Prep through accommodations, coaching and consultation. Our recognition of students’ individuality goes beyond their disability and informs our work with them. The ASC encourages students' development of self-awareness and knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses, which can lead to a foundation for independence. We support and collaborate with school faculty and staff as they work with students with disabilities.
Who We Work With
At the Academic Success Center we work with students with different academic challenges but they all have a few things in common, they are:
- High achieving
- Highly creative
How We Do It
At the ASC we take a multi-pronged approach to helping students. Our goal is to understand each child’s strengths and work as a team with family, teachers and the student to help each student reach their full potential. The Learning Specialist works with each family for the entirety of their student’s experience from middle school to high school, fostering deep, meaningful relationships and an understanding of how each student might learn best and where they can improve.
We understand that every student is unique, and so we assign an individual Learning Specialist to each student. In their work together the Learning Specialist works to guide students towards self-advocacy. We celebrate a student’s strengths and cultivate skills to help them reach their full academic potential.
- Works one-on-one with families throughout their RPS experience. We foster deep and meaningful relationships with students and parents allowing us to better understand each child’s strengths, challenges, learning styles and where they can improve.
- Provides support in the form of essay review, time management, basic math review, and study skills.
- Supports teachers in the classroom by brainstorming best practices and teaching techniques to help all students succeed. Together, the teacher and the Learning Specialist discuss how best to support each student to reach their full potential.
- Meets with the student several times a week to work on skills such as self-advocacy, management, organization, motivation, working memory, flexibility and problem-solving.
Our Counseling Program works with families and students to support the emotional and mental well being of all students.
- Counselors initiate an introductory meeting with all 9th grade students and all new students each Fall.
- Counselors are available for drop-in meetings with any student, at any time. Students may schedule more frequent meetings with a counselor as needed.