Academic Resource Center

“All students learn differently,” says Michael Callahan, director of Pace Academy’s Academic Resource Center (ARC). “They have different strengths in different areas, and it’s our job as educators to give all children different opportunities for success.”


Through the ARC, Callahan and his expert team of educators ensure that Pace students with learning differences have those opportunities.

“We set the bar high for all students,” he says, “but we provide personalized support that enables them to jump over it.”

LOWER SCHOOL

Providing equitable support to ensure that all learners reach their full potential
-Pace Lower School Academic Resource Center Vision Statement
Through the Academic Resource Center (ARC), trained learning specialists offer academic support for learners in every grade in the Lower School. Learning Specialists use various instructional techniques to meet students at their points of need and move them progressively towards greater independence and success in the academic program.

Our Learning Specialists are equipped with knowledge and research-based resources to ensure that all Lower School students reach their full potential. Literacy skills are key to accessing all academic content. Therefore, it is important that children have a strong foundation in the fundamental components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. 

For students with unique learning needs, early intervention is essential. Learning Specialists partner with parents and teachers to identify students with different learning needs. They provide targeted support in foundational reading skills, written and verbal expression, and executive functioning. In addition, Learning Specialists help students learn study skills and strategies for acquiring, recalling, applying and retaining information. They provide academic support in small-group sessions during the school day at no additional cost to parents. 

The Pace Lower School ARC team is dedicated to helping families support their children. If you need additional resources for support or would like to have an informational conference, please contact Lower School ARC Director Judith Inniss

MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Middle School Academic Resource Center (ARC), located in the Inman Center, is equipped with three dynamic learning specialists who avail their knowledge and expertise to students, parents and faculty.  Students may receive support in learning strategies, executive functioning, academic content review and approaches to assessments. A variety of Pace faculty members, including the Middle School guidance counselor and subject-specific teachers, also support students in the ARC in order to meet the needs of the whole child. ARC resources are available to students during the school day and after school, and students are scheduled for regular sessions based on teacher referral, parent request or student self-advocacy.

As students navigate through Middle School, it is important for them to understand the importance of self-advocacy, identifying their strengths and challenges, and embracing the art of being a lifelong learner.  The Middle School ARC is a place where students can explore these objectives in a comfortable environment while striving for academic success.

The Middle School ARC may also be a resource for families as their Middle Schooler becomes more and more independent. If you are interested in outside resources and publications or would like to discuss how the ARC can best support your student, please contact Middle School ARC Director Liz Mason.

 

UPPER SCHOOL

Our Upper School Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides academic support to students and education and assistance to faculty and parents. Pace Academy prioritizes academic excellence, the development of the whole child, and integrity and respect, and the ARC utilizes the many resources available within the Upper School community to enable student success in these arenas.


SOME OF THE SERVICES OFFERED IN THE UPPER SCHOOL ARC INCLUDE:

  • Skills instruction and strategies for note-taking, test-taking, reading, mastery of world languages and time management
  • One-on-one and small-group tutoring by content specialists
  • Peer tutoring
  • Writing workshops
  • After-school support
If you would like to request a peer tutor, please visit the Upper School Learning Lab (Room 424).

ARC STAFF

Lower School

Sandi Epstein

Sandi Epstein

LS Learning Specialist
Laura Fitzpatrick

Laura Fitzpatrick

LS Learning Specialist
Judith Inniss

Judith Inniss

Director of LS Academic Resource Center, LS Learning Specialist

Middle School

Rachael Armitage

Rachael Armitage

MS Special Care Facilitator
Monique Blackburn

Monique Blackburn

Special Care Facilitator
Julia Egbebike

Julia Egbebike

MS Study Strategies Teacher, MS Discovery Teacher
Katy Goldsmith

Katy Goldsmith

Director of MS ARC
Ryann Smith

Ryann Smith

MS Learning Specialist

Upper School

Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan

Director of Academic Resource Center, US Learning Specialist, US Peer Leadership Advisor
Megan Dickherber

Megan Dickherber

US ARC Tutor
Erin McNicholas

Erin McNicholas

US Learning Specialist, US Transitions Advisor
Amy Pence

Amy Pence

US Tutor
Jordan Silverboard

Jordan Silverboard

US Academic Coach