Student Support Services

In order to better optimize every student's learning, Collegiate provides a myriad of support services for students across all grade levels. Using a team approach involving nine in-school specialists: three divisional guidance counselors, three learning support coordinators, a reading specialist, a math specialist and a full-time school nurse, the Student Support Team provides academic, social, health and wellness support to students in the Lower, Middle and Upper School divisions.

Student support services include:
  • Learning support
  • Social and emotional support
  • Health and wellness support

Lower School Learning Support Services

Equipped with strategies and the confidence to appreciate their exceptional talents, our students find success inside and outside the classroom. Whether the highly experienced staff is responding to recommendations and accommodations made available through outside, professional, evaluations or they are responding to more general concerns expressed by a student, her teacher or her parents, the student's ultimate success is always the goal. Communication with outside resources is also key to the solution seeking approach that is fundamental to the program.

Learning Support Services Include:
  • An Integrated Team Approach: All team members are engaged, better ensuring that academic needs are met.
  • Individual Learning Plans: The Learning Support Coordinator creates and manages learning plans for students whose professional evaluations document learning challenges and needs.
  • Academic Skill Building: Essential skill development in both Language Arts and Mathematics is the focus of a student's academic progress.
  • Accelerated Enrichment: Support that utilizes an integrated approach to supporting students during the school day inside and outside of class.
  • Parent Partnership: Student Support Staff support parents too by providing frequent communications and a deeper understanding of how their student learns.

Center for Learning Advancement (CLA)

What is the Center for Learning Advancement (CLA)?
The CLA is a physical space within the Lower School equipped with dedicated literacy and math resource teachers that provide academic support to Lower School students. The CLA has two identifiable objectives:
  • Provide an integrated approach to supporting students in literacy and mathematics during the school day in grades JK-5.
  • Provide academic enrichment for students that have intellectual needs and curiosities above and beyond current curriculum.

How does the  CLA provide integrated support in the Lower School?
Four math/literacy Resource Teachers, a full-time Reading Specialist and a part-time Math Coordinator provide small group support within the student's current classroom. Individual and small group tutorial help outside the student's classroom in a shared physical space, is an additional function of the CLA.

Is there an additional cost for receiving support services from the CLA?
There is no additional cost to families for receiving support services from the CLA. Thanks to several anonymous donors the CLA is an inclusive support system open to all Lower School students that demonstrate the need for additional support and/or accelerated enrichment.

What is the referral process for identifying students for accelerated enrichment support?
Accelerated enrichment is offered through differentiation by the students’ teachers. If a child’s current intellectual needs cannot be met by the child’s teacher within the classroom, the teacher will initiate a referral process that is managed by the Lower School Learning Support Services Coordinator. The Lower School Learning Support Services Coordinator  will serve as the liaison between students and the CLA matching students to a resource teacher for accelerated enrichment.

What should I do if I think my child should participate in the accelerated enrichment?
The referral process is not parent driven but parent feedback is welcome during the early fall and winter conferences. The homeroom teacher will refer your child to the Lower School Learning Support Services Coordinator if your child has demonstrated an intellectual curiosity, ability, and desire to apply themselves beyond the current curriculum and program. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions about the referral process.

What type of measurements will be used to determine if my child can participate in the accelerated enrichment support?
Accelerated enrichment is fluid and not dependent solely on one test. Homeroom teachers will refer students for accelerated enrichment to the Learning Support Services Coordinator based on current performance on regularly scheduled in-class assessments, CTP4 standardized test results, and/or demonstrated intellectual curiosity and desire to apply himself/herself beyond the curriculum and program.

What other types of accelerated enrichment are offered in the Lower School outside of the CLA?
The Lower School Math Olympiad team is integrated during the school day through the Math Busters program for third, fourth and fifth-grade students. Students also receive teacher support to work independently in preparation for the Regional and National History Bee and the Local and State Spelling Bee competitions. The exploreCollegiate program offers a variety of after-school academic enrichment opportunities that vary each quarter and include offerings such as Quick Recall, Computer Science (coding), Chess, Robotics and Book Club.

What type of academic support is provided by the resource teachers?
Academic support in reading, reading comprehension and mathematics is provided by the CLA. The CLA’s resource teachers will also offer accelerated enrichment support for students that have the intellectual curiosity, ability, and desire to apply themselves beyond the current curriculum and program.

What does the process look like for identifying students that need academic support?
  • If a student is struggling academically, teachers observe and document academic areas of concern supported with evidence and implement teaching strategies to support those concerns.
  • In the case that the implemented strategies are not effective, teachers may request that the Learning Support Services Coordinator conduct student observations in the classroom.
  • Following the classroom observation(s), the Learning Support Services Coordinator will equip the student’s teachers with additional classroom strategies for teaching and learning through ongoing training and intervention tools and determine if CLA support will be beneficial.
  • Additional classroom observations by other student support staff such as the Reading Specialist, Mathematics Coordinator, and/or the Guidance Counselor may be implored.
  • If additional information or student support is recommended by the Learning Support Services Coordinator, parents will be contacted by the Learning Support Services Coordinator or a member of the student’s support services team to discuss an action plan which may include a recommendation to pursue psychoeducational testing.
  • If a professional testing report has been received by the school, the Learning Services Coordinator will develop an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) aligned with the recommendations made by the outside professional, observations, and parent feedback. The ILP will include accommodations and strategies recommended for inside and outside the classroom. The ILP will be shared with the student’s support team. In addition, the Learning Support Services Coordinator will meet with the parents to discuss the student’s ILP in detail.

What should I do if I think my child may have learning challenges that require support beyond the classroom?
Your initial contact should be with your child’s homeroom teacher. If further action is needed your child’s homeroom teacher may refer you to the Lower School Support Services Coordinator.

How are students’ progress monitored when receiving academic support?
The annual Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is developed by the Learning Support Services Coordinator, the child’s teachers, and the child’s parents. Academic goals are created from the ILP and parents receive written narratives of progress in goal areas at the end of each quarter. In addition, students with a psychoeducational assessment are re-evaluated professionally every three years to review progress and determine needs.

Meet our Lower School Learning Support Services Coordinator

Shelley Campbell

The Lower School Learning Support Services Coordinator, Shelley Campbell, works collaboratively with the Middle and Upper School Coordinator of Learning Support Services and writes and manages learning plans for lower school students who have had outside evaluations. Shelley works closely with teachers to provide strategies to support students with accommodations. Through classroom observations, parent meetings, and teacher collaboration, Shelley serves as a liaison ensuring there are open lines of communication between parents and all members of the team working with a student. Shelley’s 25 years in schools gives her a strong foundation from which she can provide students and teachers the tools they need to better ensure success.
Shelley earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado. She received her Masters in Elementary Education from West Chester University and completed her Principal Certification from Immaculata University. Shelley taught Fourth and Fifth Grades before serving as Head of Lower School at Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA and at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix, AZ. Before moving to Louisville, Shelley was the Interim Director of the Early Childhood Center at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Morristown, TN.

Meet our Lower School Math Coordinator

Debby Scherer

Debby Scherer, our Lower School Math Coordinator, works closely with teachers to understand and put into practice the philosophy as well as the day-to-day planning, preparation, and presentation of each Everyday Math lesson. She supports students by team teaching with homeroom teachers, working with small groups, and supporting individual students. Debby also leads enrichment groups which participate in Math Olympiad and Continental Mathematics League contests in grades 3-5.
Debby earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville. While teaching Fifth Grade, she returned to the University of Louisville and earned a Master of Education in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in Gifted Education. Before joining the Collegiate community as the Fifth Grade Math teacher, Debby served as Fifth Grade homeroom teacher at Ascension School in Louisville.

CLA Resource Teachers

The Lower School has three independent contracted resource teachers that provide accelerated enrichment support and academic support for students in grades JK-5. Student support is integrated throughout the school day.

Lower School Social and Emotional Support Services

Social and Emotional Support Services include:
  • An Integrated Team Approach: All team members are engaged, better insuring that both social and emotional needs are met
  • Character Education: The Guidance Counselor teaches character education topics that include friendship development, feeling identification and expression, goal setting, healthy coping techniques, empathy training, and building independence and personal responsibility towards academic achievement and social success.
  • Emotional Literacy: Emotional literacy skills that are pertinent and relevant to a child’s developmental stage are taught during regular classes with the Guidance Counselor.
  • Health and Wellness Topics: Personal safety, stress management and transition to Middle School topics are addressed in fourth and fifth grades.
  • Individual Counseling Sessions: Individual counseling sessions to support children through family transitions, behavioral or developmental concerns, issues with grief and loss and other school or social problems can be held at the request of parents, students or teachers.

Meet the Lower School Guidance Counselor

Bridget McGuire

Bridget McGuire is the Lower School Guidance Counselor and works with students and families in Junior Kindergarten through Fifth grade. She received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work from Indiana University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her blended work experience includes thirteen years as a School Social Worker mostly in the suburbs of Chicago and community mental health counseling with children and families through programs for at-risk children, residential settings and school-based support services. 

Mrs. McGuire builds personal relationships with students across all grade levels through integrated character education lessons developed around the four Cornerstones of Louisville Collegiate School.  Mrs. McGuire works closely with classroom teachers and staff to provide guidance around positive behavioral management techniques and school related problem solving. She strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment through the counseling program that promotes growth for all students in social emotional competency skills.

Lower School Health Support Services

Health and Wellness Support Services Offered:
  • Cuts and Minor Emergencies: Whether it’s a scraped knee or a head to head collision on the playground, the School Nurse is ready to respond and care for all children.
  • Medication Administration: Over the counter medication and prescription medication are safely administered by the School Nurse per parent directive and doctor’s prescription
  • Student Medical Plans: Students with severe allergies or other major medical conditions will be supported with a medical plan managed by the School Nurse which is communicated to the teachers and student support team. Educational support with confirmation of care competency is provided by the School Nurse to faculty responsible for these students during off-campus trips.
  • Illness: Whether it’s lice, nausea, or a fever, students are assured comfort and care in the privacy of the nurse’s office which is equipped with a recovery couch, over-the-counter medicine and medical supplies.

Meet our School Nurse

Angela Sartin

Angela Sartin is a Registered Nurse with a career spanning twenty years. She earned her Nursing Degree from the University of Kentucky where she was a two-time recipient of the March of Dimes Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Nursing. After a successful internship with Easter Seals/Cardinal Hill, Angela served as the Camp Nurse at Easter Seal Camp KYSOC. While she was caring for children with multiple physical and developmental challenges in the adaptive recreational setting, Angela’s love for pediatric nursing began as she researched children’s health issues pertaining to developmental differences. When Easter Seals/Cardinal Hill opened their East End Louisville facility, Angela worked with the University of Louisville Neurology as they implemented the area’s first single day, multidisciplinary ALS clinic. Prior to coming to Louisville Collegiate School in 2004, Nurse Sartin worked as the Head Nurse at Camp Walden in the Adirondacks and taught clinicals for nursing students at Spencerian College.

School Information

2427 Glenmary Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
P: 502.479.0340
F: 502.454.8549
Louisville Collegiate School is a JK-12, co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.