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2945 Kingston Road  York, PA 17402

(717) 755-1797       Fax: (717) 751-0136

Learning Support


What is the mission of the Learning Support Program at St. Joseph's School?

The mission of the St. Joseph's School Learning Support Program is to identify and facilitate a successful learning environment for each student experiencing learning difficulties in the classroom.

What services/areas are under the umbrella of the Learning Support Program?

  • Reading

  • Math

  • Speech/Language

  • SST (Student Support Program)

Who is eligible for learning support?

Students in grades K thru 6 are eligible for the Learning Support Program.

How do you determine if a child is in need of learning support?

  • Teacher referrals, which are preceded by observation, running records, and parent conferences.

  • DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills) Students in grades K-3 are assessed three times per year and monitored regularly. Any student needing assistance will receive learning support class according to their individual needs.

  • Psychological testing which results in a documented learning disability with recommendations by a certified psychologist.

  • Speech/Language testing provided by an IU 12 teacher.

How often do students receive learning support?

Students come to class 1-5 times per week (20-30 minutes each period). This is determined by each student's individual needs.

Student Support Team

St. Josephs School has established a Student Support Team whose mission is to provide a supportive network to solve instructional and behavioral issues. The team promotes a caring and supportive atmosphere to benefit teachers, students and parents.

Who is part of the SST?

  • Principal, teacher or parent refers student to SST

  • Assessments of students behavior and academics are obtained

  • SST meets to brainstorm strategies to help student achieve success in the classroom.

  • SST chooses strategies to be used by classroom teachers/support teachers

  • Strategies are implemented, documented and reported

  • SST meets after 6-8 weeks to discuss student’s progress