We recognize that each and every student is unique and that many students struggle with traditional school settings. As a result, we’ve created Learning Strategies programs to ensure that students who need extra help receive it. No student feels out of place or left behind academically while studying at Wasatch Academy.
The Learning Services Department at Wasatch Academy emphasizes the respect and dignity of each student. Our goal is to build a positive community of learners who are recognized and appreciated for their unique learning abilities and ready to become independent learners by the time they go to college or university.
A knowledgeable, caring, and supportive staff helps students find their passions, grow their learning abilities, and undergo life-changing experiences.
Students that take advantage of these programs learn and adopt personal education objectives that leverage their intellectual strengths and unique learning abilities. With our high school project based learning, students soon accomplish more, find hidden character and strength in their abilities, and succeed in their academics and college preparation. Here are seven learning services programs that Wasatch Academy offers:
• Academic Coaching
• English Language Learner (ELL) Academic Coaching
• Content Tutoring
• Customized Learning Plan
• Learning Strategies Class
• Targeted Learning Support
• Wilson Reading System
Academic Coaching features a 1:1 student-to-specialist ratio, receiving direct instruction on identified executive function skills, brain-based skills that individuals must have to effectively solve problems and execute tasks. These skills include but are not limited to the following: prioritization, sustained attention, organization, task initiation, response inhibition, flexibility, and metacognition.
Academic Coaching is offered as a two-, three-, or five-day per week program, depending on the student’s need or request. Academic Coaching is ideal for students who have chronically underachieved as learners, with or without diagnosed learning differences. Our Academic Coaching program is not content-specific tutoring, it is explicit 1:1 instruction in skills necessary for lifelong success. These newly acquired and developing skills are applied in the current academic tasks asked of the student, making Wasatch effectively equipped among boarding schools with learning support.
English Language Learner (ELL) Academic Coaching
This program is suited to ESL students looking for 1:1 personalized academic coaching for building executive function skills and English second language skills. The fully accredited ELL teacher/academic coach provides individualized support for building these skill sets, and can also provide additional training in preparation for the TOEFL proficiency exam.
Content tutoring is available to any student in any subject. Content tutoring may be requested by students or parents.
Customized Learning Plan
Many students choose to create their own type of academic support program to reflect their individual needs. Our Learning Services program allows students to integrate chosen aspects of the above Learning Services to formulate an academic support program custom-tailored to their specific needs.
Learning Strategies Intensive
Ideal for students who can learn in a small environment, our Learning Strategies Class consists of a 4:1 student-to-specialist ratio. Featuring curriculum that focuses on self-regulation, note taking, test preparation and time management, the Learning Strategies Intensive is ideal for students who have a perceived but not documented gap in ability and performance and/or below average grades. This class benefits students who have transitioned from a non-traditional academic setting and who wish to improve general study skills.
Targeted Learning Support
Our Targeted Learning Support program specifically addresses the reading, writing, and/or math needs of a student, incorporating programs such as Wilson Language Training, Fast Forward, and Plato Learning into their support strategy. Targeted Learning Support has a student-to-specialist ratio of 1:1 or 2:1, with direct instruction from a learning specialist. Emphasizing these academic skills along with enrollment in the Learning Strategies Intensive or Academic Coaching options are hallmarks of this program. Students benefiting from Targeted Learning Support include those with an existing Individualized Education Plan, or 504, and a diagnosed learning disability.
Wilson Reading System
The Wilson Reading System is delivered as a 1:1 student-to-specialist intensive and consists of structured literacy instruction for students with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. We consider ourselves at Wasatch Academy among boarding schools for students with dyslexia as fully equipped to help students succeed. The program is based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles. The Wilson Reading System provides a prescribed sequence of multisensory instruction that explicitly teaches the structure of the English language. The WIST (Word Identification and Spelling Test) and the WADE (Wilson Assessment of Decoding and Encoding) tests are used to determine placement in the program and are administered on site.
Please contact the Admissions Office for additional information and cost of the Learning Services programs, or call 435-462-1400.
• Woodcock Johnson Cognitive & Achievement tests
• Universal Non-verbal Intelligence test
• Conners Comprehensive Behavior test
• SIB-R Independent Behavior Scales
• Burks Behavior Rating Scales
• TOWL Achievement test
• WIST Word Identification and Spelling test
• WADE Wilson Assessment of Decoding & Encoding test
• GORT Grey’s Oral Reading Test
• TOWRE Test of Word Reading Efficiency
• CTOPP Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing
To learn more about achievement and behavioral testing to help identify the needs and best learning services programs for your child, please contact
Kara Loftin, Dean of Student & Parent Support Services Email Kara
or Cheryl Mietchen, Learning Strategies & Testing Coordinator Email Cheryl
As the Assistant Head of School for Academic Support, Kara Scott Loftin provides effective academic skills assessments and support in the areas of reading and writing, executive function skills, independent learning, and study skills. Kara began her time at Wasatch Academy as the Director of Music, and after receiving a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland, she slowly began transitioning into her current role. Certified through the International Dyslexia Association and Wilson Reading System as a Dyslexia Specialist, her position creates individualized student success profiles and provides managerial direction for developing, planning, goal setting, and implementations of academic support services. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education from Fitchburg State University while simultaneously completing her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her passion for education has also positioned her on the NWAIS Pathways to Leadership cohort.