We recognize that each and every student is unique, and that many students struggle with traditional school settings. As a result, we’ve created a Learning Strategies program 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 Program 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 who are 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 educational objectives that leverage their intellectual strengths and unique learning abilities. With our high school project based learning the students soon accomplish more, find hidden character and strength in their abilities, and succeed in their academics and college preparation. Here are seven programs that Wasatch utilizes:
• 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-teacher 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. Arranged through the Tutoring Service Coordinator, 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 Class
Ideal for students who can learn in a small environment, our Learning Strategies Class consists of a 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Featuring curriculum that focuses on self-regulation, note taking, test preparation and time management, the Learning Strategies Class is ideal for students who have a perceived but not documented gap in ability and performance and/or below average grades. This class is the ideal solution for 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. Our system as a student-to-teacher ratio of 1:1 or 2:1, with direct instruction from a teacher. Emphasizing these academic skills along with enrollment in the Learning Strategies class or Academic Coaching option are hallmarks of this program. Students benefiting from Peak Learning Strategies include those with an existing Individualized Education Plan, or 504, and a diagnosed learning disability. Whether you need an ADHD boarding school, or a school equipped to tackle other learning needs, we are able to help.
Wilson Reading System
A new program at Wasatch Academy is the Wilson Reading System. The Wilson Reading System is available for 1:1 teacher-to-student intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. We consider ourselves at Wasatch among boarding schools for dyslexia that are 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
Houghton College, Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, 1998
University of Maryland, University College, Master of Business Administration, 2001
Kara Scott Loftin was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. After high school, she traveled to the United States to earn her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Houghton College in Houghton, New York. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Utah to explore the great American West and to join the faculty at Wasatch Academy as the Director of Music. During this time, she earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland, University College. While she found the position of Director of Music was incredibly rewarding, Kara moved into other departments at the school working in the communications and marketing department, functioning as Parent Network Coordinator, and working with students individually. Currently, she is theDean of Parent and Student Support Services, in which capacity she is responsible for and manages the content tutoring, peer tutoring, and individualized academic coach learning services offered at Wasatch Academy as an excellent choice among boarding schools with learning support, as well as regular communication with parents. Kara is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. After 17 years at Wasatch Academy, she cannot imagine a place with more welcoming people, warmer hearts, and bigger smiles. While she once thought that this Western adventure would be a short-lived period of her life, she now knows there is no place she would rather be working, doing what she loves and being part of the extraordinary community of learners and thinkers that is Wasatch Academy.