The Learning Resource Center (LRC), located in the Learning Commons, provides academic support for all students. Staffed full-time by the learning resource specialist and the tutoring coordinator, the LRC is a place where students can receive one-on-one tutoring, homework assistance, or study skills strategies. The LRC is open to any student on a drop-in basis or by appointment. 

The LRC provides the following services:

  • One-on-one tutoring through Notre Dame’s Peer Tutoring Program (CSF)
  • One-on-one or small group assignment assistance from the Tutoring Coordinator or Learning Resource Specialist
  • Assistance with time management, study skills, and assignment completion
  • Supervised Study Hall
  • Make-up testing for missed exams
  • Extended time testing and other accommodations (for students with documented learning and/or mental health needs)

In addition to these services, the math and science departments have after school support centers staffed by our teachers. Students are welcome to attend the math and science support centers to receive one-on-one assistance. 

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Members also serve as peer tutors on campus. CSF members have to maintain a high grade point average each semester and have mastered the courses they are tutoring in. Our tutors are required to participate in mandatory tutor training programs. These students provide one-on-one tutoring for students as well as drop in tutoring services. Our tutoring services are available for all students! 

Services for Students with Learning or Mental Health Needs

Notre Dame is committed to providing accommodations for students who have a diagnosed learning disability or mental health need. Notre Dame has a full-time Learning Resource Specialist who works closely with students, parents, teachers and the counselors to develop and implement accommodations that will help students access the curriculum and achieve success. 
Who is eligible to receive accommodations?
Any student with a documented learning disability or diagnosed mental health need is able to receive accommodations.
What kind of documentation do you require?

For students with learning disabilities, documentation must include a formal educational-psychological evaluation, with both cognitive and academic assessments, must state a clear diagnosis of a learning disability using DSM-V criteria, and must contain a list of recommended accommodations. Our requirements align with the requirements to receive accommodations on standardized exams and for college.  Evaluations must be no more than three years old. 

For students with a diagnosed mental health need, documentation must include a formal letter from the diagnosing professional, which states the methods used for making the diagnosis, a clear statement of diagnosis using DSM-V criteria, a list of recommended accommodations, and a follow-up treatment plan. 

My daughter has a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD from her doctor. Can she receive accommodations?

Diagnosis of ADD or ADHD by a medical doctor does not necessarily qualify as a learning disability. To receive accommodations, you must submit a letter from the diagnosing doctor indicating when the diagnosis was made, what assessment methods were used to diagnose , what treatments have been used, and recommended accommodations.  The Learning Resource Specialist will review this documentation before approving accommodations. More detailed guidelines are available here: <link to ADHD Verification Document> Please note that in order to receive accommodations on standardized exams, students with ADD or ADHD must have a full educational-psychological evaluation. 

What is the process for receiving accommodations?

Submit all documentation of a disability to Cheryl Ruyle, the Learning Resource Specialist
The Learning Resource specialist will meet with you,  your daughter, and your daughter’s counselor  to discuss your daughter’s needs and what accommodations Notre Dame is able to provide. A formal accommodation plan is written during this meeting.
The plan is distributed to your daughter’s teachers by the Learning Resource Specialist.
In some instances, your daughter’s teachers will be present at this meeting

What types of accommodations do you provide?

Although each accommodations plan is tailored to the student’s need, the following is a sampling of what Notre Dame can provide:

  • Extended time on tests and quizzes
  • Preferential seating
  • Alternate testing location
  • Use of word processor for written assessments
  • Accommodations on SATs, ACT and AP exams if approved by Collegeboard and ACT.

Can my daughter receive extended time on her High School Placement Test?

Yes, if she has a documented disability. Please submit a written request along with documentation to the Admissions Office.

Procedures for Requesting Accommodations on Standardized Exams

Accommodations for the PSAT, SAT and AP Exams

Accommodations are available for the PSAT, SAT and AP Exams only for students who have a diagnosed learning disability, physical impairment, or mental health need. Students who have a diagnosis of AD/HD are only eligible for accommodations if they have had a full educational-psychological evaluation that re-confirms the diagnosis and it’s impact on test-taking. The school’s Learning Resource Specialist will initiate the process for accommodation requests in the spring of Freshman year. 
Accommodations are also available for the ACT exam. Parents must first register their daughter for a test before the Learning Resource Specialist can request accommodations. Please see the ACT website for important deadlines for requesting accommodations.  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/

Make-up Testing Procedures
  • Make-up testing is for tests only. You must make individual arrangements with your teacher if you’ve missed a quiz.
  • Tests must be made up during your first available free block.
  • If you don’t have a free block, you may make up your test in the morning from 7:00-7:45 Monday through Friday, or after school from 3:00-4:15 Monday through Friday.
  • ALL make up tests, whether taken during your free block, before, or after school, must be scheduled in advance.
  • Make up tests take place in the Learning Commons. Check in with staff on duty in the Learning Commons office to receive your test.
  • Tests will not be given out to students who have not scheduled tests in advance. 
  • Tests will not be given out to students if the deadline for the test has passed. Please see your teacher if the deadline has passed. 

Summer School Support

Notre Dame offers summer classes for incoming freshmen who require extra support in algebra, language arts and study skills. The classes are taught by Notre Dame teachers and focus on building basic skills to set the students up for a successful first year. 
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