What is ARISE?
Notre Dame offers a variety of programs and opportunities for students to grow their personal learning toolbox. These opportunities are designed to empower students to increase their academic engagement and to take advantage of the curriculum to their fullest potential.
A Notre Dame student confidently takes initiative to fully realize their potential and uses their talents and skills to affect impactful change in the community.
Our peer note-taking service allows students with accommodations to confidentially access quality notes from peers in their academic courses. Students who serve as peer note-takers engage in an opportunity to support their peers while developing their own skills. Students are selected as peer note-takers through an application process each year.
Peer note-takers earn 2.5 non-academic credits per semester on their transcripts for their service to the community.
Our learning resource specialists offer workshops throughout the year on topics related to skills and strategies for effective learning. These workshops provide an opportunity for our students to build their career and life skill potential by practicing and demonstrating personal efficacy for academic success. Topics include time management and organization, effective note-taking strategies, study skills, stress management and more.
Additionally, our learning resource specialists work closely with teachers to identify students who might need additional support with unit concepts prior to assessments, and offer supported study sessions to students prior to these assessments.
Workshops and supported study sessions are currently offered during Thursday Academic Collaboration.
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is an honors society that recognizes students’ academic excellence and service to the community. CSF members volunteer as peer tutors, providing one-on-one assistance to students who need additional academic support in specific content areas. Peer tutors also offer study sessions and help teachers as needed, further demonstrating their commitment to Notre Dame.
Peer tutors earn 2.5 non-academic credits (per semester) on their transcripts for their service to the community.
Notre Dame is dedicated to helping students achieve their personal and academic goals through personalized support and resources. Our student-centered approach allows us to meet an individual's unique needs, goals and interests. Every student is worthy of reaching their potential and our learning resource specialists are committed to designing and facilitating a circle of support.
Our learning resource specialists work with students, families, counselors and teachers to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations to maximize the student's learning abilities. This program is for students who have been evaluated by a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or other health practitioner; have testing and a history that substantiates the need for accommodations; and have a diagnosed medical, mental health, attention-deficit or learning disability.
Students must have current and appropriate documentation to qualify for accommodations. Documentation must either be a psychoeducational evaluation, or a letter from the provider on official letterhead that includes the impact of the diagnosis, the degree and duration of the disability(ies), as well as any functional limitations that are directly linked to and support the need for any requested accommodations.
Our learning resource specialists meet regularly with all students that have accommodations to ensure their needs are being appropriately met and to provide resources and strategies to enhance their learning.
The counseling team and our learning resource specialists work closely together to support students. The teams meet regularly to identify current trends in student experience and students who may need additional support in their classes. Counselors may refer a student to meet with our learning resource specialists for short or long term support in building and strengthening academic skills and habits.
Academic Seminar is a class specifically for freshmen and is taught by our learning resource specialists. The goal of Academic Seminar is to assist freshmen in further developing the inner qualities, outer behaviors and academic strategies necessary to achieve their individual academic goals. Moreover, the class provides them with consistent adult and peer support throughout their academic journey. Our curriculum uses the 16 Habits of Mind as a framework for discussions, lessons and activities which foster accountability for their learning and help solidify skills they will use in their content area courses. Lessons and topics include reading and note taking strategies, metacognitive reflection, managing impulsivity with tech tools, persistence, goal setting and email etiquette. Placement in this program is determined through collaboration between our admissions committee, learning resource specialists and the student’s academic counselor.
An independent study, online course in American Sign Language (ASL) is offered as a modern language alternative for our students with appropriate documentation of a diagnosed language-based learning disability (e.g. dyslexia, apraxia, auditory processing disorder etc…). Formal documentation, as well as a recommendation in a psychoeducational report or recommendations from a Notre Dame learning resource specialist, is required to enroll in this course.
The ARISE program uses an asset-based approach to learning and skill development that highlights strengths and builds a growth mindset. An empowered student welcomes the opportunity to create and re-evaluate their goals, build confidence and practice lifelong learning through purposeful decision-making. This includes developing attitudes and using strategies to be more constructive, proactive and independent learners.
Interested students will apply through their personal and academic counselor in the spring during the course selection process.
ARISE Support team:
- Academic Teams
- Technology at Notre Dame
- ND Reads
- Graduation Requirements
- Course Catalog
- Education for Justice & Leadership
- City as a Classroom