Academic Support

We are committed to providing a rigorous academic program that includes the appropriate supports for each of our students. We have Learning Specialists at each division who, upon referral from classroom teachers or sponsors, are called upon to offer services ranging from one-on-one support to short-term consultation with students, teachers and parents. If a student has been identified with a diagnosed disability, a formal learning plan is put into place by the learning team for supports and accommodations in the classroom. The level of support varies by division, and as developmentally appropriate. 

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  • Lower School

    • Fundations program (K-2), Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach, instruction in phonemic awareness, encoding, and word study.
    • Double dose of Fundations (K-2)
    • Small focused literature groups (K-2)
    • Handwriting support with Handwriting Without Tears program (K-2)
    • Written expression groups
    • Math support
    • Reading comprehension support
    • Fluency groups
    • Extended time, up to time and a half
    • Electronic book resources
    • Small group, quiet testing
    • LEARNING SPECIALISTS: Lauren Calig and Leslie Reichbaum
  • Middle School

    • Management of formal accommodations (extended time on assessments, up to time and a half, small group, quiet testing, electronic book resources)
    • Organizational and instructional support
    • Study skills support
    • Test taking skills
    • Consultations with teachers and sponsors
    • Center for Excellence, open before and after school
    • LEARNING SPECIALIST: Leslie Muha and Amanda Sizler
  • Upper School

    • Management of formal accommodations (extended time on assessments, up to time and a half, small group, quiet testing, electronic book resources, preferential seating)
    • Assistance with learning and test taking strategies
    • Coordination of accommodations with standardized testing boards (PSAT, SAT, AP, ACT)
    • Assistance with applying for accommodations at chosen college or university
    • Organizational support
    • LEARNING SPECIALISTS: Betsy Coy and Katherine Radwancky
It is assumed that every student who is enrolled at University School is able to meet the School's academic expectations. For this reason, we will make reasonable accommodations, but do not change the curriculum for boys on learning plans. For more information, contact the division Learning Specialist, listed in the dropdowns above.

Our mission

The Learning Specialists at University School support the students, faculty, and parents in the education of boys with identified learning disabilities. We do the following:
  • Help classroom teachers understand learning differences and how their classrooms can accommodate those boys.
  • Advocate on behalf of boys with learning differences so that they can work to their potential.
  • Help boys understand their learning difference and how it impacts their learning, continue to develop self-advocacy skills, and develop a toolbox of strategies based on their strengths.
  • Work with parents to understand the learning profile of their sons and how to best support them at home.

We Promote

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Determination
  • Self Advocacy
  • Accountability

Associate Academic Dean for Learning K-12

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Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216.831.2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.