The Learning Center

About the Learning Center

The Learning Center, which is housed in the Gryphon’s LAIR (Learning Assistance and Institutional Resources) on our school campus, is full of resources that help students with learning differences realize their fullest academic and social potential.

Trinity's desire is to help students know their unique gifts as given by God and to celebrate areas of weakness as opportunities to grow. Our team is inspired to help students realize their full potential and discover success at every level.

We know that not all students learn in the same way. Showing students different approaches and providing them with proven educational tools can empower them to become successful independent learners.

Learning Center Services

Content Tutoring
ACT/SAT Prep
Math and Writing Labs*
NILD Therapy
NILD Search and Teach
Accommodation plans for students with a diagnosed disability*
Application for accommodations through CollegeBoard*
Educational Testing
Executive Function Study Halls
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

*These services are included in tuition.

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TCS Parents should log in to the Parent Portal for additional resources on the Learning Center.

Meet our Team


Mrs. Sharrie Danielson, M.Ed.
Office Manager, The Learning Center

Mrs. Robin Currey, M.Ed.
Executive Function Coach

Mrs. Suzanne Hulbert, B.S.
NILD Therapist

Mrs. Jessica Kocher, B.S.
SSD Coordinator and NILD Therapist


Mrs. Kim Miller, M.Ed.
Dean of Curriculum and
Instruction


Mrs. Kara O'Malley, B.A.
Executive Function Coach

Mrs. Kay Meyer, B.A.
NILD Therapist

Ms. Kate Shepard, M.A.
Executive Function Coach

"One of my students was a non-reader two years ago, and now is reading on grade level. We’re still working with reading comprehension and writing and efficiency, but he has made dramatic progress and I can partner with his teachers and his parents to make sure we’re all working together."

- Mrs. Leslie Whelchel, M.Ed, P.C.E.T

., Learning Center Director

Executive Function Coaching

Executive Function study halls provide a more individualized program designed to bolster a student’s weak executive function deficiencies. The curriculum in Grades 7-12 is tailored to the student’s needs in a 6:1 teacher-to-student class setting. In Grades K - 6, students receive services in a 2:1 setting. Enrollment is open to any TCS student. No specialized testing is required, and this provides 1 academic year elective credit. There is an additional fee for this class.

Students in Executive Function study halls discover the ability to:

    • make plans
    • keep track of time
    • finish work on time
    • keep track of more than one thing at once
    • meaningfully include past knowledge in discussions
    • engage in group dynamics
    • evaluate ideas
    • reflect on their work
    • advocate for themselves
    • use test-taking strategies
    • practice study strategies

Pricing

    GradesClass SettingDurationCost
    Upper School (7-12)6:1Two or three 80-minute blocks per week$2,400 per year
    Upper School (7-12)2:1One 80-minute session per week$1,200 per semester
    Upper School (7-12)2:1Two 80-minute sessions per week$2,400 per semester
    Lower School (K-6)2:1One 80-minute session per week$1,200 per semester
    Lower School (K-6)2:1Two 80-minute sessions per week$2,400 per semester

NILD Educational Therapy

NILD educational therapy is a direct, language based therapy for students with learning difficulties. This one-on-one, individualized intervention aims to strengthen the underlying causes of learning difficulties. In order for students to successfully learn content and respond well to standards-driven instruction, students must be taught how to learn. NILD therapy teaches students independent learning skills that build competencies in cognition and processing so that the acquisition of academics becomes more efficient and effective.

NILD therapy does more than compensating for students' deficit areas, which often occur in the form of tutoring or classroom accommodation plans, as this still can limit what a student can do on their own. This direct intervention helps students strengthen their areas of deficit so that they are no longer held back by them. Teaching students how to learn eventually gives them freedom to succeed on their own as independent learners. The result is a competent and confident student that has gained skills for a lifetime.

Students who receive NILD therapy must be admitted to the program through a formal process that usually includes comprehensive testing and review by the Learning Center Director. This therapy requires two 80-minute sessions per week that are part of the student’s schedule. There is an additional fee for this service.

Learn more at NILD.org.

Pricing: Sixty 80-minute sessions: $6,000 per year

Search and Teach (Kindergarten - Grade 1)

Kindergarten - Grade 1

Search and Teach is an early intervention program designed to meet the educational needs of kindergarten and 1st grade students before they experience the frustration of learning failure. Students receive one-on-one instruction, 40 minutes, and twice a week in readiness skills including auditory processing and visual-motor skills necessary for academic success. Prerequisites: Referral

Pricing:

  • $3,000 per year (two semesters)
  • $100 testing and materials fee

ESOL

This service is designed to expand student knowledge of day-to-day language in four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing for students where English is not their first language.

Free WIDA testing through Fairfax County Public Schools provides proficiency assessments for students in Grades K-12 to allow us to identify placement, support, and monitoring of progress for ESOL students. Included in this package for students in Grades K-7 is an innovative language and literacy software program called Imagine Learning.

Pricing

  • Two 40-minute sessions per week: $1,500 per semester
  • Four 40-minute sessions per week $3,000 per semester


Content Tutoring

Academic tutors are available during seminar, carpool, and after school hours to provide more focused one on one tutoring in most content areas such as math, science, English, history, and language. Tutors are requested online or through the LAIR and matched with available instructors.

Pricing

Vouchers are purchased through the Business Office individually or in packages of ten. If purchased in units of ten, there is a discounted price. Please see the chart below for specific pricing on tutoring and music vouchers.


Price (1/2 hour session)10-Pack Price
Tutoring$32.00$300.00
Music$42.00$400.00


Math and Writing Labs

Trinity teachers and students staff both labs during the school day providing support to students. Students make scheduled appointments and receive individual assistance on their writing assignments or tutoring on math concepts. This service is included in the TCS tuition.

Pricing: Included in tuition

SAT/ACT Prep

The SAT/ACT exams are a significant component of the college application process. Higher test scores increase a student’s potential for acceptance to their school of choice and provides greater scholarship opportunities. The Learning Center recognizes the importance of preparing for these exams. Our staff has been specifically trained to teach the concepts, skills, strategies, and shortcuts needed to increase scores, build self-confidence, and most importantly help you achieve your college admission goals.

Pricing

Basic Package
One 60-minute session per week (15 hours total)
Two full-length practice tests, including test analysis
$1,250
Premium Package
Two 60-minute sessions per week (30 hours total)
Three full-length practice tests, including test analysis
$2,400

Educational Testing

The Learning Center in the Gryphon's LAIR can provide formal and informal testing for your student. This could include the Woodcock Johnson IV, Executive Function interviews or informal assessments, as well as an inventory of multiple intelligences and learning styles.

Pricing: Varies by test. For more information, contact Mrs. Leslie Whelchel at lwhelchel@tcsfairfax.org.

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