Learning Differences

Marian Program

The strength of the Marian Program comes from our ability to form strong relationships with our students. They are able to ask questions, advocate for themselves, and find confidence in the classroom.These skills carry over as students move their learning outside of the classroom; they develop a personal toolbox that helps with homework, projects, studying, and life-long learning. We are in your student’s corner to ensure their strengths are celebrated!

Michelle Morrin, M.Ed.

Marian Program Director and Reading Specialist

The Marian Program is available to OLPH students beginning in third grade with specifically diagnosed, mild learning differences. The program’s goal is to help each student recognize and nurture his/her strengths while improving his/her overall performance in the classroom. OLPH believes academic excellence is an achievable goal for all students, as each student learns and grows according to his/her own unique talents.

Marian students are eligible to receive individually designed services to provide specific support to promote academic success and ensure the quality of the learning opportunity for those students. Academic support is available in a small group setting that includes time for test preparation, skill review and reinforcement, homework help, organization, and goal setting/reflection. Students are offered a comfortable and supportive environment where different learning styles are recognized. They gain access to the Testing Center, where extra time, test-taking strategies, and test accommodations are provided. There are parent support meetings and individual year-end conferences to discuss the success and any necessary revisions to the Student Accommodation Plan (SAP) for the following year. There is also the opportunity for optional, individual, on-site tutoring provided by a separate fee, included in the Marian Program offerings.

Students of need have the opportunity to receive support from the reading specialist and the math intervention teacher. All students undergo a reading level benchmark assessment to support placement decisions for small group instruction. Students who need reading intervention are referred to the Student Advocacy Team and reading specialist for consultation and development of intervention plans. The reading intervention plans consist of additional guided support from the classroom teacher and the reading specialist. Reading intervention is offered using various resources such as SIPPS, a research-based foundational skills program proven to help both new and struggling readers with phonological awareness.