Learning Services

Our Learning Services program supports students with dyslexia, language based learning disabilities (LBLD), attention deficits (ADD/ADHD), executive functioning challenges, and other learning differences, such as school-related anxiety.

Bringing out the best in each student
St. Andrew’s is a small, yet richly diverse community.  We appreciate our cultural, ethnic, and learning differences. Each student brings complex learning strengths and challenges and our teachers are trained to bring out the best in each student, whatever his/her specific needs may be. We have developed expertise in the design of programs for students with dyslexia, language-based learning disabilities, or those experiencing attentional and/or organizational or executive functioning challenges. Each program complements our college preparatory curriculum.  Students participating in these programs need current documentation of the challenges from an appropriate evaluator; this information is shared with St. Andrew’s during the admission process.

These programs include our:

• Focus Program (ADD/ADHD)

• Literacy Program (Reading or written expressive disability, dyslexia)

• Speech and Language Program

• Use of the Wilson Reading Program

All of our faculty in the Learning Services Department are certified special educators in the State of Rhode Island and have many years of experience with specific training in the models we use. All students enrolled in our Learning Services Program have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) written after a collaborative TEAM meeting with the student, parent, teachers, adviser, and Director of Learning Services. This IEP is reviewed and consideration is given to renewal on an annual basis considering the student’s progress and evaluative information. A student may be enrolled in or released from a Learning Services program with the School’s agreement and approval of the Director of Learning Services. 

Students in Learning Services attend college preparatory academic classes with 12 or fewer students. Small classes enable students and teachers to get to know each other well. In this climate, even the most reserved students feel comfortable volunteering their perspectives. Classes and advising groups offered through Learning Services are typically smaller. Fees beyond the tuition for the College Preparatory program are assessed based upon the number and types of Learning Services each student will be taking. Our goal for all students is to provide the best possible environment for learning. St. Andrew’s teachers use multiple strategies to support learning.

For More Information:

Admissions information - Contact Kristel Dunphy, Assistant Director of Admissions
Learning Services Program information - Contact Dr. Dana Gurney, Director of Learning Services


Students applying to the Learning Services Program must submit additional information specific to the program to which they are applying. However, all programs require current educational testing information (within eighteen months) that includes a WISC, the Test of Written Language, and relevant achievement data such as the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test. Further information is available both through Admissions (Application Process) and Learning Services.

   Dr. Dana Gurney
   Director of Learning Services
   and Co-Director
   of Middle School
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3048

   Lisa Goniprow

   Coordinator for the Office
   of Learning Services
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3054

   Kristel Dunphy
   Assistant Director
   of Admissions

   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3053


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