Learning Support Classes
What is Learning Support? Learning Support is the program through which we offer online discussion classes for our students. Learning Support, like many of the other services we offer, was developed at the request of our families. The Learning Support (LS) classes are a way to enhance the development of the student's intellectual ability. Discussion is a key to our program defending and presenting opinions in class help the students love learning and improve their written work, because they come to an understanding of the different positions first through the spoken word. We welcome any parent to sit in on the classes that her (or his) students are doing with us. (Please email us about how this may be done.) It is our hope that discussions in the class encourage the students and parents to continue the discussion together after class.
What are the benefits of Learning Support? More teaching time, accountability, structure, group discussion, and camaraderie are the benefits of Learning Support. Students must move at a regular pace and meet deadline. Small class size allows teachers to pay attention to individual students, but do so in a group setting. Class size is limited to ensure maximum benefit to students. Some classes, like Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, and Story Hour, provide opportunities for students to participate in an activity without any homework or preparation time on the part of the parent. Students simply need to show up to class for such courses as these. Teachers for all courses are available for questions outside of class as well. It is our intention that the LS classes will facilitate discussion in your home, and enhance your child's learning experience without replacing you as the primary teacher.
We hope everyone will benefit from these classes! However, students who may need to go at a slower pace than the syllabus may want to consider using the Directed or Enhanced Directed option of the Teacher Services (TS) Program in lieu of these classes.
How does Learning Support work? Learning Support classes meet on a regular basis. You are able to sign up for the courses we offer on our Family Site. Classes are conducted weekly (or twice weekly in some cases) via the online conference program, Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect provides a virtual classroom which requires a computer, headset, and high speed internet connection. Please see the Tech Info portion of this website for additional information. The link to the virtual classroom is posted to your particular page of our Family Site once your student is assigned to a section. In class, the students work on new concepts with the teacher and review previous concepts, employing the discussion method. Students receive approximately one hour of class teaching per week. Students do not have personal one-on-one calls with their teacher as a general rule.
Who are your teachers?The teachers in the Learning Support (LS) classes are all qualified for their positions. There are chosen for their knowledge and ability in their fields. Teachers for the MODG mathematics and science courses, for example, all have at least the equivalent of a BA most in a related specific subject field. Three of the science and mathematics teachers are engineers, one has a PhD in her field, several have a BA in science or mathematics, while others have BAs from Thomas Aquinas College, which has enough credit hours in its program for a minor in mathematics. Teachers for the history courses are all qualified for their subject as well. Most have a BA from Thomas Aquinas College or from Christendom College; both colleges prepare the student particularly well for the considerations that arise in the MODG history courses. In religion, where discussion of the material is very important, so that the students can truly make the material their own, teachers are selected particularly for their ability to facilitate Socratic discussion and a familiarity with the material. In the Latin courses, teachers are all selected for their knowledge of Latin and of the particular materials MODG uses, as well as their proven track record in teaching Latin successfully.
How much do Learning Support classes cost? The fees for this program are based on the type of course and whether or not grading is included.
Learning Support Course with grading
$420 per year
Religion 8-12 Learning Support without grading
$260 per year
Grades 3-5 Classes & Fine Arts 6-7
$130 per year
Grades 6-7 Religion and Science Classes & Fine Arts 8
$260 per year
To download our entire 2015-2016 Course Catalogue, click here.
- Parent Orientation Week: August 24th - 26th
- Student Orientation Week: August 31st - September 4th
- Thanksgiving Break: November 23rd - 27th
- Christmas Break Begins: December 15th (Tuesday)
- Classes Resume: January 5th (Tuesday)
- Easter Break: March 24th - 30th
- Official End Date: May 13th