The mission of the Academic Resource Center or ARC is to provide support to students who are struggling with academic success at La Salle Academy. This support manifests itself in the form of coaching, mentoring, and tutoring students to realize their potential as productive and creative individuals in a Catholic learning community. The ARC serves between 80-140 students, grades 9-12, each year and has proven to decrease the number of students who are ineligible for athletic and extracurricular activities and events. Students are referred to the ARC by their guidance counselor, teacher, and/or dean for a wide variety of reasons, including poor grades, lack of motivation, behavior, disorganization, and necessary accommodations through IEP's and/or 504 plans.
Students in the ARC have their academic performance regularly monitored by teachers and are tutored in subject areas on a daily basis. Students learn how to effectively organize their notebooks, lockers, and planners and have increased contact with their subject area teacher to encourage better direct communication skills. The ARC mentors students to become involved in the community of learning and promotes independence, self-confidence, and creativity in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Students have access to a wide array of resources, supplies, and materials to use for projects, homework, and test preparation.
The purpose of the ARC is best captured in a quote by La Salle Academy graduate Navil Pichardo '08: "Throughout my childhood I had a personal hardship with learning how to read and write that, unfortunately, followed me into high school. When I started attending the ARC, not only did my grades improve, but I had a more optimistic view on life. The invaluable skills that I obtained in the ARC have been a crucial part of my college academic success."