The Learning Services Program is an academic resource for students, parents, and teachers.
The program aims to improve the academic performance of all students at Mercersburg Academy, to help students with academic difficulties, and to provide resources and information pertaining to the learning process. The Office of Learning Services consults with students on an individual basis about improving academic performance, including help with study techniques, test preparation, organizing time and materials, and working effectively in specific subject areas.
Located on the third floor of Irvine Hall, the Office of Learning Services is accessible to students throughout the day and by appointment.
The Office of Learning Services led by Margaret Maciulla, meets with students individually to help them identify their academic challenges and potential causes for their struggles. Working with tutors, the office develops various strategies to assist students with their studies, guides them toward other resources available on campus as needed, and confers with teachers, the student’s adviser, the student, and parents about further steps to improve academic work.
- Arranges for individual tutoring by a staff of adult instructors on an as-needed basis.
- Refers some students for educational testing from an outside professional who can examine more thoroughly where a student struggles and recommend appropriate strategies and accommodations that would assist the student.
- Reviews educational testing, IEPs, and 504 plans, and develops an official accommodations plan if a student enrolls at Mercersburg Academy with documentation from a previous school.
- Submits requests to the ACT and the College Board (PSATs, SATs, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams) for appropriate accommodations on those standardized tests.
In addition to the Office of Learning Services, Help Centers are available on campus and have open hours throughout the week during evening study hours. These centers specialize in Writing, Language, and Math and Science, and are staffed by faculty members along with friendly, helpful students who have strong academic skills in that particular discipline.