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    Arch Learning

    The Arch Learning Community is a fee-based program designed to support students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or learning challenges such as attention and memory difficulties. It provides the following types of assistance for students to acquire the necessary skills to be successful in College: 

    • Individual coaching
    • Smaller-size college courses
    • Specialized academic advising
    • Weekly seminar

    Students may choose to enroll in the Arch Learning Community for one to four years depending on their individual needs. The structure of this program is a step-down approach focused on greater services in the first two years as students are taught how to learn, followed by a measured decrease in services over time, to prepare the student for graduation and their chosen career. The program is specifically designed to offer learning support for students with diagnosed learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, sensory processing, executive functioning disorder and nonverbal learning issues. 

    NOTE: Qualified students needing disability accommodations can obtain resonable accommodations through Disability Support Services.

    For more information contact Julie LeBlanc at 508-541-1768.

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      Arch Learning Community Enrollment and Application Resources

      Students who wish to apply for the Arch Learning Community program must meet certain criteria. Candidates will be considered for enrollment in the program based on the following criteria and review of required documents.

      Criteria 

      • A documented learning disability verified by a trained specialist such as licensed therapist, educational psychologist, psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist
      • A full scale IQ of 90 or above is strongly preferred
      • The ability to live independently in a college campus environment

      Application Process 

      Required Documentation

      • All testing must have been performed within the past three years and administered by a trained specialist such as licensed therapist, educational psychologist, psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist.
      • Aptitude/Cognitive Ability (WAIS, WIAT, Woodcock Johnson - III Cognitive Test of Ability)
      • Achievement (Woodcock Johnson - III Achievement Test)
      • Behavioral assessment such as BASC 2, Connors Rating Scale, Vanderbilt
      • Current IEP or 504 (optional)

      These required documentation must be submitted prior to the Arch interview.

      For more specific information on required documentation, please refer to the Disability Support Services webpage. 

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      Arch Learning Community Fees


      Learn more about the per semester fees associated with the services provided by the Arch Learning Community.

      The Arch Learning Community fee for the first year is $3,600 each semester. The second year fee is $3,200 for each semester and the third and fourth year fee is $2,300 each semester. 


      For more information contact Julie LeBlanc at 508-541-1768.

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      Arch Learning Community Sample Schedule


      The Arch Learning Community offers designated courses, a program orientation, and seminars. Learn more about these offerings and see samples by semester.

      Fall Semester 

      • Three (3) Arch designated courses. These courses are smaller in size and are taught by faculty committed to the Arch Learning Community mission. The unmodified curriculum is designed so students are pursuing full college-level coursework.
      • Pre-semester Arch Orientation Program.
      • Student Success Seminar.
      • Three (3) hours of academic coaching each week.
      • Arch-specific academic advising through the Morton Family Learning Center.

      Spring Semester 

      • Two (2) ARCH designated courses.
      • Student Success Seminar.
      • Three (3) hours of academic coaching each week.
      • Arch-specific academic advising through the Morton Family Learning Center.

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