Support for Learning Differences

The VMS community embraces individual ways of learning and is committed to supporting children in an inclusive classroom with additional supports. The professionals in Student Support Services collaborate with students, parents and faculty members to create student-centered learning plans, which guide teachers' instruction and increases students' application of learning skills. These plans are designed to increase student opportunity to show mastery of content through multiple means.

When it has been determined that a student can benefit from academic accommodations such as extended time, visual aids, enrichment, or a modified workload, Student Support Services works with with teachers to implement these plans. Additionally, this department provides remedial and enrichment opportunities for students K-12. This can take the form of co-teaching in the general classroom, meeting individually or in small groups with students, or mentoring students after school.  

VMS employs two full-time professionals in the Student Support Services who hold graduate degrees and have formal training and expertise working with students who learn differently. Additionally, the department includes a clinical psychologist who provides consultation, short term counseling and crisis triage services, and primary prevention programming for the K-12 student and parent community.