STUDENT EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE PROGRAM (SERP)
JSerra is committed to providing a supportive environment that enables all students to achieve both their academic and spiritual potential.
As each student develops and learns at their own individual pace, we recognize that for students with diagnosed learning challenges supplemental academic support is required in order for them to be provided equitable access to their education. To meet this need, JSerra has developed the Student Educational Resource Program (SERP).
SERP takes a collaborative approach with teachers, students, and parents to not only provide our students with the academic support they need, but to also promote student self-esteem, self advocacy, and a positive attitude toward their education and learning process.
SERP Study Skills Course
This is a dedicated period of academic support available to all SERP students. Each class operates in a small group environment (10:2 student to teacher ratio) and is designed to prepare students for rigorous academic environments. Through the Study Skills Course, students will:
- Receive individualized case-management services
- Be provided academic support in Theology, English, Social Studies, Math, and Science
- Learn executive functioning strategies crucial for academic success
- Increase their ability for metacognition and synthesizing of information
- Foster independence, confidence, and self-advocacy
- Develop flexible and critical thinking skills, resiliency, and a growth mindset
Each SERP student is placed with one of our SERP Resource Specialists as their academic mentor. This person serves as the student's number one advocate on campus and the go-to resource for both the student and the parent. Students enrolled in a Study Skills Course will be paired with their mentor. This course is taken in lieu of an elective.
The JSerra Testing Center provides a distraction-limited, small-group environment for all SERP students. The Testing Center is open during all seven periods of the day, as well as from 3:00-4:00 p.m. after school.
Classroom and Testing Accommodations
All SERP students are placed on an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that contains their approved testing and classroom accommodations. These accommodations are determined, in part, based on the DSM-5 diagnoses made in the student's psycho-educational report. While recommendations made by psychologists, teachers, or other learning professionals are considered, all accommodations are ultimately approved by the program's director and must align with the Orange County Diocesan guidelines for providing academic support.
SERP Learning Center
Two SERP Resource Specialists will be available both before and after school to provide additional academic support. This is organized on a drop in basis so all SERP students can have access to this resource as needed throughout the school year.
As an independent Roman Catholic High School within the Diocese of Orange, JSerra Catholic High School follows the guidelines outlined by the Diocese of Orange for placement in academic support programs and providing classroom and testing accommodations. All JSerra-approved accommodations closely parallel those of College Board, ACT, and the DSM-5. More detailed information about the required documentation and the admission process into SERP can be found in the document below.
"Each child learns a different way. SERP provides this support for my child and for all the students in the department."
~ The P. Family, '20
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