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Support Services

Ensuring academic success and personal well-being

Our team of learning specialists, certified counselors, nurses and psychologists supports students in a variety of ways and over varying lengths of time to ensure their academic success and personal well-being.

Academics
The SSS Learning Specialist offers curriculum support across all three divisions by offering a variety of workshops, visiting classrooms to speak about various topics, and supporting students with their studies. Faculty consult with the Learning Specialist to discuss strategies to improve the learning of all students. SSS works with students individually or in groups, counsels parents looking for ways to optimize their daughter's learning at home, and works with faculty to provide the strongest possible educational environment. In each division, the Learning Specialist is a member of the division’s Student Support team, which meets to discuss students individually and division-wide. In Lower School, a reading specialist works with students who require additional practice and reinforcement of those skills associated with proficient reading, and is a resource to faculty and parents as well.

Emotional
To address any emotional needs, our SSS staffers provide short-term individual counseling to students, lead classroom groups, consult with faculty and make referrals for evaluation and intervention as needed. They also work closely with administrators and teachers to address any emotional issues that may be interfering with a student’s academic progress. They teach courses such as Let's Care in Lower School, Courage to Be Me in Middle School, and Transitions in Upper School, which deal with relationship dynamics and navigating difficult social settings. They also implement the Inside/Outside program for sixth grade students, which targets body-esteem issues during a time of great social-emotional change in a girl's development. In each division, a counselor/clinician is available to students, faculty, and parents; that person is also a member of the division’s Student Support team.

Health
Working in cooperation with our Physical Education Department, the SSS staff regularly assess the overlap between the AIS health curriculum and its work. In the Transitions course, for example, students have the opportunity to learn about and discuss a range of topics, including friendship and communication, alcohol and drug use, peer pressure, relationships, sexuality and diversity.

Parents
It is our belief that by supporting parents as they help their daughters navigate an increasingly complex world, our Support Services staff are ultimately supporting our students. To that end, the SSS team offers a series of workshops for parents and students throughout the year that tackle issues ranging from the academic to the social/emotional.

View Learning Plan FAQs and List of Accommodations offered.

View Concussion Management information for Middle and Upper Schools – Concussion Letter, Concussion Protocol, Concussion Management Plan, and Concussion Management Procedures.

Support Services-Sponsored Clubs

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PALs

PALs, or the Peer Active-Listening program, trains Upper School students to be mentors and group facilitators. PALs offer support to Lower and Middle School students, focusing on the development of connections to each other and our larger community. PALs can help younger girls as they face challenges and strive to foster friendships by listening and sharing common experiences. In addition, these students are occasionally called upon to facilitate group discussions.

Psychology Club

Members of this student club have a shared interest in psychology as a social and behavioral science. This club serves as a resource to its members by giving them access to documentaries and films, as well as articles and books.

Elizabeth Barrows
Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist
ebarrows@agnesirwin.org

Kim Beamon-Morton
Lower School School Counselor
kbeamon@agnesirwin.org 

Anastasia Grillo
Upper School Counselor
agrillo@agnesirwin.org

Courtney Dougherty
Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist
cdougherty@agnesirwin.org


Shannon Finley
Middle School Learning Specialist
sfinley@agnesirwin.org

Joie Walsh
Lower School Learning Specialist
jwalsh@agnesirwin.org

Alicia Mathisen
Middle and Upper School Math and Science Support
amathisen@agnesirwin.org

Jeannine Kelley
Middle and Upper School Nurse

jfitzpatrick@agnesirwin.org 

Lorraine Lampe 
Lower School Nurse
lelampe@agnesirwin.org 


Dr. Elizabeth Sands
Assistant Director of Lower School
for Student Support
and Lower School Reading
Specialist

bsands@agnesirwin.org 

Dr. Helene Walker 
Middle School Psychologist
hwalker@agnesirwin.org

Middle/Upper School Learning Center

The Learning Center is a place where all students can receive academic counseling and support.  We offer curriculum support to students by providing academic skills instruction, teaching learning strategies, and coordinating classroom accommodations for eligible students. The Learning Center houses Learning Specialists, Math Specialists, Science Specialists and IU support.  The Learning Center assists students in recognizing their strengths, understanding and articulating their learning styles, providing personalized appropriate accommodations as needed, and encouraging each student to become her own advocate. The goal and responsibility of the Center is to foster the intellectual and personal growth of students, particularly those with a Learning Plan, and to be a resource for their teachers and their parents.


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AN ALL-GIRLS' INDEPENDENT COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR PREK-GRADE 12  •  Ithan Avenue & Conestoga Road, Rosemont, PA 19010  •  Tel 610.525.8400

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