Educational Support


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Recognizing that there are as many learning styles as there are learners, Salesianum School seeks to assist all students to, "Be who they are and to be that well."

While Salesianum does not have a special education program, students with diagnosed, documented special learning needs may benefit from educational support programs provided by the Brisson Center or Trinity Program. Students with special learning needs who have the cognitive aptitude and basic skills necessary for academic success may be academically successful at Salesianum.

The Brisson Center opened in 2009 to provide support services and to assist students in becoming self-sufficient and academically successful learners. It is named after Fr. Louis Brisson, OSFS who co-founded the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales with Sr. Mary de Sales Chappuis, VHM. 

Salesianum provides all students with structure, consistency and support. Brisson Center staff members monitor the academic progress of students who may be academically at risk because of a diagnosed and documented medical condition, learning disability, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Members of the entering freshman class who may need services are identified through the admissions process. Students with special learning needs may be assisted for all four years of high school and specially guided through the college admissions process.

Brisson Center Services

All Brisson Center students receive:

  • A space for students receiving Brisson Center Services to work under the direction of faculty during their open time
  • The Brisson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Thursday afternoons and until 3:30 on Fridays after dismissal to assist students in seeking additional assistance from Brisson Center teachers, their classroom teachers or from a peer tutor.

In addition to the above services, freshmen and transfer students receive:

  • Careful review of a student’s academic records and medical and psycho-educational documentation.
  • Personal interviews with student and parents.
  • Development of an academic accommodations and support plan.
  • A space for students receiving Brisson Center Services to work under the direction of faculty during their open time.
  • Communication to parents regarding their son’s academic progress and use of Brisson Center Services once per academic cycle (seven days).
  • A workshop for parents to assist them in understanding the services available to their son, the school’s grading policies, web-based and on-line programs and iPad implementation.
  • A workshop for students receiving Brisson Center services who did not attend the Brisson Center Summer Session to assist them in using the iPad for organizing and managing work completion.

Students are registered to receive Brisson Center Services for a full year. This is a fee based service. 

The fee for the 2017-2018 school year is $800.00

Trinity Services

Trinity (3 to 1) services are designed for the college-bound student with specifically diagnosed and documented mild learning disabilities or attention deficits.  This level of service was created to provide more intensive support to students who need individualized assistance to enable them to achieve their academic goals.  Our patron reminds each of us to “Be who you are and be that well.”  Salesianum School believes that each student should learn and grow according to his individual talents. 

A Salesianum student who is enrolled for the Trinity level of educational service will have available to him all of the Brisson Center Services.  In addition to the Brisson Center Services the student will meet with a Trinity teacher during five class meetings in his seven day course schedule.  A maximum of three students are assigned to one teacher in that class period.  Under the guidance of the Director of Educational Support Services the Trinity teacher will assist the student by:

  • Acting as a liaison between the student, school and family by communicating with parents and classroom teachers a minimum of five times per cycle.
  • Reviewing the student’s onCampus account daily to monitor assignments and work completion.
  • Reviewing, adapting, differentiating academic material with the student as needed.
  • Reading and implementing suggested academic accommodations outlined in the student’s psycho-educational evaluation.
  • Designing and implementing daily lesson plans and remedial work to assist the student in successfully completing his academic requirements.
  • Helping the student to develop effective study skills and test taking strategies.
  • Helping the student to develop skills in effective time management, organization and self-advocacy that are necessary for him to be successful at Salesianum and as he transitions to college.
  • Developing an “Action Plan” for a student if his grade falls below a C midway through a marking period. 

Parents of students receiving the Trinity level of service will have the opportunity to attend a monthly evening meeting with their son’s Trinity teacher and the Director of Educational Support Services.  

Students are registered to receive Trinity Services for a full year. This is a fee based service. 

The fee for the 2017-2018 school year is $6,100.00.

Meet the Staff

Mrs. Susan Gardner serves as the Director of Educational Support Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree from La Salle University, and a Certification in Spiritual Direction from Neumann College. You may contact her at 302-356-2632 or at sgardner@salesianum.org.

Mr. Tim Byrne is a Trinity Teacher and Brisson Faculty Associate.

Ms. Christine Hrinak is a Trinity Teacher and Brisson Faculty Associate.

Mrs. Marie Classen is a Brisson Faculty Associate.

Mrs. Jacqui Gaskill is the Assistant to the Director.

Entrance Placement Accommodations

Parents and students are advised to declare special needs when registering for the Salesianum School entrance and placement test. Documentation is required, and may consist of a psycho-educational evaluation, an Individual Education Plan (IEP), and/ or a Comprehensive Educational Report (CER). Medical documentation is appropriate in some cases. Please contact Susan Gardner, Director of Educational Support Services for more information about required documentation.

Documentation may provide an opportunity for a student to take the entrance and placement test using extended time accommodation, which provides the student with up to 50% more time. Documentation also provides Salesianum with information that enables the Academic Dean's office to appropriately plan a student’s academic curriculum.

Special Needs Accommodations

In an effort to ensure that every student succeeds to the best of his ability, a variety of educational accommodations are being used by Salesianum students. Instructional or evaluative accommodation is dependent upon the student’s individual diagnosed and documented special learning needs. Below are examples of current accommodations. Additional methods may be available. 

  • Extended time testing: Qualified students may receive up to 50% more time for classroom tests.
  • iPad: Audio support of texts.