At Bishop Leibold School, our goal has always been to meet students where they are and help them reach the academic success that is specific to their individual needs. This year, we have adopted an approach that helps us more accurately identify the needs and strengths of our students in order to better serve them. Utilizing Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS), our team of intervention specialists, teachers, counselor, aides, and parents are able to come together and work as a unified team to meet students’ needs. Through differentiated classroom instruction and small group instructional support, individual strengths are fostered and praised while additional needs are addressed.
“MTSS is vital for us to be consistent as an entire staff,” says Dr. Theodore Wallace, principal of Bishop Leibold “in doing so, we are able to work with our students that need the most help, and our highest achievers so that they are being appropriately challenged in the classroom.”
MTSS is just one component of the strides that Bishop Leibold is taking to best meet our student's needs. This year, the school became an official provider of the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship (JPSN), a program that provides scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district. “The Jon Peterson Scholarship is a true testament to our commitment to students. It provides a unique opportunity for students to attend Bishop Leibold
School while still meeting their individual needs” says Elizabeth Mannella, program director of JPSN at Bishop Leibold “the program boasts inclusion of students in all academic settings and collaboration among faculty and staff.”
Bishop Leibold also is in year two of a partnership with The Reading Lab, a program that provides dyslexia testing, training & tutoring serving “bright but struggling” minds during the school day. “Our partnership with Bishop Leibold is quite unique since we have the opportunity to serve students during the school day. Families really appreciate this in addition to the impact it is having on helping the unlock the full potential of their children.” says Donna Donahue, director of The Reading Lab. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for our tutors, parents, and teachers at Bishop Leibold to work together for these students.”
It is enhancements to our programming through initiatives like those listed above, constant communication and collaboration among our staff, and dedication from families within the school that make Bishop Leibold School the best place for every student.