Learning Center

Fountain Valley School of Colorado’s Learning Center offers relevant and timely educational support for both students with identified and documented learning differences, as well as students who may struggle with particular content-area and skill sets issues.

Students who have documented learning differences are accommodated within our program’s accommodations guidelines, and the Learning Center staff works with students and faculty members to provide a platform for academic success. Additionally, the staff works with graduating students in the spring of their senior year to navigate access to accommodations at their chosen colleges.

Students who need short-term help with study skills, organization and/or test taking strategies can also meet with Learning Center staff either one-on-one or in small groups with scheduled appointments arranged in-person or via email.

The School also provides more structured, regular and long-term academic support through our Academic Skills Instructional Program. This program is available to a limited number of students each year and requires an additional fee.

Independent Evaluation Documentation Guidelines

Additional Support

List of 5 items.

  • ESL Program

    Fountain Valley School offers a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for non-native speakers. Students can enroll in ESL English, history and biology courses. As their English skills develop, students transition to non-ESL classes at the discretion of the ESL director. The director of the ESL Program provides additional individual support and guidance to ESL students on a regular basis. An additional fee is charged to students in the ESL Program.
  • Extra Help

    Students are encouraged to meet with teachers for extra help as needed. Faculty may also direct individual students to attend extra help sessions. Teachers have individual guidelines about the times and places they are available for extra help both during and outside the school day, so students are encouraged to keep a list of these times for each teacher. Students can also seek help in the evenings when their teachers are on duty.
  • Peer Tutoring

    Students in the Froelicher Society, Fountain Valley School’s academic honor society, offer tutoring in specific subjects to their peers. In addition, members of the Hispanic Honor Society can provide free tutoring in Spanish.
  • Professional Tutoring

    When a student needs academic assistance beyond the resources available at the School in a particular subject, outside professional tutoring can be arranged. Once the School has put the student and tutor in touch, the parents and the tutor handle financial arrangements and scheduling.
  • Evening Study Hall

    All boarding students participate in evening study hall on Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., all students are expected to study independently or study with teachers on duty. Some students are assigned to supervised evening study hall during this time period, including all new freshmen and new sophomores throughout the first quarter, and any students who need support in getting their work done satisfactorily. From 9 to 10 p.m., students are able to work independently, collaborate with their peers on group projects, study together for a test or quiz, or get extra help from their teachers. Students have access to the John B. Hawley Jr. Library, William Thayer Tutt Arts Center, the Learning Center, music practice rooms and the computer lab during evening study hall.

Learning Center Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Dorothy Strehl

    Dorothy Strehl 

    Director of the Learning Center, ESL Faculty
    University of Utah - B.A.
    Utah State University - M.Ed.
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  • Photo of Sarah Webb

    Sarah Webb 

    Learning Specialist
    University of Hawaii, Manoa - B.A.
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  • Photo of Anna Birnbaum

    Anna Birnbaum 

    Assistant Dean of Students, Dir. of Residential Life, Mathematics Faculty, Learning Center
    Colgate University - B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.S.E.d
6155 Fountain Valley School Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80911