The Learning Specialist contributes explicitly to the school’s mission to develop in students a lifelong love of learning by nurturing all students’ knowledge, critical skills, and creativity. Reporting to the Director of Counseling and Student Support, the Learning Specialist provides research-based academic support for students and collaborates with the Assistant Head for Student Life, faculty and administration in the implementation of creative, culturally responsive, and effective pedagogies to support all learners in the classroom. Working together with the Assistant Heads, the Director of Counseling and Student Support, the school psychologists and the School Counselor, the Learning Specialist contributes to a collaborative team dedicated to designing and implementing a dynamic and comprehensive program of academic, social, and emotional support for all Prep students.
• Provide short-term, one-on-one, and small-group learning support for students with learning differences.
• Collaborate with faculty and the student support team in the identification of students with learning differences.
• Coordinate testing of students by outside specialists, as needed.
• Evaluate reports, evaluations, and recommendations for accommodations from outside sources within the context of Prep policies and resources; clarify for families and students Prep policies with respect to accommodation.
• Develop learning plans for students diagnosed with learning differences, in collaboration with specialists, as appropriate. Communicate plans with faculty and parents, to ensure consistent understanding and implementation.
• Communicate regularly with Grade Level Deans and participate actively in Grade Level Meetings to identify emerging student needs and to communicate strategies for meeting student learning needs with faculty.
• Manage and maintain records of learning assessment reports and student accommodations conducted by specialists.
• Facilitate and coordinate student accommodations for assessments, both at Prep and with outside testing organizations (e.g. ACT and College Board).
• Liaise with parents, outside testing providers and specialists, and the faculty in supporting students with diagnosed learning differences.
• Communicate with and provide counsel and education to parents in supporting student learning.
• Support faculty in the development of teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of neurodiverse students in collaboration with the Assistant Head for Academic Life.
• Collaborate in the development and maintenance of research-based, professional resources for student support, accessible to students and faculty through the school website, school library, and school social media.
• Promote and support the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Research and maintain resources for alternative education/independent study programs for students requiring a leave of absence and liaise with such students as needed.
• Develop and maintain communication and documentation protocols related to learning support.
• Attend appropriate student activities and classes to understand the school community and student experience.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Nondiscrimination Policy Flintridge Preparatory School values the representation and full engagement of individuals within our community whose differences include—but are not limited to—intellectual perspective, age, ethnicity, family makeup, gender identity and expression, physical ability, race, national and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The school does not discriminate on any basis in its administration of its hiring practices, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Flintridge Preparatory School is a coed day school with 530 students, grades 7-12, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, just north of Los Angeles. The campus features state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and performing arts spaces, with a two-story library, inviting patios, fields, gym and pool. Faculty are collegial and collaborative, and students enjoy learning here. We’re often described as a community that takes the form of a school, and we seek and welcome applicants from all backgrounds and perspectives who will make our community even stronger.