A new, spacious High School Learning Center with current technology and a positive environment is boosting confidence, ratcheting up learning and making grades for St. Joseph’s Indian School’s high school students who attend Chamberlain High School in the community. It took little encouragement to draw students to the inviting center.
The High School Learning Center opened in fall 2019 in refurbished space in the Benedictine Building. The area includes a well-lit, large open area with a student union vibe and three quieter side rooms where students can receive individualized instruction from a tutor or just find the space they need to focus.
During its first quarter of operation, students embraced the center, made significant gains in grade-point averages and significantly brought down missing assignments. Students have access to the Learning Center Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 9 p.m.
Dan Stevens, who runs the center with additional support staff says the best part is watching the student succeed in their assignments and academic growth. He develops rapport with students through humor and respect. He works on media literacy with students to help them pick out stories that are factual, not biased, an important skill in the “information-highway” age.