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The Fishburne Learning Center

The Fishburne Learning Center, named in honor of Junius Fishburne and initially funded by The Perry Foundation, opened its doors in 1994 under Headmaster Edward M. McFarlane. From its inception, the Fishburne Learning Center was charged with serving as a resource for all BRS students and faculty. This charge is based on the assertion that all students, including those with a learning difference, need and deserve an interactive, multisensory and considerate learning environment.

We work best with boys who have mild to moderate learning disabilities and or ADD/ADHD, particularly when the differences are linked to memory, executive function, reading comprehension and processing speed. The student doesn't have to understand his difference  but has to realize that he is a non-traditional learner and will thus benefit from non-traditional methods. The successful student from this category comes to BRS to achieve academic success by using strategies specifically tailored to that individual.

Soon after he arrives, each boy is presented a learning profile that is based on evaluation data and file information compiled by Dr. Miller and the staff in the FLC. This profile notes individual strengths and needs, and suggests classroom and study approaches suited to those strengths and needs.

The FLC faculty are highly qualified teachers and experts in learning differences. They offer:

• a visual interpretation of each student’s educational testing, augmented by a written summary of each student’s learning strengths and needs

• extra help to any boy with a particular subject or study skill

• an environment in which each student may recognize, understand and come to "own" his unique learning profile with emphasis on tapping his academic strengths.

Fishburne Learning Center courses:

(These courses involve an additional fee.)

  • Twice-weekly skill-building classes in organization, time management and critical thinking
  • Daily classes to address mild-to-moderate needs in reading, mathematics and/or written expression

Fishburne Learning Center courses are designed to improve a student's academic skills and his metacognitive skills - those skills that allow one to monitor, evaluate and alter one's approach to academic tasks in order to achieve a more desirable outcome. (Studies of successful individuals with learning differences have highlighted metacognitive skills as a primary factor in predicting an individual's post-secondary success.)

Students enrolled in Fishburne Learning Center courses also benefit from frequent and direct communication between their teachers and the Learning Center staff.  Each student is an active participant in this communication process as he takes on a growing level of responsibility for the communication so that he may enter college as an assured and effective self-advocate.

Assistive Technology:

Successful individuals with learning differences use technology to assist them in their learning, not to do their learning for them.  Toward that end, the Fishburne Learning Center teaches and encourages responsible use of assistive technology such as digitized textbooks and novels, text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, and interactive online reading and writing programs.


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