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The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), formerly The Learning Center/TLC, is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment, where students feel comfortable asking questions, seeking help, and learning to embrace challenges as opportunities for personal growth. The goal of the CAE is to ensure that every student at Shorecrest accesses its many resources and opportunities, in order to unlock each student's full potential. CAE serves all students of our school to ensure academic success at all levels including Alpha, JK, and K-12.

Shorecrest is home to students who are bright, kind, and ready to learn. Our focus is on the whole child, moving past labels to understand each child’s unique underlying story.

Our evidence-based curriculum and instructional methodologies have been proven to be effective in supporting students whose academic performance does not match their cognitive potential.

The secret of education lies in respecting the students.

CAE’s philosophy is simple: respect the student. Everything evolves from this premise. Respect that every student can learn, and that each student learns differently. From this shared respect grows a welcoming atmosphere, our staff’s nurturing disposition, and the personalized, specialized educational programs. We believe in a strong team approach to optimize student achievement.

The Center for Academic Excellence demonstrates its commitment to student respect by:

  • Teaching essential skills to mastery using specialized, research-based programs
  • Honoring each student’s unique learning style
  • Honoring each student’s interests and abilities

Who Uses CAE?

  • Students who have questions or want a place to study with the opportunity to ask questions from a specialist.
  • Students who want to enhance their academic skills and/or improve their grades.
  • Students who want to learn time management and organizational skills.
  • Students who want to have a deeper understanding of how they learn, their strengths, and more to reach their potential.
  • Students who want to meet regularly with a coach or specialist to increase their confidence.

We have success with many students who have a variety of mild to moderate learning differences and other disabilities. Since every student is unique, please contact us to discuss your child’s specific needs.

Services Included in Tuition

  • Consultation with parents regarding any academic concerns
  • Informal assessment of individual students highlighting their strengths and areas for growth
  • Assist teachers with supplemental instructional methods for individualizing and differentiating instruction
  • Screenings by speech/language and occupational therapists
  • Assistive technology (including text to speech, dictation, etc.) and related support
  • Liaison between parents, students, and faculty to provide guidance and expertise to help students reach their educational goals
  • Provide students with an extra line of academic support when necessary. Parents are encouraged to contact The Center for Academic Excellence for guidance with their student's educational needs.
  • Suggest strategies and provide information on how to help students become more independent, active learners
  • Provide a lending library for various topics such as parenting, learning differences, and study skills
  • Offer testing accommodations for qualified students (see the Shorecrest Accommodation Policy in the Family Handbook)
  • Work collaboratively with faculty in and out of the classroom
  • Coordinate team meetings
  • CAE and Literacy Specialists may provide differentiated small group instruction in conjunction with classroom teachers
  • Coordinate the referral process for educational evaluations:

Families requesting teachers to complete any observation forms required by an evaluation center must send the forms directly to The The Center for Academic Excellence for distribution to your child’s current teachers. 

Additional Paid Services Available

Specialized Academic Tutoring

Specialists in The Center for Academic Excellence are committed to providing individualized tutoring for any student Kindergarten -12th grade who wants to enrich or add learning techniques, study skills, or organizational skills to make learning more productive and effective.

Specialists are credentialed in the subject areas they teach. Additionally CAE includes specialists with advanced training in the Wilson System, Barton System, and Orton-Gillingham which are multisensory, structured language approaches to teach reading and writing.

Tutoring for Middle and Upper School students happens either after school or during a free period during the school day. Tutoring for Lower School students happens either during the school day or after school.


Speech/Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists work with teachers, parents, and students to make sure students reach their potential. Many of our students receive speech and language therapy and/or occupational therapy during the school day. This allows the students to learn skills that will directly impact their academic and social learning in and out of the classroom.

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