Academic Support

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JLA students have the opportunity to attend tutorials for each class they are enrolled in. The purpose of tutorial is to provide students with review and assistance on material covered in class. All teachers have tutorial/office hours each week either on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Tutorial runs from 4:10 – 4:55 PM during the Option 9 block, and students are welcome to attend as often as they desire. Teachers may also request that a student attend a tutorial class if the teacher believes it is pertinent.

Learning Specialist

Given the small class sizes at JLA, the Learning Specialist provides each student with tailored support. Students frequently come to academically demanding settings with a variety of learning needs, including learning disabilities, giftedness, and other exceptionalities. The Learning Specialist is essential in ensuring that students who are struggling academically receive the specialized support they need, that gifted students are appropriately challenged, and that the curriculum is thoughtfully differentiated to meet the diverse and individual learning needs of each student.

01. Individualized Support

In collaboration with students, staff, and parents, our Learning Specialist identifies students’ areas of growth and areas of strengths in order to create individualized learning plans. Learning plans can include, but are not limited to, accommodations and enrichment opportunities tailored to each students’ needs. Our goal is to ensure highly motivated students remain engaged, challenged and supported throughout their academic journey despite their learning differences.

02. Progress Monitoring

Monitor students’ academic progress throughout the year and ensure they are performing at their best.

03. Collaboration

Work alongside students, teachers, and parents to create a cohesive support system for the student.

Johanna Lopez

Learning Specialist

Passionate about fostering academic, social, and emotional growth in students. Ms. Johanna Lopez is a rare Learning Specialist who is also a nationally certified school psychologist.

She holds an Ed.S in School Psychology from Florida International University, and a B.S from the University of Miami.

Ms. Lopez spent seven years as the Associate Site Director of Breakthrough Miami’s Palmer Trinity and Carrollton School sites, a program that provides motivated middle-school students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their most ambitious goals in life. After completing her degree in School Psychology, Ms. Lopez moved on to the University of Florida’s Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics Clinic where she spent two years as a school psychologist working closely with students, parents, and staff across various age groups, ranging from Pre-K to college students. Her expertise and dedication have been instrumental in ensuring the holistic development of students. Beyond her professional endeavors, Johanna finds joy in volunteering with Autism on the Seas, a cause close to her heart. During her leisure time, she loves traveling, photography, and salsa dancing.


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