Resource Specialist Program

The Learning Resource Center will be open daily to serve students who may need academic interventions and/or help with specific content area skills. The goal of this program is to recognize and nurture the talents and strengths of every child at Nativity, while remediating areas of academic weakness and providing support, through differentiation, providing interventions, and using specialized and multi-sensory teaching approaches.

The program is designed to serve students from Grades 1 through 8 with identified learning differences (LDs). We are committed to the academic, social, and spiritual well-being of each of our students. To that end, we encourage the development of strengths and talents while supporting academic areas of difficulty.

The classroom teachers refer students who may benefit from additional academic support to RSP. The Learning/Resource Specialist may perform additional screenings that can provide information about a student's learning strengths and differences. Interventions are monitored. The Response to Interventions (RTI) protocol determines further participation in RSP. Parents, teachers, and support staff will communicate and work together to share ideas. This will help tailor the learning program to best suit the learning style of the student. A Student Success Team (SST) may be formed to determine a specialized intervention plan to support your child.

Learning Resource Center


To be admitted into the RSP:

  • Classroom teacher begins with RTI and gives the student documented interventions in the general classroom.
  • Resource Specialist (RS) works with the classroom teacher and Pre-SST forms.
  • RS may observe the student and give additional educational testing.
  • RSP is offered and the parents must sign the parent permission letter.
  • Submit any of the following documentation: confidential educator recommendation forms, any psycho-educational evaluations or assessments, IEPs if available, student work samples, report cards, IOWA, SAT, or STARR testing scores.

The following is a profile of the Nativity student who would benefit most from the RSP Program:

  • A student with average cognitive skills
  • Struggling students who need the extra attention of a smaller class
  • A student whose difficulties are primarily a specific language disability
  • ADHD and LD students who follow a specific intervention plan (RSP students must turn all work in on time and must complete all assignments given by the general ed teacher.)
  • Students with Mild to Moderate learning differences (Nativity is not equipped or staffed to address students with severe learning differences.)

The following students would not be appropriately served in RSP:

  • Students diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Students diagnosed with any form of Autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Students diagnosed with Conduct Behavior Disorder
  • Students diagnosed with Disruptive Behavior Disorder

In order to mainstream:

  • The student must be working at grade level with minimum interventions.
  • The student must be able to focus in a large classroom setting.
  • The student must complete their assignments in a timely manner.

Eligibility in the Public School District:

The following list of disabilities qualify for special education services according to IDEA 2004. Students with disabilities who are parentally placed at Nativity would have the right to their proportional share of Federal special education funds (to be determined by the LEA,) timely and meaningful consultation, child find services, and in some cases an SST with the local school district and the creation of a Service Plan (not an IEP).

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment (ADHD, etc.)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment (4 classifications)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment