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Learning Center Mission & Vision

The Learning Center offers students a quiet environment where students can study – independently or in small peer groups, receive direct instruction in study skills that they will need to be successful in school, use assistive technologies, do homework, and organize their time and schedules.  Parents can also work with our Learning Specialist to help them communicate with teachers regarding each student’s unique educational profiles, recommend outside tutoring or educational assessment services, and request College Board/ACT accommodations for students diagnosed with LDs and attention disorders. In all, we are committed to creating a community of learners that embraces all learning styles and differences.

Services Provided

The Learning Center provides students the opportunity to gain key academic skills in these areas:

  • Study skills

  • Test-taking

  • Note-taking

  • Organizational Skills

  • Time Management

  • Best practices for different learning styles

  • Self-advocacy


In addition, The Learning Center offers assistance with the following to further encourage students to become active learners and to help improve academic performance:


  • Accessibility to audio books through our school library

  • Education plans for students diagnosed with learning or attentional challenges

  • Assistance with obtaining accommodations for ACT/SAT's

  • Educational referrals for tutors, educational therapists and psycho-educational testing

  • Workshops through the Parents Education Network (PEN)

Curricular/Testing Accommodations

Accommodations are alternative ways for students diagnosed with learning, attention and emotional challenges to fulfill course work and show that they have learned the content material of each course. Accommodations will be provided in a respectful and supportive manner.  Note: The Marin School adheres to a UC approved College preparatory curriculum and therefore does not provide curricular modifications for course completion.


The following accommodations are available to students who can provide documentation of an LD or an attention issue (see below for documentation requirements):



  • Extended time (time and a half)

  • Separate location

  • Use of calculator

  • Use of computer for writing

  • Directions provided orally and in writing

  • Frequent breaks



  • Extended time (up to 3 day extension)

  • Modified length

  • Use of audio-books

  • Chunking (breaking up long tasks into smaller/manageable chunks)



  • Preferential seating

  • Note-taking assistance

  • Use of calculator

  • Use of computer

  • Frequent breaks


Learning Center

  • Study Skills instruction

  • Homework help

  • Organizational help

Jennifer Bell

Director of Learning Services


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Documentation Requirements


Click here to download documentation requirements to establish eligibility for accommodations

Program for Academic Success

TMS offers a unique and inclusive program for students with learning differences. 

The Marin School celebrates and encourages diverse thinking and learning. Our students are engaged and inspired, learning in an environment that supports collaboration - not competition. TMS offers a unique and inclusive program for students with learning differences.


Our Program for Academic Success is for students who need specialized support in one or more areas of study to be successful in a college preparatory curriculum.


The students in this program have exceptional strengths as well as challenges - they are extremely motivated, eager to learn, and participate fully in our school community. Receiving support from this program is just one aspect of a student’s high school experience at TMS.

Students enrolled in the PAS program receive:

  • Dedicated Study Hall 

  • Specialized instruction 

  • Individual Support 

  • Student Success Plan  created collaboratively with the Director of Learning Services, parents, and student.

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