Academic Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the McQuaid Jesuit Academic Center is to facilitate improved learning skills and enhanced academic performance in McQuaid Jesuit students through professional assessment, collaborative planning, and quality support services.

Program Details

The McQuaid Jesuit Academic Center is a “tutoring-based” effort that serves students of varying academic need. Working closely with members of the faculty and Guidance Department, the staff of the Academic Center assesses student need, develops plans to address those needs, and facilitates resources to achieve prescribed goals. Students are referred to the Academic Center in a variety of different ways:

Students with Individualized Education Programs

Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are referred to the Academic Center under the direction of Mr. Jeffrey Grifa, McQuaid Jesuit Guidance Counselor and coordinator of the IEP program.  Students with documented learning differences/ special education needs have access to services through Brighton Central School (BCS) district’s BOCES program. The Academic Center staff assists in the implementation of IEPs and coordinates related services and accommodations with the BCS BOCES staff.  Space and other resources are provided in the Academic Center.

For more information on IEPs and the resources available in addressing student learning differences, please contact Mr. Grifa at 585-256-6134.

Students in Need of Long-Term Academic Tutoring

Students with long-term academic needs are referred to the Academic Center based on their performance in previous academic periods, challenges in current classes, observations of teachers and counselors, and concerns of parents and guardians. This group would also include international students or those for whom English is not a first language or spoken at home.

Concerned parents should first consult with their sons’ teachers to begin the process of developing a learning plan in which individual tutoring could be an important component.  Teachers then collaborate with guidance counselors and members of the Academic Center staff.  The Academic Center has developed a directory of veteran tutors who assist students through ongoing tutoring relationships. Space and other resources are provided in the Academic Center. Tutoring relationships are contracted and financed individually between tutors and parents. Financial aid may be available.

Parents should contact their son’s teacher for more information on long-term tutoring needs.

Students in Need of Short-Term Academic Tutoring

Members of the Academic Center staff and the McQuaid Jesuit faculty are available in the Academic Center on a daily basis to help students develop study skills or grasp academic concepts.  Skills include organizational, study, and self-advocacy skills.  Teachers and guidance counselors work closely with the Academic Center staff to coordinate drop-in tutoring or skills development sessions.  This option is open to all students and does not incur additional costs to parents.

Parents should contact their son’s teacher for more information on short-term tutoring relationships.

For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the services of the Academic Center, please contact:

Ms. Kathleen VanHeyst

Academic Center Director

(585) 256-6105