Academics

Educational Support Services

Educational Support Services (ESS) is a program for students with a diagnosed mild to moderate learning difference. The type of support each student receives varies by division and individual student needs. ESS faculty work directly with mainstream teachers to assure that ESS students receive curriculum commensurate with, or the same as, other Heritage Hall students. Individualized/differentiated instruction, accommodation implementation, strong work ethic, student advocacy, and meaningful student-teacher relationships are all key components of the program.

The ESS program is designed for students with average to above-average intelligence, with no significant emotional or behavioral issues that would hinder academic and social success. Since Heritage Hall is a rigorous college preparatory environment, students must be motivated academically. Parental support of teacher recommendations and the program’s goals is vital to the success of each student in the program.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA
Acceptance into the ESS program is based on need (current psychoeducational testing is required), program compatibility, availability, and commitment to program requirements.  Due to different program configurations within each division, student placement is reviewed upon entry into Middle School (grade 5) and again when entering Upper School (grade 9).

Questions? Contact Admission, 405.749.3002.

SUPPORT SERVICES BY DIVISION

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  • Lower School

    Lower School Educational Support Services (ESS) consists of one full-time specialist who serves students with a diagnosed Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in grades 2 through 4. Students benefit from tailored multi-sensory instructional techniques that accommodate their unique needs. ESS instructs struggling readers and writers with small group and individualized instruction. ESS builds strong foundational skills and provides differentiated instruction with scaffolded support to develop proficient readers and writers. These foundational skills focus on phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition and automaticity, oral vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and fluency. As a student becomes a more proficient reader and writer, ESS continues to provide direct instruction using the regular classroom curriculum. Qualifying students attend ESS 60-90 minutes during the regular school day. ESS serves as a liaison between students, patrons, and teachers and informs classroom teachers of accommodations specific to each student’s learning needs. Students are encouraged to take risks and not be intimidated by mistakes or the need to seek assistance. Meaningful successes and positive experiences significantly enhance self-esteem and build confident learners.
  • Middle School

    The Middle School's ESS program consists of two full-time learning specialists who provide students with the tools, strategies, and confidence to achieve success in their core and elective classes. In addition, the program facilitates individual achievement, personal responsibility, and independence. Students attend at least one class a day with their ESS teacher and a small group of other ESS students. In most cases, ESS takes the place of a World Languages class. Students work on staying organized, keeping up with class work, understanding materials taught that day, and on preparation for upcoming tests and projects. The learning specialists are apprised of all homework and tests in each subject area. They work with the student and his/her teacher to determine which areas need extra assistance and focus. Accommodations may include extended-time testing, specific subject area notes, and the option to take tests in the ESS classroom if necessary.
  • Upper School

    The Upper School ESS is a tutorial program for grades 9-12. ESS students are fully mainstreamed and expected to meet all graduation requirements, with the exception of World Languages in some cases. Students meet with a learning specialist for one period a day, or every other day, in lieu of a study hall or an elective. Classes are divided by grade level and vary in size from one to five students per period. Students are supported in all core courses (not honors, AP, world languages, or electives). Students receive assistance in completing homework, preparing for tests and quizzes, writing papers, applying study skills, maintaining organization, prioritizing and recording homework, understanding their learning style(s), recognizing their strengths and weaknesses, and learning to self-advocate.  Classroom accommodations are based on psycho-educational test results and could include the following: extended time on tests and quizzes, teacher provided class notes, permission to record class lectures, use of a laptop for essay writing, use of a calculator, permission to listen to audio novels, and preferred seating.

MEET OUR TEAM

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    Victoria Beeson 

    Director of Educational Support Services (Grade 9)
    405.749.3030
    University of Central Oklahoma - BS
    University of Central Oklahoma - BS
  • Photo of Kristi Koures

    Kristi Koures 

    US Educational Support Service (Grade 12)
    University of Texas at Austin - MA
    University of Colorado at Boulder - BA
  • Photo of Priscilla Bordeaux

    Priscilla Bordeaux 

    US Educational Support Services (Grade 11)
  • Photo of William Elder

    William Elder 

    US Educational Support Services (Grade 10)
  • Photo of Courtney Ellingson

    Courtney Ellingson 

    MS Study Skills, MS Fine Arts
    405.936.3163
    Texas Christian University - BS
  • Photo of Paula Moll

    Paula Moll 

    MS Study Skills, MS Reading
    405.749.3020
    University of Central Oklahoma - M.Ed
  • Photo of Sharon Marion

    Sharon Marion 

    LS Educational Support Services
    405.749.3010
    University of Central Oklahoma - BS
1800 NW 122nd Street, 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
PHONE 405.749.3001   FAX 405.751.7372
Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.