High School Education Services & Tutoring

Individualized Instruction - Tutoring

Tutoring services provide students with direct individual teacher instruction for skill development or enrichment in a specific subject area. Each Tutoring Plan is customized to individual student's needs. Our staff are trained/certified in general education curriculum and many in specialized instructional services, such as:

Reading: Project Read, Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, Visualizing and Verbalizing, LIPS, Framing Your Thoughts.

Math: Semple Math, Cloud Nine, Solve, Pirate Math

National Test Prep: PSAT, SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, GED

Subject Areas: Elementary and Secondary - Reading (phonics, fluency), Reading Comprehension, Written Language, Math, Sciences, and Study Skills.

Homework Support

This service is for students and families who are interested in having a student work on assignments that have been provided by the student's teachers. Additional instruction and resource material may be used to further student understanding. This service provides clarification and guidance for homework; it does not provide remedial or enrichment tutoring.

Educational Coaching

Education Coaching is a service to assist students in learning how to reach their education potential. Study skills and tutoring services teach a set of instructional strategies or skills to improve specific subject areas or strategies for organization, such as using a planner. Students who work with a coach learn about their unique learning profile and learn skills/strategies that are best suited to how they learn. Students don't just learn the "what" of the skill; they learn "how" to apply and generalize the skill.

ADHD or Executive Functioning Coaching

1. Identifying your specific strengths and weaknesses
2. Setting realistic goals
3. Learning to prioritize
4. Creating necessary structures to stay on track and meet deadlines
5. Utilizing strategies without giving up; becoming more resilient
6. Improving organizational and time management skills
7. Self-motivating by means of your "internal dialogue" and self-observation
8. Learning productive ways to handle details of your daily life
9. Improving personal habits, such as exercise and nutrition
10. Setting up a more efficient environment to meet your need

Social Coaching

Social Coaching is for clients with challenges in social communication, which affects social interactions and communication. Clients may also have impaired executive functioning. Executive and social thinking coaching can be combined. Social Coaching includes, but is not limited to the following:

(Social Thinking, Michelle Garcia Winners, www.socialthinking.org)

Transition Coaching

Transition services addresses clients in the process of "launching" who have average and above cognitive potential. But may also have challenges to the following: executive functioning, academic learning, social thinking/ communication, emotional regulation and functional independent skills. Clients may also be diagnosed with disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Depression, Specific Learning Disability, Social Communication Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. Our clients range from age 18 to 35 years old.

Listed below are some, but not all, of the educational or employment challenges that clients might encounter:

The North Star Difference: Coaching and Instructing "HOW" not just "what" to do.

North Star Transition Services provides coaching and instruction for clients to learn a skill set that will allow them to navigate post-secondary and employment environmental demands. In doing so clients come to "own" a personalized method of thinking/problem solving which can be applied in varied situations/tasks across all settings.

The foundation of North Star's Transition Service is built on the highly regarded research/programs and neuro-developmental constructs of Dr. Mel Levine and social thinking research/programs of Michelle Garcia Winners. In addition, North Star draws upon other well-researched programs in the fields of Developmental Education, Speech/Language, Special Education, Executive Functioning, Brain-based Learning and Psychology.

College Coaching and Planning

The road to college acceptance is filled with an array of paperwork, choices and opportunities. It is a time that can be both exciting and also extremely stressful. College Coaching reduces the anxiety of this process for students and parents alike. Using the student's learning profile, goals and interests, we work together to break down the application process into manageable steps, create time lines, research the wide variety of college requirements and monitor that the process is completed by expected deadlines. Coaches can work with students and their families at any time in the process.