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La Salle Program

Marilynn Duker and Dale McArdle

Calvert Hall was a godsend for our son. The school changed his path in such a positive way. By the time he got to college, he didn’t need accommodations. No school does it as well as Calvert Hall — the School helped him grow in really meaningful ways.
The La Salle Program serves a group of bright, college-bound students with identified reading and/or written language learning disabilities.
The goal of the program is to provide direct instruction for skill development while increasing each student’s understanding of his learning strengths and needs as he becomes his own advocate. A two-pronged approach is vital to enable each student to achieve his potential and be well prepared for college. Individualized instruction in a 1:1 or 1:2 daily La Salle class targets each student’s reading and writing skill weaknesses. Additional skills addressed include organization, time management, study strategies, SAT/ACT test prep, and assistance with the college selection and application process.

For more information, contact Mrs. Jennifer Healy, Director, La Salle Program, 410-825-4266.

It is not a question of students needing the program to survive Calvert Hall, it is about helping them thrive and developing their full potential.

Please click on the brochure above or visit the How To Apply page under Admissions.
Please Note: to apply for the La Salle program you will need current (within the past year) psychological and educational testing submitted with the regular application. Please see the brochure under downloads on the admissions pages for more information.

Educational Plans & Progress Assessment

An individualized educational plan is developed yearly to detail each student’s program. It includes the student’s strengths and weaknesses, long term goals, short term objectives and the accommodations that will be received in his other classes. While there are no course or content modifications made for La Salle students, they receive appropriate accommodations in instructional techniques and/or testing procedures, such as extra time on tests (up to time and a half), help with note taking and differential grading of in-class assignments (content vs. mechanics). Detailed narrative progress reports are written at the end of each semester. More frequent updates on student progress can be obtained through the student’s La Salle teacher or through Netclassroom. To further facilitate implementation of the student’s program, there is ongoing communication between his La Salle and classroom teachers.

Resources for Parents

The La Salle Director and teachers are available by phone, email, or in-person as needed. Additionally, the La Salle Parents’ Group meets monthly to address issues of mutual concern in an open forum or with guest speakers on a range of topics. A substantial library of printed and audiovisual materials is also available.

College Matriculation

Below is just a sampling of the colleges that La Salle students have attended:

  • Case Western University
  • Salisbury University
  • Catholic University
  • Stevenson University
  • Colorado State University
  • Syracuse University
  • Drexel University
  • University of Alabama
  • George Mason University
  • University of Kansas
  • Hood College
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Loyola University
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • University of Tampa
  • Penn State University
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Washington College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Widener University
  • Roanoke College
  • West Virginia University
  • Rutgers University
  • York College


The La Salle Program Class of 2020 (17 Students) earned $2,200,000 in scholarships, grants, and fellowships.

Learning Specialists

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Jennifer Healy

    Jennifer Healy 

    Director of La Salle Program
    Johns Hopkins University - B.S.
    Northwestern University - M.A.
  • Photo of Aimee Briglio

    Aimee Briglio 

    Northwestern University - M.A.
    Agnes Scott University - B.S.
  • Photo of Linda Cerino

    Linda Cerino 

    Towson University - B.S.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.S.
  • Photo of Jolene Choby

    Jolene Choby 

    Edinboro University - B.S.
    Edinboro University - M.A.
  • Photo of Lindsay Harris

    Lindsay Harris 

    James Madison University - B.A.
    Goucher College - M.A.T.
  • Photo of Patricia Kear

    Patricia Kear 

    Loyola University - B.A.
    Loyola University - M.S.
  • Photo of Ann McKee

    Ann McKee 

    Loyola University - M.S.
    University of Oregon - B. Arch.
  • Photo of Gretchen Montcalmo

    Gretchen Montcalmo 

    Loyola University Maryland - M.S.
    Loyola University Maryland - B.S.