The Browning Center has two functions. The first is to serve as a clearinghouse for documenting and distributing information to teachers about students’ needs for accommodations in the classroom. It also serves to request extended time on national tests. It provides information to the Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE), which conducts the assessments for the three-year re-evaluations for students with IEPs and ISPs. The parents of current students with needs are urged to contact the Center before the first day of school in September to discuss the student’s testing recommendation for the year.
The second function of the Browning Center is to provide structured assistance to those students who need further support beyond that listed above. This can be in the area of organization, attention to study skills, or help with work assigned in other classes. Students must attend the Center a minimum of twice a week. There is a fee of $1,300 per school year, billed by semester, for this part of the Browning program. (For further information, see below in the Fees and Financial Aid Section). Once students are enrolled, attendance is mandatory. Enrollment materials are mailed to parents in August.
Staffing and Facilities
The Browning Center houses desktop computers and printers, and a library of resource books and materials for students and teachers that includes copies of classroom textbooks, study guides, test preparation books and materials for SATs and ACTs, and technological tools for students.
How the Browning Center Helps our Students
In the Center, students are given assistance and support for their academic coursework. Using classroom assignments and projects, we further the students’ skills in their individual areas of need, such as organization, note-taking, test-taking strategies, reading for purpose, writing, and using school resources. Homework assignments, essays and research papers provide a framework for putting skills learned into practice. Emphasis is placed on seeking help from teachers and being proactive when faced with difficulties. The Browning Center has made it a goal to enable students to gain independence in managing their own individual learning styles, and successfully negotiate for the assistance needed. One measure of success is to “graduate” from the Center by senior year.
Fees and Financial Aid for the Browning Center
As stated above, the fee for those requiring structured assistance and further support is $1,300 annually. The fee is paid per semester (two payments of $650). If a family needs financial aid in order to enroll their son in the Browning Center, they inform the Director of Financial Aid, Fred Galano (firstname.lastname@example.org). The family must then apply for financial aid online via Prep’s website, http://spprep.org/financialaid It normally takes about two weeks to process an application. If a family has already completed a financial aid application and qualified for financial aid for the current academic year, they do not have to refile a financial aid application. A letter to the Director of Financial Aid requesting financial assistance for the Browning Center for the current academic year will suffice. After reviewing the application, the Director of Financial Aid informs the family and the Browning Center if they qualify for financial aid. Families have to apply annually in order to receive financial aid. Financial information for both parents must be provided in the financial aid application.
Parental and Student Comments:
“The program helps me stay organized and get my work done.”–Sophomore student
“It’s very helpful, because she helps me understand when I can’t get a reading.”–Senior student
“Thanks for everything you did for me these four years. I want you to know I really appreciate it even thoughI didn’t always show it.”–Graduating senior
“We have always been blessed with support at Saint Peter’s Prep.”–Mother of a recent graduate.
“All your help contributed to a successful year at Prep.”–Mother of a freshman
“The Browning Center has been with us every step of the way these four years.”–Parent of a graduating senior