The O’Shaughnessy Program, named for Mrs. Eileen O'Shaughnessy whose generosity began the program, serves freshman and sophomore students who would benefit from improving literacy and study skills in order to succeed in a college preparatory environment. Admission to the program is based on entrance exam scores, junior high standardized test scores, junior high academic performance and/or psycho-educational testing. Incoming freshmen who are admitted into the O'Shaughnessy Program are required to successfully complete a summer school course in English prior to freshman year. Depending on test scores, some incoming freshmen may also be required to complete Algebra 1 during the summer.
Through a research-based team approach and a structured, nurturing academic support system, the O'Shaughnessy Program, made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Eileen O'Shaughnessy, helps students develop lifelong independent learning, literacy and self-advocacy skills. Students will be placed into teams where they will work with a team of trained teachers who coordinate skill building across the curriculum. The goal of the O'Shaughnessy Program is to holistically meet a student's needs, develop academic strategies and confidence so that a student can thrive in a collegiate environment.
Skills Developed by Freshmen in the Program
All the skills O'Shaughnessy students will be developing throughout their freshman year are research-based and are intended to meet the challenges of 21st Century Learning.
- Comprehend reading material utilized in the curriculum using questioning, annotation, and summarizing.
- Analyze texts and materials utilized in the curriculum.
- Consistently and actively engage in class discussion and reflection.
- Develop researching strategies and skills, organize information, and synthesize thoughts into an essay.
- Edit and revise formal and informal writing.
- Executive Functioning Skills
- Refine time management, task switching, and organization skills.
- Systematize note - taking to enhance literacy skills and test preparation.
- Utilize technology to enhance organizational skills.
- Critical Thinking
- Engage all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating) in the curriculum.
- Make inferences, connections and independent conclusions between classes.
- Redefine learning by creatively using technology.
Students are housed in teams and enrolled in track 1 courses: English, theology, world history, and on occasion math. Students are also scheduled in a daily academic support class which teaches students fundamental literacy and executive functioning skills. Track 1 courses offer students a college prep curriculum with reduced student to teacher ratio. O’Shaughnessy teachers are in regular contact with students’ content area teachers and are available for parent conferences when needed.
Entrance to the Program
Admission to the program is based on entrance exam scores, junior high - standardized test scores, junior high academic performance, and/or psycho - educational testing. Incoming freshmen who are admitted into the O'Shaughnessy Program are required to complete successfully a summer school course in English prior to freshman year. Some incoming freshmen may also be required to complete Algebra 1 during the summer.
There is an additional annual fee for the O’Shaughnessy Program.
Please visit the Tuition and Financial page
for additional information.