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The Nicholas Center


Hill-Murray offers a rigorous college prep curriculum. Pioneers with a variety of learning styles and needs can receive appropriate support through The Nicholas Center, providing a bridge for those who learn differently or for those who find the college prep environment a challenge.




The Nicholas Center is committed to providing individual students with the programs and services that enable them to succeed in this academically challenging environment. The Nicholas Center focuses on assisting students to work to their strengths and to develop the personal learning strategies and capabilities needed to thrive.


Upon the completion of The Nicholas Center in early 2013, the current learning center resources will be enhanced by the availability of seven new classrooms, individualized testing rooms, and expanded student access to resources.


The Nicholas Center programs are designed to:

  • Understand and address the strengths and challenges of each individual student.
  • Assist students with organization, planning, prioritizing, time and material management, test preparedness and reading and spelling skills.
  • Provide highly effective reading instruction programs offered by certified instructors, with an emphasis on direct, sequential, multi-sensory instruction, designed to help all students become better readers and spellers.
  • Develop skills for self-advocacy, independence, self-assurance and confidence.
  • Provide academic evaluations and assessments that result in individualized academic learning plans.
  • Serve students who learn differently, and may need assistance with such diverse learning challenges as ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning differences.

The Nicholas Center Resources

The Learning Center provides students with resources, learning plans, interventions, accommodations and skill strategies that address their individual needs, including:

  • Mentoring and daily monitoring or “check-in” program
  • Adaptive Technology and assistive software
  • Individual course notes
  • Self-directed focused study hour
  • Individual and small group study skills sessions and materials for study assistance
  • Test preparedness instruction and testing accommodations
  • Study assistance before and after school and study strategy sessions

Students will develop skills in:

  • Goal development, motivation and progress monitoring
  • Note taking and test taking strategies
  • Organization, time management and self-advocacy
  • Reading comprehension, reading fluency and increased vocabulary
  • Writing Process
  • CRA (and other) Math strategies
  • Assistance in our digital learning environment
  • Assistive technology usage

For more information about The Nicholas Center programs, contact Linda Strahan at 651-748-2220 or


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