The Nicholas Center has developed a number of programs to assist students who have different learning styles and needs. If the college prep environment is a challenge for you, or you learn differently, our programs and services can help you succeed.


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.

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 challenges such as ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning differences.


The Nicholas 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
  • On-campus Clinical Psychologist
  • 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 strategy study sessions

The Nicholas Center offers the Wilson Reading System® program to assist students who are reading below grade level or who have a language-based learning disability. We assist students with vocabulary development with the Just Words program and Achieve 3000 helps boost reading comprehension.

We offer a three-year Algebra and Geometry program using the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) System, a web-based assessment and learning system that determines what a student needs to know in a course and then designs instruction around that content.

All Hill-Murray students receive either a Chromebook (Middle School) or a MacBook Air (High School), and our Assistive Technology program helps students maximize the capabilities of these machines. This program is available by individual request.