At Holy Child, we value the uniqueness of every student.
Our curriculum offers challenging academics in every subject, while small classes allow teachers to know each student as an individual learner and provide personal attention. Our faculty continually implement research-based best practices shared through the Coakley Center. Hands-on experiences, independent projects and extracurricular opportunities enrich students’ learning beyond the classroom in countless ways.
As our teachers work closely with students, they identify when additional support is needed. This could range from a walk-in session at the Writing Center or Math Lab to learning strategies courses for students with diagnosed learning differences. The goal is for all students to become independent learners who know themselves as learners and advocate for support when necessary.
The Coakley Center offers professional development and education for faculty and administrators. It educates teachers on new research informing teaching and learning in and outside the classroom. It also partners with teachers in developing action plans and implementing accommodation plans.
Recent seminars offered include:
Reducing Testing Anxiety
Preparing Students for Assessments
The Coakley Center educates parents on new educational research and works with parents in recognizing their daughters’ strengths to help them reach their full potential.
Recent parent seminars include:
Strategies for Student Success
Study Skills Workshop
Navigating Accommodations for College Testing
“The bold shift to comprehensively develop faculty who are competent in differentiated instruction, classroom management, and assessment has a more significant impact on positive academic and emotional outcomes for students than any other curricular initiative.”
Erica Herro and Molly Bozzo,
Nicki Iadarola ’02, M.S.
Head of Academic Support
Nicki Iadarola majored in psychology at John Carroll University. Post-graduation, she worked as a learning specialist at St. John’s College High School in their Benilde Program. In 2009 she returned to Holy Child to help start a program for students with learning differences. She received her master’s degree in special education from Marymount University in 2018 and has recently become a Dyslexia Practitioner with Wilson Reading Program certification.