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Integrated Learning

I've been working with the Integrated Learning office to build a baseline system that works for everything—writing and solving an equation, for example. Now I can take in more information and feel a lot more confident about it. My reading fluency is much better, I’m more organized, and my focus has improved." –Middle School student

Our goal at University Prep is for all students to grow to be independent learners who can advocate for themselves at school.

In support of that goal, the Integrated Learning Office provides support to help students who learn differently meet the high expectations of our challenging academic program. The Integrated Learning staff work with families as they seek to understand their students’ learning profiles; observe student learning in the classroom and intervene with instructional strategies; partner with teachers to practice those strategies; help students learn how to apply study skills; and provide drop-in support to students before and after school through the Integrated Learning Center. We are able to recommend private tutors outside the school if additional support is required.

Learn more about how Integrated Learning can support your student:


Meet the Team


  • Rachael Lydeard, Learning Specialist
    Rachael is a School Psychologist and has worked to design and build structures for schools to support struggling learners.  Rachael teaches the Upper School SchoolHacks courses, and case manages 9th and 10th-grade students.
  • Sharon Maguire-Merrifield, Learning Pathways Teacher
    Sharon works with students in our Learning Pathways program, helping them to build strong literacy skills through direct, explicit, and multisensory lessons that will translate to their other classes. 
  • Janet Perles, Learning Pathways Teacher
    Janet works with students in 6th and 7th grades within the Learning Pathways program, helping them to build strong literacy skills through direct, explicit, and multisensory lessons that will translate to their other classes. She also teaches Middle School SchoolHacks. 
  • Shannon Salverda, Learning Specialist
    Shannon is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in language-based learning.  She is the primary contact for Middle School Integrated Learning students and families. 
  • Julie Smith, Learning and Testing Specialist
    Julie is the primary contact for all standardized testing accommodations and concussion protocols. She also leads After-School Drop-In and case manages 11th and 12th-grade students.


The Learning Scientists

Cult of Pedagogy Podcast

Smart but Scattered (Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare) 

Mindset (Carol Dweck Ph.D)

Learning Ally Membership  UPrep provides audiobook access for students with an ILP accommodation at no cost to families.

Bookshare is an ebook library that provides free individual access for students with qualifying conditions.

Natural Readers Online
Natural Readers Online is a text to speech web application that converts any written text into spoken words.