Academic Resource Center


Learning is a relational process. Through partnership with teachers, parents, peers and support personnel, students learn that they are able to be successful in the face of adversity. In order to become independent, students must learn to:

  • Understand their strengths and challenges
  • Learn how to use their strengths and access resources in order to overcome their challenges
  • Collaborate effectively with peers and adults
  • Set personal goals
  • Advocate for themselves


  • Access to notes
  • Preferential seating
  • Access to computer
  • Priority registration
  • Testing
    • private room
    • reader
    • scribe
    • clarification of test question
    • access to computer
    • 50% or 100% extra time


Any Archbishop Murphy student who has been diagnosed with a learning difference is eligible to receive AMHS approved accommodations, provided the following criteria are met:

  1. Testing documentation is current (within the last three years) and the school has a copy of the full evaluation.
  2. Diagnostic documentation must consist of testing and a written evaluation by a licensed psychologist. It must state the specific disability and provide complete educational, developmental and/or medical history


COURSES: Academic Support is a class reserved for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Educational testing with a stated diagnosis must be submitted to guarantee placements in the course. Students without a diagnosis may be eligible to take the course if space permits. Priority registration will always go to students with diagnosed learning disabilities. The course is designed to provide students with a structured, closely monitored learning environment in which they can develop the study skills needed to succeed in the classroom. This class offers cooperative learning environments as well as a strong emphasis on self-advocacy skills. In addition to the basic organizational and study skill strategies, opportunities for additional support for other academic classes are also provided.

COACHING: The role of the Academic Coach is to provide assistance and support for students identified and qualified for the Academic Coaching program. The coach will initially serve as an advocate for the student, gradually teaching the student to become a self-advocate. AMHS strives for students to become strong self-advocates and empowered to be in control of their own academic journey. The academic coach and student will work together toward reaching this goal.


If families are interested in pursuing an Educational Evaluation, below are a list of some of the evaluators that AMHS families have used.

ABCD, Inc./Associates in Behavior & Child Development
Northgate Executive Center I
155 NE 100th Street, Suite 306
Seattle, WA 98125

Carolyn Ballinger, Ph.D.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
1621 114th Avenue Se, Suite 201
The Arbor Building, Bellefield Office Park
Bellevue, WA 98004

Jennifer Blair Clinical Neuropsychologist
8318 196th Street SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Philip Dunbar-Mayer
Center for Child Development
2310 130th Ave NE
Bldg. B101
Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425-877-3484
Fax: 425-702-0600


1700 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-427-2474 (Office)
425-427-2477 (FAX)

Dr. Gayle L. Fay, PHD
2227 112th NE Ave Suite 101
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 452-8036 (Office)
(425) 452-8038 (FAX)

Dr. Elizabeth Smith
Suite 400
800 Bellevue Way
Bellevue, WA 98004

Gwen A. Lewis, Ph.D., A.B. Pd.N.
Soundview Psychological Associates
Heritage Building Suite D
555 Dayton Avenue
Edmonds, WA 98020
425-672-1850 (Office)
425-672-9625 (FAX)

Dr. Fredric P. Provenzano, Ph.D.
5506 33rd Ave NE, Suite D
Seattle, WA 98105

Aaron Russell, Psy.D.
2804 Grand Ave, Suite 310
Everett, WA 98201


First Hill Psychological Services
1229 Madison Street, Suite 1010
Seattle, WA 98104
206-919-2686 (Cell)
206-386-2200 (Office)

206-386-2202 (FAX)

Guy D. Oram, Ph.D.
Family Psychological Services of Kirkland, P.S.
1104 Market Street
Kirkland, WA 98033