Math Lab & Writing Center

The Math Lab and Writing Center serve all middle and upper school students and faculty by providing a supportive, collaborative environment focused on developing a deeper understanding of math and writing. As branches of the ASPIRE program, the Math Lab and Writing Center are resources for students who may need more support while also providing guidance for accelerated students who would like  to improve their math scores or work on an essay.


Math Lab

The Math Lab's mission is to provide math support to middle and upper school students by working with faculty and students to bring a deeper understanding of mathematical topics being studied in class.

In the upper school, students may receive assistance with homework assignments, missed lessons, or upcoming assessments, as well as seek help in improving foundational skills.

In the middle school, students, individually or in small groups, focus on foundational skills and improved math fluency. Students work with their math instructor with direct instruction on methods to improve performance and retention.

The Math Lab helps students to:

  • Learn differentiated learning techniques
  • Improve problem-solving, logic, and reasoning skills
  • Strengthen basic skills and information
  • Re-emphasize current class information
  • Devleop better strategies for test taking
  • Prepare more effectively for assessments
  • Strategize for the ACT or SAT

Student services provided:

  • In-class support in collaboration with teachers
  • Individualized instruction
  • Small group instruction
  • ACT/SAT Math Preparation
  • Assistance with learning material from absences
  • Test preparation and review

Writing Center

The mission of the FRA Writing Center is to serve middle and upper school students and faculty by providing a supportive, collaborative environment focused on developing student writers. The Writing Center will engage students in conversations about the writing process and enhance the academic experience of all students by enabling them to write at a high level across the curriculum.

Upper School students can make an appointment by stopping by the ASPIRE room or emailing Mrs. Wisthoff. Middle School students are referred by the Middle School ASPIRE Coordinator or their teacher to work on specific writing assignments.


The Writing Center can help students to:

  • Figure out what to write
  • Understand writing assignments more clearly
  • Craft a thesis statement
  • Build stronger arguments
  • Organize a paper
  • Improve sentence structure
  • Learn effective use of sources and correct documentation
  • Improve critical reading and thinking skills
  • Become more aware of the types of writing that various disciplines require
  • Use language more effectively
  • Develop positive attitudes about writing and about themselves as writers


Student services provided:

  • Individual conferences during study hall or Jump Start to work on writing assignments
  • In-class support in collaboration with teachers
  • Assistance with research papers
  • Personalized feedback on college application and scholarship essays
  • Scholarship and writing contest information


Thomas Carlton, ASPIRE Math Lab Coordinator
Thomas Carlton

ASPIRE Math Lab Coordinator

Kelli Conners, ASPIRE Writing Lab Coordinator

Kelli Wisthoff
ASPIRE Writing Lab Coordinator