Bishop McDowell Program
Designed to facilitate student success through the development and reinforcement of necessary skills, the Bishop McDowell Program encourages students, through a variety of individually designed activities, to become thoroughly familiar with their own learning styles. Students in the Bishop McDowell Program attend regular classes and participate fully in the co-curricular life of the school, but have scheduled time for assistance and skill-building to enable them to progress in the college preparatory curriculum.
When students understand how they learn best, they can then begin to apply strategies that work for them in the classroom, while completing homework, and when preparing for exams. Concurrently, the Director of the Bishop McDowell Program works with the Central Catholic faculty to help them understand each student’s learning style and the related implications for classroom practices.
Students work on:
- Techniques for approaching faculty with questions and concerns
- Techniques for test-taking
- Time management
- Memorization techniques
- Peer communication
- Appropriate and productive use of technology
Cedric Ruffin, '18, used the skills he developed in the Bishop McDowell program in his classwork and in his role as an associate in the campus store.