Colt PLUS Program


Where students reach their learning potential through understanding and support

The Colt PLUS Program at CBA is an additional service for bright, college-bound students with specific learning needs. The Colt PLUS program is designed for highly motivated students with the cognitive ability to adhere to a college preparatory curriculum, but have educational needs that can make it difficult for them to achieve their potential without support.

Students in the PLUS program take all the same classes as CBA students without modifications, although certain accommodations may be implemented through a formal accommodation plan.  Homework load is not decreased nor is the curriculum altered.  Students will take a portion of their English class (I or II depending on their grade level) during the school year and complete it during the following summer.  This allows time for strategic instruction and support.

What type of student is a candidate for the PLUS program?
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to manage the demands of a college prep curriculum in a large class setting
  • Average to above average intelligence
  • Documented mild learning difference which affects reading and/or writing skills
  • No behavior problems which interfere with learning

Benefits of the PLUS program:

  • Further development of strengths and remediation of weaknesses identified through individual admissions testing
  • Coordinated support system between the Learning Consultant and a team of teachers.
  • Development of a deeper understanding of the student’s individual learning style
  • Teaching of appropriate strategies to support learning and how and when to apply them

Students will participate in a daily class with the Learning Consultant and will work on the following skills:

  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Organizational strategies
  • Multi-sensory strategy instruction
  • Strategies to strengthen reading comprehension
  • Strategies to strengthen writing skills
  • Self-advocacy

Through participation in this program, students will not only learn how to work to their fullest capacity while at CBA, but strategies to help make them successful in college and beyond, encouraging them to be lifelong learners.

For more information, please contact Amanda Colannino, Learning Consultant, at