Featured Programs

Scanlan Center

Our highly recognized Scanlan Center serves students who have the potential to succeed academically, but might require more individualized support to excel in our rigorous college-preparatory curriculum.
Students accepted into the program have diagnosed learning differences, an Individual Learning Plan (IEP), a 504 Plan, Other Health Impairments (OHI), Response to Intervention (RTI) plans, a current psycho-educational evaluation report, neuropsychological evaluation report, or qualify for services through a case evaluation by staff.
The Scanlan Center has helped hundreds of students develop independent, lifelong learning skills. Approximately 80 students attend learning strategy classes daily, while another 350 students make use of the testing center each week.

Program Benefits

Working with a full team of content-area teachers, counselors, parents, and students, the Scanlan Center develops and implements individualized plans for student success — in both academic exploration and faith formation.

Our objectives include:
  • Providing an effective support system for students
  • Teaching lifelong learning skills that maximize academic success
  • Helping students strengthen their sense of pride, self-worth, and self-determination
  • Promoting self-advocacy skills, involving students in their own education
  • Developing and enhancing students’ written and verbal communication skills
  • Sharing college-level resources and services
  • Developing a respect for diversity and differences as learned from the Gospel

Support Services

  • In partnership with Township High School District #214, the staff develops and implements individualized service plans for eligible students.
  • Over 100 students receive daily services in assigned Learning Strategies classes, individual or small group tutoring, and testing services.


  • The center is available to the program's students before and after school, as well as during free periods.
  • The staff provides help with content area coursework, studying for tests, utilizing technology, and implementing executive functioning skills.
  • Students may utilize the technology available in the center, including computers, software, Inspiration, Kurzweil (text to speech), Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech to text), READ 180, and educationally relevant iPad applications.

Learning Strategies Classes

  • Develop independent, lifelong learning skills that include reading, written expression, test-taking and self-efficacy.
  • Teach strategies that aid acquisition and understanding of information with the goal of helping students reach their fullest potential.
  • Incoming freshmen participate in a three-week summer intensive study skills class for which they receive academic credit.

Kevin and Julie Patton, Parents

Saint Viator feels more like a home than an institution. We are impressed with the teachers in the Scanlan program. Our son has learning challenges and has thrived with the smaller class sizes and the help of the Scanlan program.


  • Two full-time, certified, special education teachers
  • One program assistant
  • One testing coordinator who facilitates accommodations for testing as identified by a student’s individual service plan, 504 plan or accommodation plan


In 1993, Saint Viator High School received a generous donation from Robert and Ann Scanlan in memory of their son, Scott '76, to create the Scanlan Center for students with learning differences.  In 2011, Saint Viator High School’s Capital Campaign, Shaping the Future with Faith, included a comprehensive renovation of the Scanlan Center. Through the generosity of the Saint Viator community and the support of the Scanlan family, the renovation of the Scott R. Scanlan Center became a reality. The Center has been transformed into a technologically-advanced and comfortable learning environment that students will enjoy for years to come.
Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.