The Learning Center


  1. a process of engaging and manipulating objects, experiences, and conversations in order to  build mental models of the world (Dewey, 1938; Piaget, 1964; Vygotsky, 1986). Learners  build knowledge as they explore the world around them, observe and interact with phenomena, converse and engage with others, and make connections between new ideas  and prior understandings. - ​ Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning, UC Berkeley 2020
  2. knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study​ - ​ Merriam Webster 2020


Western Albemarle High School is well known for its high-quality teaching and extensive system of support for students. Students continue to learn even when they leave the classroom, often studying or problem-solving independently or with peers in the library, the cafeteria, or at home. The Learning Center (fondly known as TLC) is another such place where students can extend their learning. Whether working alone in a quiet environment, in a small group with a teacher, or one-on-one with a staff member or peer tutor, many students find that their skills improve and their understanding of concepts deepens through time spent in The Learning Center.  

If you need more information about the Learning Center, please contact Beth White.

What is The Learning Center?

The Learning Center is a large learning space located in rooms C103-104, across from the auditorium. The space is set up for independent and small group work, and it can be modified to accommodate entire classes as needed. The staff of The Learning Center includes a coordinator and general education and special education teachers who can offer content expertise and skill development. In addition, the peer tutoring program operates out of TLC, adding to the opportunities for students to receive assistance in areas where they need help. TLC also stocks supplies of paper, pencils, folders, binders, and other school supplies for students to pick up free of charge when they need them.

How do I get help from The Learning Center?

Students can drop in before school, starting at 8:15, or during lunch without an appointment. During class periods, students need an appointment. They can schedule these appointments in person or by emailing the coordinator, Beth White, at In addition, teachers can refer students to TLC for some needed assistance. If a teacher has referred you, you will receive an email from Ms. White with details about your upcoming appointments. Appointments are typically a half-period in duration and may occur once a week or more often as needed.

Who can get help from The Learning Center?

Any WAHS student may get help from TLC.

What if I just want a quiet place to work?

Some students feel that they don’t need help from a teacher or tutor, but they like coming to TLC for a quiet place to work on their own during lunch or their study hall period. Just come by and talk with a TLC staff member if you would like to do this.

Why am I assigned to TLC on my course schedule?

If you are taking an online course through Edgenuity or Virtual Virginia, you may see TLC listed on your schedule as your classroom. This is to give you a quiet place to work while you are completing your online coursework.

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