Helping each child achieve his or her full potential is a collaborative effort that starts with the student. Strong support systems exist in both the Junior School (K – 8) and the Academy (9 – 12) to assist students who may struggle academically, despite their own best efforts.
In the Junior School, teachers, supervisors and the principal confer with parents, students, Junior School counselors, the middle-school learning specialist and others to assist with academic counseling. Communication is key, as early intervention is helpful in addressing learning problems.
The initial source of remedial support is the classroom teacher, who strives to be available after school to meet with students or parents. In cases of a serious learning difficulty that requires ongoing intervention, parents should confer with the supervisor about whether it is advisable to hire a private tutor. Tutoring is available after school in the Winne Units; financial arrangements are made between the tutor and parent. As a general rule, teachers should not tutor their own students for renumeration.
In the Academy, academic counseling is largely a function of the class deans, who guide their respective classes from grades 9 through 12. In February, the coming year’s program of studies is arranged during a conference between a student and his or her dean. All freshmen are assigned to a supervised study hall; parents who believe that a study hall is warranted for an older student may request that one be assigned.
As in the Junior School, Academy teachers are the initial source of remedial help. They may be available before or after school, or have free periods during the class day. Students should assume responsibility for arranging individual conferences. In addition, the National Honor Society offers free peer tutoring, which may be scheduled on a regular basis. In certain situations, a paid tutor may be appropriate; the deans can make recommendations. Academy faculty may not be paid to tutor their own students, nor may they be paid to tutor other students during school hours (7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Parents of students with diagnosed, documented learning differences should inform their child’s deans, who will work with the student and teachers regarding recommended accommodations.