The Academic Support Program at Suffield Academy is designed to teach and support compensatory study strategies to students who have been identified as having atypical learning styles.
The Center's staff meets two to four times per week with students and progress reports are sent home each term to keep families up-to-date regarding the specific initiatives undertaken. Students who have documented special accommodations in classroom procedures and testing are expected to speak to their teachers about their needs. All requests for extended time or other accommodations in formal exams and standardized tests must be made through the Director of Academic Support and approved by the Academic Dean.
Prep schools and colleges are rightfully focused on supporting mental and emotional health. Suffield was ahead of the curve and this is part of why our school has been so successful in the first two decades of the 21st century. We know and embrace that adolescence never unfolds in a straight line, and our programs and resource allocation reflect this awareness.
Several foundational beliefs have shaped our educational philosophy. One is focusing on distance traveled more than just destinations. We have been intentional about this, and about blending rigor, support, and encouragement to reinforce this priority. Another is stressing kindness and how difficult this seemingly simple concept can be. Third, our disciplinary policies are sensible.