The Academic Support program at Suffield Academy is designed to teach compensatory study strategies to students who have been identified as having atypical learning styles. Students are scheduled for Academic Support two to four times per week in group settings of approximately five to eight students. Student participation is voluntary as only through the diligence and commitment on the part of the student will the staff’s recommendations work.
Our program does not involve content or specific curriculum tutoring. The Academic Support program utilizes assignments from a student’s coursework to develop appropriate compensatory strategies. Additionally, the students in our program generally have educational testing in the above average and average range, but need help with executive skills, attention strategies, or auditory processing. Students who have documented grounds for special accommodations in classroom procedures and testing—be it standardized or academic—are expected to speak to their teachers about their needs. Students are coached in self-advocacy skills to facilitate this communication. Suffield Academy does not charge an additional fee for Academic Support services. Like all programs at the school, academic support is covered by tuition.
Student progress is measured in four key areas:
- Awareness, understanding, and acceptance of one’s individual learning differences, challenges, and strengths
- Motivation for and commitment to making a change
- Evidence of a growing mastery of compensatory strategies and self-advocacy skills
- Application of strategies in academic programs and elsewhere
Primary Academic Support Contacts
Neil Stone, Director of Academic Support - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Hodosy, Associate Dean of Academics & Faculty - email@example.com
- How are students placed in Academic Support?
- Is there “drop-in” help in the Academic Support office during the school day?
- Is documentation of a learning disability or other significant learning difference required for students to have classroom accommodations?
- What can be used for documentation of a learning difference and the need for accommodations?
- What constitutes a disability or learning difference and a need for an accommodation?
- Does the Academic Support office evaluate students for or diagnose students with learning disabilities or differences?
- What academic accommodations are available for Suffield Academy students who qualify?
- What if my child’s evaluation lists other accommodations?
- How many times a week may a student attend Academic Support?
- When are the sessions scheduled?
- How is information about a student’s learning difference and need for accommodations communicated with faculty and staff working with the student?
- Who is responsible for providing the accommodations?
- Does Suffield Academy provide assistive technology for students?
- Will the Academic Support office assist families in understanding the process of applying for accommodations on college entrance standardized tests?
- Does the Academic Support office hold yearly “team meetings” with teachers to review a student’s progress or discuss evaluation results?
Kim Wiggin Chair of Academic Support
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