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 staff meets two to four times per week with students. Student participation is voluntary, however, only through the diligence and commitment on the part of the student will the staff’s recommendations work. Progress reports are sent home each term to keep families up-to-date regarding the specific initiatives undertaken by the student in partnership with the Academic Support Center.
Students who have documented special accommodations in classroom procedures and testing—be it standardized or academic—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.
Progress is measured in four key areas:
1. Awareness, acceptance, and understanding of one’s individual learning differences; challenges and strengths
2. Motivation for and commitment to making a change
3. Evidence of a growing mastery or compensatory strategies and self-advocacy skills
4. Application of the strategies developed by the academic support program