For many students arrival to boarding school brings with it the challenges of increased expectations, new types of learning, reading and writing. From the beginning of the year students can discuss strategies for their work with their advisor and their form Academic Advisor.
A two-hour period each evening is allotted for study purposes. Third Form students study in the dining hall, the IV Form in their dormitory rooms, and upper form students may work in the library, classrooms, or other places of study, subject to the rules of their own Form and dormitory. By the middle of October after the first set of teacher reports, a supervised study hall is available for students who, on recommendation of their teachers, advisor, or academic advisor, would benefit from a more structured study environment.
Each member of the faculty is available for tutorials for students in their classes.
Student tutors are available in all disciplines through the Peer Tutoring association. Students should contact their teacher or form academic advisor to be assigned a peer tutor.
Students who struggle with time management and study skills may meet with the School's organizational coach to help determine effective strategies and good working environments.
Learning Differences and Accommodations
Prior to a new student's arrival in the fall, parents should contact the Academic Dean, Nathan Costa, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if any previous learning differences have been identified for their child and should submit any relevant evaluations.
Testing for learning differences may be recommended to help the child learn more about his/her learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. Testing reports also will provide recommendations to the School.
These recommendations will be reviewed by the Academic Dean and by members of the Learning Differences Group, composed of the Director of Wellness, Testing Coordinator, and the Organizational Coach, to help guide teachers. The School's consulting educational psychologist may review the evaluation and offer guidance as to how and whether the requests for accommodations may be implemented by the School.
Instructions regarding the evaluation and approved accommodations will be provided by the Academic Dean to all faculty who teach or advise the student.
The process for applying for extended time on College Board examinations is
managed by the Registrar/Coordinator of Testing and should be begun several months
in advance of a desired testing date. Please contact Cynthia Poarch at email@example.com for more information.
Parents may choose to hire outside tutors to provide academic support during the summer or School vacations. Such tutors may not work with students when they are in session at St. Andrew's.