The St. Andrew’s academic program is exciting, dynamic, and challenging for our students. Students find success, engagement, and fulfillment as scholars as they embrace the full potential of studying in a liberal arts residential school. We have learned that students learn most, engage most and mature most when they master the skills of time management, embrace the hard work, dedication and commitment academic work requires and connect meaningfully with our gifted faculty.
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 discuss these issues with their advisor and their Form Academic Advisor.
St. Andrew’s teachers are generous and available for extra help during the course of the academic year. In some instances, students benefit from additional support and structure. The Dean of Studies and the Director of Academic Support work with advisors and academic advisors to help address academic or organizational concerns. School consulting psychologist Dr. Dahra Jackson Williams also provides expertise with both evaluation and effective learning strategies.
Prior to a new student’s arrival in the fall, parents should contact Dean of Studies Gretchen Hurtt at email@example.com if any previous learning differences have been identified for their child and should submit any relevant evaluations.
Testing for learning differences may be recommended by the School to help students learn more about their learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses. Testing reports also will provide recommendations to the School.
These recommendations will be reviewed by the Dean of Studies and by members of the Academic Support group, including the Director of Academic Support, Dean of Counseling, and Director of Testing to help guide teachers. The School’s consulting psychologist may review the evaluation and offer guidance in the creation of the student’s learning plan and as to how and whether the requests for accommodations may be implemented by the School.
A learning plan and any instructions regarding the evaluation and approved accommodations will be provided by the Dean of Studies to all faculty who teach or advise the student.
The process for applying for extended time on College Board and other external examinations is managed by the Director of Testing and should begin several months in advance of a desired testing date. Please contact Cynthia Poarch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A two-hour period each evening is allotted for study purposes. By mid-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.
Parents may choose to hire outside tutors to provide academic support during the summer or School vacations. Such tutors may not work with students on campus at St. Andrew’s.
- academic support
- extended time
- study hall