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Academic Skills

The Academic Skills Program is designed to assist students in K through 12th grade who have identified learning differences, areas of documented needs, or whose academic performance is not commensurate with their effort. Students benefit from individualized support designed to meet their current needs while preparing them for future expectations. The primary goal of the program is to enable and empower students to reach their educational potential.

To enroll in this fee-based program, a student must have a current (within the past three years) psycho-educational evaluation. Individualized classroom, instructional and testing accommodations are based on recommendations from each student’s psycho-educational evaluation. Regular communication between students, parents and teachers is a strong component of the Academic Skills Program.


Lower School

With individualized Student Learning Plans that include specific goals and objectives, the Academic Skills faculty focus on research-based remedial instruction for grades K-4. 5th grade instruction is based on a curriculum assistance model to help students meet specific class requirements. Students meet in small grade-level groups at an established time, ensuring they not to miss classroom instruction. Parents receive regular communication through weekly folders.

Middle School

Middle School Academic Skills utilizes a curriculum assistance model designed to assist students in meeting the requirements and expectations of their academic classes. The Academic Skills faculty consult regularly with subject area teachers to ensure understanding of students’ current needs. Students enrolled in the program learn how to apply research-based study and test-taking strategies as well as time management systems. Faculty communicate on a weekly basis with parents and students through online reports.

Upper School

The Upper School Academic Skills course focuses on skills students need to meet with success in their academic courses. The program’s curriculum assistance model supports students in meeting the requirements and expectations of their various courses using time and task management strategies. Students develop effective research-based study and test-taking strategies, providing them with the tools needed to self-advocate and become independent learners prepared to transition from high school into college. Faculty communicate on a weekly basis with parents and students through online reports.



Kevin Billerman

Titles: Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Leaders, US Academic Skills Instructor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2299

Suzanne Carothers

Titles: Academic Skills Department Chair (PK-12); Teacher
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2605

Kim Ewing

Academic Skills Teacher (MS)
Titles: Academic Skills Teacher (MS)
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2745

Renae Gallagher

Titles: Academic Skills Teacher (LS)
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2528

Melony Lightfoot

Titles: Academic Skills Teacher (MS)
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2251

Lee Rand

Academic Skills Teacher (US)
Titles: Academic Skills Teacher (US)
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2662

Janet Smith

Titles: Academic Skills Teacher (US)
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 2270