Our coaches and academic resource specialists assist students in taking full advantage of every learning experience. Collaborating with parents, teachers, and students in Preschool through grade 12, to develop appropriate instructional strategies, our teachers monitor students’ progress and provide various levels of support as needed, including referrals for additional support available in the community (private tutoring, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological educational testing).
Preschool (Early PreK - Young Fives)
The Preschool curricular model allows for a large degree of individualized and small group instruction, while faculty are committed to meeting the specific needs of each student. Through small class sizes and low teacher:child ratios, teachers are able use formative assessment strategies to track student progress.
When these assessments identify a developmental need (or when a request is made by parents), Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy screenings are provided for preschool students. The Academic Resource Center provides consultative services for families on these occasions and works with the Preschool faculty on additional supports if they are warranted in the classroom. The Head of Preschool also provides referrals for additional support services as needed. Please contact Kelly Kelly, Head of Preschool, for additional information. [email protected]
Lower School (Kindergarten - Grade 4)
In Lower School we are committed to meeting the needs of every learner. In addition to the educational consultative services provided by the Academic Resource Center, each grade level team has additional support through the role of a learning coach. Learning coaches collaborate with grade level teams and utilize both push-in and pull-out models for differentiated and small group instruction. Serving students in both remediation and extension learning experiences, the learning coaches play an integral role in meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners in the elementary classroom. Learning coaches also coordinate additional support services as needed.
In an effort to provide additional support to our students, teacher tutorials are scheduled on a weekly basis. Mount Vernon’s Extended Play program also includes a designated homework completion time.
Please contact Elisse Hayes-Karlsson, Lower School Head of Learning and Innovation for additional information. [email protected]
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
In an effort to ease the transition to Middle School, academic resource specialists equip Middle School students with tools relating to study skills and organization. Lessons introducing study strategies, note-taking methods, time-management and assessment preparation are provided through the Middle School Study Skills course. Students also have an opportunity to seek assistance from any of their teachers during their advisement period or during individual teacher tutorials scheduled before school. Upon teacher recommendation or parent request, students may also meet with an academic resource specialist for additional small group or 1:1 assistance focusing on improvement of study skills, organization, and class preparation.
Middle School students’ academic performance is monitored throughout the year, and improvement plans are implemented as needed. Additional study resources, review games, and useful links are also available on the academic resource specialists’ PowerSchool Learning pages. Please contact Director of Academic Resource Services Samantha Flowers for additional information. [email protected]
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
At the Upper School level, students are encouraged to strengthen their self-advocacy skills and continue to develop their study habits. Academic resource specialists continue to provide resources and advisement to students and parents concerning testing accommodations, college planning and tutoring and other services available in the community. Students also have an opportunity to seek assistance from any of their teachers during during individual teacher tutorials scheduled before and after school.
Upon teacher or parent request, students may also meet with an academic resource specialist for additional small group or 1:1 assistance in an effort to improve their class performance. Every student is assigned a Getting Things Done (GTD) period to provide a quiet time to complete assignments, prepare for assessments and seek assistance from teachers. Students also have an opportunity to work with approved private tutors during this time. Please contact Director of Academic Resource Services Samantha Flowers for additional information. [email protected]