Academic Enrichment Team
The Presbyterian School Academic Enrichment Team is composed of specialists trained in a diverse array of pedagogies who extend differentiated instruction beyond the classroom walls, recognizing and responding to the gifts and needs of our students in targeted and specific ways. In Early Childhood and Lower School, the Academic Enrichment Team, in partnership with the classroom teacher, works to develop knowledge of each student as an individual learner.
At the Middle School level, the focus shifts to study skills, learning styles and organizational strategies. The Associate Head of Middle School heads this effort. The goal is to equip each Middle School learner with detailed knowledge and skills so that he or she can effectively manage time, place and information in a way that enhances his or her individual learning process.
When a concern develops about a student’s ability to keep pace with the demands of the Middle School curriculum, the Associate Head of Middle School will work with the student, parents, advisor and teachers to determine and facilitate necessary action. The goal is for each Middle School student to be able to effectively demonstrate independent mastery of required course content.
The Associate Head of Middle School coordinates support for students with diagnosed learning differences, establishing a partnership between and among student, teachers, parents and community professionals. In Middle School, the determination for services will be made by the Associate Head of Middle School, the Division Head and the Academic Dean. The Middle School student is considered an integral member of this partnership. Testing results and recommendations are summarized into specific school based interventions, accommodations and strategies. A written summary, the Student Success Plan, includes specific actions the student can take to aid his or her learning.
The Associate Head of Middle School will consult with faculty members in all subject areas so that effective interventions and accommodations are consistently available to support the student with diagnosed needs.
Supplemental, small group instructional services are not offered in Middle School as it is anticipated that students will be equipped to work through the Presbyterian School curriculum supported by accommodations detailed in the Student Success Plans. Individual academic, speech or occupational therapy is not available; neither is a modified curriculum. Community professionals are not allowed to provide tutoring or therapy services on the Presbyterian School campus.