MIDDLE SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES
Learning Support can be provided to students in Grades 6–8. Learning Support teachers help students succeed by focusing on academic needs, the development of executive function and key skills that support increasing independence. Support can be offered to students in any subject. Students work with Learning Support teachers in specific subject classrooms and/or in the Learning Support space.
Classroom content is followed with certain scaffolds or modifications. These modifications and other methods of support are determined by the child's parents, homeroom teachers, specialists, and/or evaluations.
When academic or developmental questions arise, the school will alert the parents and work with them to develop an action plan for their child. Parents who have questions about Learning Support fees should contact the Admissions Department. For more information, visit our Learning Support Page.
English as an Additional Language
EAL Support can be provided in Grades 6–8. EAL teachers work alongside subject teachers to support and prepare students to be successful. Students can be supported in class or in the EAL classroom. When in the EAL classroom, students follow the content from their academic class as much as possible.
The EAL program focuses on key language arts areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students develop English language skills for the classroom, as well as for interaction with peers, teachers, and beyond. EAL is usually taught in groups with certain individualized instruction.
Learning an additional language generally follows the pattern of learning a first language. Conversational English is most often learned quite rapidly and enables students to communicate with their peers and become active participants in the school social environment. Research indicates that it may take up to five to seven years for non-native speakers to develop the academic aspects of the language to the same standard as native speakers. Parents who have questions about fees should contact the Admissions Department. For more information, visit our EAL Support page.
INCREASING INDEPENDENCE, FOSTERING GROWTH
We create strategies and use interventions to address individual needs for students with diagnosed learning differences. We build the skills and structures that encourage self-advocacy, compassion, and resilience, while supporting academic achievement.
- Alice Schuette, Learning Support Teacher