Both my sons have both benefited from the Learning Resources Center. The coordinator has helped them manage assignments, develop work period schedules, and stay accountable to their action plans. Weekly emails provide me, their advisors, and other teachers with updates from all their teachers. I have especially appreciated having a liaison at school to advocate on behalf of my sons when needed. ~ Kathy Lindlau, parent
Supporting Intellectual Diversity
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School welcomes and celebrates intellectual diversity. Our students represent a broad spectrum of academic preparation, intellectual ability, and learning styles. We enjoy the challenge of finding the artist in the math whiz, the writer in the inarticulate adolescent, the curious child in the impassive teenager.
Students benefit from our emphasis on personal attention. With 16 students in the typical classroom and fewer than 250 students in the entire school, your academic needs, whether they are for more assistance or more challenge, will be noticed and met.
Time is Built in to the Schedule
School days include work periods when teachers are available for extra help or consultation. Required study hours for boarders are 8-10 p.m. on weeknights. Students may spend this required study period in their rooms, their house study room where a teacher’s help is nearby, or in supervised study in the Agee Library. With more than half of our faculty living on campus, a teacher’s help is always close at hand.
The Learning Resources Center
The Learning Resources Center is open during the school day to provide assistance as needed. The Learning Resources staff helps teachers and students collaborate to assess organizational needs and learning challenges. Strategies may include the development of time management and organizational skills, establishing stronger study habits, and/or peer tutoring. The Learning Resources Coordinator is a resource, guide, and advocate.
Meeting Your Needs
For incoming students who have diagnostic test results available or for whom we request such testing, our Learning Resources Coordinator will create a Student Action Plan that provides recommendations for the student’s classroom teachers. Recommendations may include allowing additional time on tests, offering a distraction-free environment, or encouraging a student to use audio books. Unlike some programs that track students to courses with lower expectations or that separate students from their higher performing classmates, the SAS Academic Support Program is considered a supplement to, not a replacement for, normal classroom instructions and interactions. Working with the Learning Resources Coordinator is a dynamic process, and students will come in and out of the program as needed.
Finding a Balance
SAS believes in the value of afterschool activities, exercise, and recreation and will work with students to find a time and place for academic support that does not preclude engaging in the non-classroom enrichment activities available on our campus.
Study Skills Curriculum
In the sixth and ninth grades, classes meet periodically with the Learning Resources Coordinator to discuss organizational strategies and study skills. Each student completes a learning style assessment to help the student and their teachers to better understand how they learn. Students are encouraged to be aware of their learning style but to also strengthen their ability to process information through methods that don't come to them as easily.
The Learning Resources Center began a Peer Tutoring Program in 2014-15. Students will apply to be tutors and will receive training and ongoing support from the Learning Resources Coordinator. Peer tutors are Upper School students who have completed the course they wish to tutor with a final grade of 85 or higher and good overall academic standing. They will earn on-campus service hours for their time. Both the tutors and those they tutor strengthen their academic skills through this individualized support. Peer tutoring provides additional challenge to students who have excelled in a field of study by providing them the opportunity to teach and share their knowledge with peers. For more information about the Peer Tutoring program, contact Malia Carlos.