Academics

Learning Support

The Dr. William B. Dean Academic Learning Support Program

The Dr. William B. Dean Academic Learning Support Program seeks to help all Hockaday students PK-12 reach their maximum potential. All students at Hockaday are welcome to receive help from The Dr. William B. Dean Academic Learning Support Program – whether or not they have a diagnosed learning difference. Ultimately, the department’s goals are to empower all students in becoming advocates for themselves in order to meet success and to assist teachers in the practice of differentiating instruction through best practices.

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  • Upper School

    At the Upper School Level, students may benefit from Learning Support in a variety of ways:

    • Assistance in time management, organization, study skills, test-taking strategies, balancing of workload, or academic coaching.

      Many students benefit from looking at their own learning through different perspectives. Some of the ways our office can provide support are to help a student understand the best order in which to complete nightly homework, how best to approach multiple- choice questions, how to alleviate stress before a testing situation, or how to organize notes and homework to enhance memory and comprehension.

    • Transitional support for those new to Hockaday or moving from Middle School in managing new courses and increased expectations.

      A student new to our school or to the Upper School may benefit from assistance in learning to manage Hockaday’s 6-day rotational schedule, use of Haiku and WebAssign, semester grading and performance expectations. Together with the advisor, teachers, and other support personnel and administrators, we can help to facilitate or coordinate assistance as needed.

    • Coordination and balance of workload, if injured, such as concussion, or experiencing an extended illness.

      Hockaday students do sometimes experience injury or extended illness. Our office together with the Health Office works to ensure that a student in these situations has a plan in place to recover physically and with her teachers and advisory to ensure she can also do so academically.

    • Provision of academic accommodation plan for classroom use and standardized testing when a documented learning challenge exists.

      A student may receive accommodations within the Hockaday program to assist with equal access to learning if a documented challenge to learning is present. A medical or psychoeducational testing battery is required and must be provided before an accommodation plan can be written and implemented. Once this plan is in effect, we can assist with applying for SAT or ACT testing accommodations.
    Please contact us at any time if you would like more information on any of the ways we can support your daughter’s learning. We welcome your questions and would be happy to meet with you.
  • Middle School

    At the Middle School Level, students may benefit from Learning Support in a variety of ways:
     
    • Assistance in time management, organization, study skills, test-taking strategies, balancing of workload, or academic coaching.

      Many students benefit from looking at their own learning through different perspectives. Some of the ways our office can provide support are to help a student strengthen reading and writing skills, learn how to alleviate stress before a testing situation, or how to organize notes and homework to enhance memory and comprehension.

    • Transitional support for those new to Hockaday or moving from Lower School in managing new courses and increased expectations.

      A student new to our school or to the Middle School may benefit from assistance in learning to manage Hockaday’s 6-day rotational schedule, use of Haiku, trimester grading and performance expectations. Together with the advisor, teachers, and other support personnel and administrators, we can help to facilitate or coordinate assistance as needed.

    • Coordination and balance of workload, if injured, such as concussion, or experiencing an extended illness.

      Hockaday students do sometimes experience injury or extended illness. Our office together with the Health Office works to ensure that a student in these situations has a plan in place to recover physically and with her teachers and advisory to ensure she can also do so academically.
    • Provision of academic accommodation plan for classroom use and standardized testing when a documented learning challenge exists.

      A student may receive accommodations within the Hockaday program to assist with equal access to learning if a documented challenge to learning is present. A medical or psychoeducational testing battery is required and must be provided before an accommodation plan can be written and implemented. In our Middle School we provide support for students with accommodations according to student need:

      • Middle School Learning Lab- Students may participate in a skills-based classroom led by our Middle School Learning Specialist in addition to receiving general classroom accommodations;

      • Classroom Support- Students may receive support and monitoring of accommodations provided through general classroom settings only.
    Please contact us at any time if you would like more information on any of the ways we can support your daughter’s learning. We welcome your questions and would be happy to meet with you.
  • Lower School

    At the Lower School Level, students may benefit from Learning Support in a variety of ways:
     
    Early intervention based on results of assessments conducted throughout the Lower School experience
    • Reading
    Phonological Awareness PK- 6 years old
    Speech and Language PK- Grade 2
    Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension Ages 6- 4th grade
    Spelling- Grades 1-4
    Classroom Benchmark Assessments Content/Skills PK-Grade 4
    • Math
    Skills and Readiness- Grade 1
    Curriculum-Based Assessments Gr. K-4
    • ERB Standardized Assessment Gr. 2-4

    Provision of academic accommodation plan for classroom use and standardized testing when a documented learning challenge exists.

    A student may receive accommodations within the Hockaday program to assist with equal access to learning if a documented challenge to learning is present. A medical or psychoeducational testing battery is required and must be provided before an accommodation plan can be written and implemented. In our Lower School we provide support for students with accommodations according to student need:
    • Lower School Learning Lab- Students may participate in a reading/spelling skills-based classroom led by our Lower School Reading Specialist in addition to receiving general classroom accommodations;

    • Speech Therapy, Academic Language Therapy, and/or Occupational Therapy provided on site via independently contracted therapists;

    • Classroom Support- Students may receive support and monitoring of accommodations provided through general classroom settings only.
    Please contact us at any time if you would like more information on any of the ways we can support your daughter’s learning. We welcome your questions and would be happy to meet with you.

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