Academic Support Programs
The Waterford School offers a highly specialized form of tutoring and academic support programs that focuses on improving skills primarily in Reading and Math for students with diagnosed learning differences. Additionally, a comprehensive program is offered to provide explicit instruction, support and strategies in all areas of executive functioning, include general organizational skills as well as support in preparing for exams.
The school psychologist and the School Dean recommend students for tutoring through a careful review of the neuropychological exam, with all requests for tutoring requiring review and approval by the Dean. Typically students meet for tutoring three to four times per week during a study hall or an elective block throughout the week.
Students and tutors work in a one-on-one partnership within the Academic Support Program that is tailored to meet students’ specific needs. The ultimate goal is that students ﬁnd independent success in the subject. With that in mind, topics focus on areas where students have the most difficulty. Tutors coordinate efforts with teachers as they work from current texts and materials. Tutors also communicate with parents through a midterm and ﬁnal report, which outlines student progress.
Additionally, under the direction of the Department Chairs and the Director of the Academic Support Program, students may also access one-to-one tutorial support in the Writing Center, which offers consultations for students at all stages of the writing process. The Writing Center supports writing projects from all disciplines, and works to promote effective peer review.
Also included in the Academic Support Program is the Math Lab. This lab is designed to support students and is staffed by the Math Department faculty. The Math Lab program connects students with any member of the math department, not just their current teacher. This lab is used to reinforce concepts and provide a constructive environment for students to grapple with challenging homework assignments.
After School Homework Center
The After School Homework Center supports and models productive out-of-class learning conditions. It is a resource that provides a quiet, supervised study space where students can complete homework with some coaching on organization and study skills, light academic support, and assistance in taking advantage of other academic supports such as the Math Lab or Writing Center. Students do not need to sign up for After School Homework Center, but it may be recommended or required (in collaboration with parents) as a support for students who are struggling, academically. The Waterford After School Homework Center is open from 3:30-5:00 pm, M-F, in the East Library.