Academic Support Services
As a means of further addressing the developmental learning needs of students, Westchester Country Day School offers academic support services. Recommendations for academic support are made by teachers, parents,and students and are reviewed by the classroom teacher, academic support teacher, division head, and guidance counselor. Students are accepted into the program on a first-come first-serve basis. There is an additional fee for most academic support services.
The faculty and administration at Westchester believe that our Middle School students are capable of understanding the content of the courses we offer. However, some students struggle with the subject material, not due to a lack of ability but due to the lack of strategies. For these students an academic coaching class led by the Middle School academic support teacher replaces the students’ foreign language class and takes place during the context of the school day. Emphasis is placed on time management, organization, note taking, and test preparation. At the beginning of each quarter, the students, with the help of the academic coach, will set realistic, measurable goals which will be reviewed and revised throughout the quarter. Focus will be placed on the acquisition of skills needed for mastery of material in core classes. Some class time will be used for students to model strategies learned on current assignments for their core classes. This program is available at each grade level of our Middle School and does not involve an additional charge.
Middle School students may also receive individualized academic coaching on a for-fee basis. This service may be contracted quarterly. Every effort is made to allow the student to gain the skills necessary to function successfully and independently in our school community. The academic coach is available to help the student identify his or her learning strengths and weaknesses and to develop the necessary strategies for addressing any weaknesses that impede the student’s academic progress. As the schedule allows, this individualized academic coaching will take place during the context of the school day or before or after school.