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Upper School Academic Support

Our goal in Academic Support Services within the Upper School is to develop skills for students who have demonstrated a particular learning need in the areas of executive functioning, study skills, written and oral expression, or reading.

Identifying the Need

The role of the Academic Support Coordinator (ASC) is to support student learning and enhance classroom instruction. Through faculty grade-level meetings, interim reports/grades, and comments as well as advisor observations, the ASC’s role is to gather information and analyze its meaning. Subsequent strategies and/or recommendations will then be pursued as necessary.

Participating students meet once or twice weekly with the ASC. The purpose is to work on specific skills related to executive functioning, writing, or a test or project, not to do homework.

Students with documented learning disabilities may receive additional time for examinations (Extra Time Policy).

Grade-Level Meetings

At monthly grade-level meetings, students are reviewed for progress. The advisor is crucial in this process. Based on information coming out of the grade-level meetings, advisors, ASCs, the Division Head, and the Director of Academic Support establish short- and long-term goals in regard to a particular student, and further develop action plans based on those results.

The ASC and Advisor are in regular contact with the student’s teachers to help support any modifications to the plan.

When appropriate, we will bring together parents, advisors, and the full teaching team to review accommodations and best practices concerning a particular student. This meeting hopes to predict and support a student’s academic path.


All Upper School students participate in Freshman Seminar and Advisory. The program teaches freshman-specific study skill strategies and research skills necessary for Upper School coursework.

At the same time each student is assigned to a faculty advisory. Here students are provided academic and emotional support, monitoring a student’s progress, regardless of whether they are involved in Academic Support Services.

US Academic Support Team

Lisa Baker
Head of Upper School
M.S. Johns Hopkins University 
B.A. The American University

Clementine McNamara
Academic Support Coordinator (ASC)
B.A. University of Maine
M.Ed Cambridge College

David Conner
Academic Support Coordinator (ASC)
B.A., University of Houston

As appropriate, Academic Support Team members may also include the student's advisor, the dean of students, school nurse, school counselor, and private tutors.

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