Advisors and Teachers
The first resource for a student in need of academic support is his or her advisor. Stevenson’s advising program is designed to assess and respond to the unique needs of our student body. Students are strongly encouraged to begin by meeting with their teachers and advisors for focused support and advice on how to study. Faculty members schedule time throughout the day to meet with students who are falling behind or feel that they are struggling academically.
Counseling Resource Department
Stevenson’s faculty advisors and members of the Counseling Resource Department work together to support students who are in need of strategic academic guidance. Alex Spence, Stevenson’s counseling resources director, continuously assesses and responds to the needs of the student population on an individual basis. Each year Stevenson offers a course designed to strategically and intentionally instruct students in the art of studying, organizing, planning and communicating in our unique environment. Additionally, our counseling resource faculty members meet with students in need of individualized support once or twice weekly in one-on-one strategy sessions to guide them as they develop effective learning techniques.
Study Skills and Learning Strategies Courses
Stevenson offers two academic support courses, Study Skills and Learning Strategies. Both courses are designed to ensure a smooth academic transition at Stevenson School and to create the most successful experience possible. Study Skills and Learning Strategies are one-unit courses that provide students with effective learning tools. These tools include note-taking strategies, time management, test-taking tips, organizational techniques and ways to utilize the official Stevenson Pirate Planner. Our goal is to build the essential learning skills needed to be successful Stevenson students.
Our library staff is available as a resource for research.
Documented Learning Differences
Stevenson offers some accommodations for students with qualifying and documented learning differences, including additional time on exams and modified testing locations. For questions about specific learning differences, parents or students should contact Alex Spence directly to discuss options and approaches that are appropriate. The admission office can also provide applicants with a list of accommodations that Stevenson can and cannot provide.
Alex Spence maintains a list of approved and recommended tutors who are available to work with students who find that they are in need of additional subject-specific academic support. These tutors are familiar with Stevenson’s unique environment, instruction format, and classroom approaches.
English as a Second Language
Stevenson requires that all international students be fluent in English as we do not offer an official program in English as a second language. However, our teachers and faculty members are willing to meet any student for extra help, typically once a week.
Tips for Academic Success
There is no magic trick to academic success other than hard work. However, there are some techniques and habits that can be observed in many of Stevenson’s successful students. We suggest that students browse our Tips for Academic Success and complete a self-evaluation to help identify individual strengths and areas for improvement. Stevenson students who feel they need help in any particular area are strongly encouraged to discuss their evaluation with their advisor or make an appointment with a member of the counseling resource department.