To encourage students to take ownership of their academic growth and become strong self-advocates in order to realize their full potential. It is vital that every student becomes an equal partner in the learning experience, develops strong working relationships with their teachers, and contributes effectively to the learning environment of their classes. Various levels of support are available to promote this development.
- Extra Help
- Peer Tutor Drop-In Center
- Writing Fellows
- Professional Tutoring
- Accommodations and Support Plans
Faculty members are available to work with students outside of scheduled classes. Teachers encourage students to be active participants in their learning and work with them to chart a course for success. Additionally, the Academic Support Coordinator guides students to understand their role as strong self-advocates including the importance of initiating and preparing for productive extra help appointments.
Walker’s contracts with carefully vetted professional tutors who are permitted to work with our students on campus. If a student has sought extra help from her teacher in earnest, has kept scheduled appointments in the ASC, and has tried other support services, the student, parent, advisor, or teacher may request professional tutoring. Professional tutoring is arranged for an additional hourly fee through the ASC.
Accommodations and Support Plans are designed by the ASC for students with documented learning differences. These plans will be shared with the students’ advisors and teachers at the beginning of each semester. The goal is for each student to become a strong self-advocate and use the supports available to her, when appropriate. Students are responsible for notifying teachers of their intention to use approved accommodations prior to a test, but some students may need encouragement to do so, particularly Middle School students. The academic support coordinator will meet with students and teachers to review details of a student’s plan.
Accommodations provided for qualifying students:
- Language waiver
- Extended time on assessments (50%)
- Alternate setting for assessments (quiet, minimally-distracting environment)
- Preferential seating in class
- Use of a recording device in class
- Use of a 4-function calculator in class
- Use of audiobooks (must be purchased by the student)
- Use of a laptop/iPad in class
For more information, contact Academic Support Coordinator Mary Beth Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-408-4283.