Understanding how a student's formal education plan is created at Vermont Academy
The ways in which certain learning differences are addressed
Short and long-term goals of Learning Skills
Your expectations for your student in the Learning Center
Universal Design for Instruction
Details & Enrollment
List of 3 items.
Enrollment and Scheduling
When a student enrolls in Learning Skills, the family fills out a contract and submits it to Susan Schmitt, the Director of the Learning Center. Program fees (based on the number of sessions per week and broken down by trimester) are handled through the business office.
Once the student’s class schedule is finalized through the Academic Dean’s office, the desired number of Learning Skills sessions are built into the schedule. Students are paired with a Learning Specialist based on specific areas of need and perceived personality matches.
How a Learning Skills Session is Guided
Learning Specialists manage the balance of time in a given session by providing help with current, upcoming, or late assignments, while still leaving significant time for work on the student’s goals, study habits and skills, and broader areas of academic improvement.
Short and Long-Term Goals of Learning Skills
The short-term goal of the Learning Skills program, generally stated, is to help students meet the expectations of a demanding Vermont Academy curriculum, including:
Showing up to all commitments
Submitting all work in a complete and timely fashion
Planning and preparing for longer assignments
Studying effectively and efficiently
Applying one’s effort consistently and evenly across all classes
The long-term goals of the Learning Skills program are to transition students into confident, independent learners who are prepared to handle the demands of a college curriculum. Students are:
Feeling that they possess the tools and mindset to reach their academic potential
Willing and able to communicate directly and personally with teachers and administrators regarding work or issues
Willing to seek help when needed
Managing time so that work is completed inside of deadlines
Willing to offer help to others
Earning grades in which they are proud and satisfied