Academic Support

Learning Strategies

Type: Pass/F Available to: all students in grades 10, 11, and 12 Schedule: decided after the start of school in collaboration with members of the Learning Center Special notes: This course does not count towards any diploma requirement. In Learning Strategies, students meet one-to-one with a member of the Learning Center during a portion of one of their open study periods to practice effective learning skills such as organizational techniques and ways to utilize assistive technology. Students learn about their strengths and needs as learners, how to communicate with teachers, how to effectively allocate time and energy, how to best track assignments and deadlines as well as how to thrive using sustainable and empowering techniques. The goal of this course is to build essential academic skills and establish resources needed to be successful Stevenson students.

Skills for Academic Success

Type: Pass/F Available to: grade 9 students, required for those grade 9 students who are not taking Collaborative Study Hall SPECIAL NOTES: This course does not count towards any diploma requirement. Final placement in Skills for Academic Success is at the discretion of the staff of the Learning Center. Skills for Academic Success offers academic support as well as structure around assignment completion for students who may need these services. The class meets four times during the eight-day schedule cycle. Each class has built-in organization and habit forming. Students analyze who they are in the classroom and how their academic behaviors impact their overall performance. During the first week of school, they learn the one-binder system of organizing their materials, they utilize Google calendar and set up their schedule for the year, and they learn best practices for navigating Canvas. The goal of this class is to serve Grade [...]

Collaborative Study Hall

Type: Ungraded Available To: grade 9 students, required for those grade 9 students who are not taking Skills for Academic Success  Schedule: meets two days out of each eight-day cycle Special notes: This course does not count towards any diploma requirement Collaborative Study Hall (CSH) is for all grade 9 students who are not enrolled in the Skills for Academic Success class. The students meet in their class sections twice per eight-day cycle in the Learning Commons in order to learn good study habits, familiarize themselves with studying in the Learning Commons, engage with the Learning Center faculty and resources, use their peers and upperclassmen as study resources and get work done during school hours.

Community Forum

Type: Ungraded Available To: grade 9 students, required for those students Schedule: meets one day out of each eight-day cycle Special notes: This course does not count towards any diploma requirement Community Forum is designed to foster a sense of community and to  help grade 9 students with the transition to high school at Stevenson. The director of community education guides a carefully selected group of grade 12 leaders, who facilitate the curriculum for the grade 9 students. With a focus on healthy relationships and values-based decision-making, students discuss topics such as substance use and prevention, time management, peer pressure, community standards, self care and boundaries. Much of the focus is on developing intra- and interpersonal skills by teaching effective communication and creating a space where students can explore their habits, choices and aspirations in a safe, respectful, and trusting environment. These lessons lead to a clear understanding of [...]

Health & Life

Type: Ungraded Available to: grade 10 students, required for those students Schedule: meets one day every other eight-day cycle Special notes: This course does not count towards any diploma requirement. The Health & Life course builds on our community curriculum by providing a space for our students to continue their learning and engagement around topics of mental health & wellness, cultural competency, and healthy relationships. This course meets one time every other cycle (approximately 9 times over the course of the school year) and is taught by members of the student life office. As a continuation of the conversation we start in Community Forum during their 9th grade year, faculty engage students in a variety of topics that take into consideration the changes students experience during their grade 10 year. The goal of this course is to provide students with resources and tools that allow them to navigate their [...]

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