The mission of the Hopkins Academic Support Program has two distinct objectives: first, to provide academic support for students enrolled in the program; and second, to provide a resource for faculty as they work with multiple learning styles and individual needs in the classroom.
The Academic Support Program provides support to all students identified by the Academic Support Team with an educational need. A referral process is in place which includes parents, teacher, adviser, and the Academic Support Team for the development of a swift and appropriate plan of action for each student. The cornerstone of our referral process is communication among all parties involved with the student. The support program offers a variety of academic services for students including: seventh grade study skills sessions (all seventh graders participate), peer tutoring, one-on-one specialized tutoring, and small group instruction. The program strives to develop each student’s ability by establishing a solid foundation in key academic areas. We seek to produce self-confident, independent learners who can advocate for and support themselves in a rigorous academic environment and also in their lives after Hopkins.
Additionally, Hopkins is a school that celebrates cultural and academic diversity. As the composition of our classrooms has become more diverse with a broader range of learners, meeting the needs of all students requires that faculty members employ a greater variety of teaching methods. As such, the Academic Support Program serves as a resource for the faculty to grow and develop their teaching methods.
Certainly the most common form of support for students is extra help provided by the classroom teacher. Sometimes, however, extra help is an insufficient or inappropriate response to a student’s difficulties. For example, if a student is having difficulty because of weak reading skills, referral to the school’s reading specialistAcademic Support Program will probably be more effective than extra help. Also, a student’s needs may exceed what a teacher can be expected to provide. For these and many other reasons, it may be necessary to enlist the help of the support services provided by the School.
The support services currently available are:
- Hopkins Academic Support Team Program (Matthew Treat, Director of Academic Support)
- School’s Clinical Psychologist (Susan Watson) – diagnostic testing, counseling, specialized tutoring
- Professional School Counselor (Linda Romanchok) – counseling, specialized tutoring