Support Courses2022-02-25T21:23:53+00:00

Support Courses

Grade 9

Grade 10, 11, 12

Course Descriptions

Skills for Academic Success

Type: Pass/F

Available to: grade 9 students,

required for those students who do not take 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 Ggoogle calendar and set up their schedule for the entire year, and they learn how to navigate Canvas. The goal of this class is to serve gGrade 9 students who are in need of more structure throughout the week and who are still developing executive functioning skills. Students will be required to bring their binder and computer to each class. Cell phones will be collected at the beginning of every class.

Collaborative Study Hall

Type: Ungraded

Available To: grade 9 students, required for who do not take 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 help grade 9 students with the transition to high school at Stevenson. The dean of students and the director of community education guide 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 drug and alcohol use and avoidance, time management, peer pressure, community standards, ethics, boundaries, and sexuality. 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 how to engage in community and build the foundation for grade 9 students to become effective citizens and leaders.

Learning Strategies

Type: Pass/F
Available to: all students
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 every week to gain effective skills such as note-taking and test-taking strategies, organizational techniques and ways to utilize assistive technology. Students learn about their strengths and needs as learners, how to communicate with classroom teachers, how to effectively allocate time and energy, and 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

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