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Learning Skills Program

Proctor offers three levels of academic support within its fully integrated Learning Skills program. Learn more about each level of support and take a look at sample Learning Profiles, reports, and other materials below.

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  • Learning Skills:

    A Learning Skills tutorial pairs two students with a learning specialist and meets for three sessions per week within the regular academic block schedule. Working collaboratively with each student, the learning specialist develops individualized goals based on the student’s strengths and areas of challenge, which provide the focus for each student’s Learning Skills program. All skills are taught within the context of each student’s content area curriculum. Together, the learning specialist and the student prioritize assignments and plan strategies for short and long-term academic success. Current homework, writing assignments, projects, labs, and assessments are used to advance a broad set of lifelong cognitive skills: executive functioning, reading comprehension, written expression, math literacy, study skills, and self-advocacy. A commitment of a full year is asked at the outset. A student remains in the full program as long as needed; the length of time varies, and exit is determined by the student, parent, advisor, and learning specialist. Students earn an academic skills credit for their participation in Learning Skills as well as an effort grade.
  • Learning Skills Independence:

    Learning Skills Independence (LSI) parallels the structure of Learning Skills, but meets less frequently each week and is designed to be the exit step from full Learning Skills as students accomplish their Learning Skills goals on their pathway to independence. Students are expected to be self-directed and clear on their objectives for their time in LSI, working to become knowledgeable, effective, independent self-advocates who are prepared to successfully manage their academics and access appropriate accommodations and supports as needed in the post-secondary environment. Finding this to be the right level of support, some students remain in LSI longer than one term for continued academic coaching. Students earn an academic skills credit for their participation in LSI as well as an effort grade.
  • Learning Lab:

    Learning Lab is co-taught by two learning specialists in a group of no more than eight students and meets for three sessions per week within the regular academic block schedule. Designed for students who seek a moderate level of academic support as they transition to Proctor’s learning environment, the small group setting of Learning Lab provides assistance with executive functioning, written expression, math literacy, study strategies, and self-advocacy as learning specialists work with students individually to identify priorities and establish goals for the term. Learning Lab also affords students the opportunity for closely supervised independent work time. Some students choose to shift to the more individualized support offered in Learning Skills after working in Lab for a term as their needs become more defined; other students are ready to exit Lab after one, two, or three terms. Students earn an academic skills credit for their participation in Learning Lab as well as an effort grade. 

Nonstandard Testing Accommodations

Proctor’s Learning Skills Department facilitates access to assistive technology and arranges for accommodations on classroom-based and standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP Testing, for those students who meet the eligibility requirements. Reach out to Proctor’s Nonstandard Testing Coordinator, Wendy McLeod with questions.

An Integrated Approach

The integration of Proctor’s Learning Skills program into the school’s overall academic model enhances the experience of all students and faculty. Every teacher has access to student learning profiles for those students directly engaged in the Learning Skills program or on the Learning Skills “Watch” List. Below are sample reports available to faculty, students, and parents.
Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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