Learning services at Green Acres School are offered to Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School students. In addition to collaborating with teachers around students' needs, a team approach, we help families work with outside diagnosticians and therapists to identify how we can best support a student’s learning profile. This information is then gathered into a learning plan that is shared with each teacher. The Learning Coordinator may also be contacted if a student requires tutoring, speech therapy, or occupational therapy on campus. They act as a liaison between these professionals and the Green Acres staff.
Middle School Advisory
The overarching goals of the advisory program are to ensure that each student is known well, feels a part of the overall community, and finds ways to be academically and socially successful. The advisory program engages students in discussion and activities of important life issues generated by both students and advisors. Topics include health and wellness, digital citizenship, social justice, diversity, problem-solving, independent thinking, study skills, time management, communication skills, stress management, goal setting, and self-reflection, among others.
Our counseling program supports and promotes the social and emotional development of children, helping students to recognize individual strengths and needs, make healthy decisions, develop self-esteem, and contribute to the community in positive ways. The program is based on an understanding of the developmental needs of children and utilizes age-appropriate techniques. Our counselor serves the Lower School and Middle School and provides: (1) short-term support for individuals and small groups, (2) support through classroom observation and collaboration with teachers, and (3) consultation with parents.
The Green Acres School Homework Club is offered to students in Grades 5-8 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:10 PM to 4 PM. Homework Club is for students who want:
- A supervised, quiet study time.
- Help with organization of time and materials needed for homework completion.
- To make up class work or tests missed during absences.
- Access to school computers in order to complete school assignments.
- To work collaboratively with peers on assigned class work or projects.
The School Nurse works as part of a multi-disciplinary team with school administrators, school counselor, and teachers to bolster students’ wellbeing at Green Acres. With professional input from families’ health professionals, the School Nurse coordinates student care plans and manages all medication administration at School. The School Nurse is the person responsible for evaluating student injuries, providing first aid, and contacting emergency personnel if necessary. To help promote a healthy community, the School Nurse provides information to parents throughout the year concerning school-age health issues.
Student Support Committee
The Student Support Committee (SSC) comprises the Head of School, Division Heads, Learning Coordinator, School Counselor, and School Nurse. The SSC meets regularly to review the progress of students who face unusual challenges academically, socially, emotionally, or behaviorally and to seek input and deliberation with others in positions of expertise. The names of students whose progress merits concern are brought to the attention of the committee by teachers or by any of the committee’s members. Meetings are confidential, but SSC members may discuss topics with parents, teachers, or others who have a need to know about specific items.