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Academic Support


ILT: Individual Learning Time

皇冠体育appStudents are provided time during a school day to work on their studies and further advance their academic progress in any area.  Students report to a designated study space and may work individually or in groups.  Students are expected to manage their time wisely and actively seek and utilize the resources made available to them for success both at Maur Hill - Mount Academy and in their next step into University.  Maur Hill-Mount Academy is guiding students to be independent and responsible young adults who will be their own advocates and take ownership of their academic path.

Usage examples of ILT:

  • Working on school assignments, projects, or extended time in the classroom with a teacher
  • Receive academic support during the school day from teachers who also have this time available
  • Outside of school work like ACT/SAT and TOEFL preparation
  • Advancement of school club or activity the student is involved in and maybe leading
  • Meetings with college counselor and time to complete college and scholarship applications


MLT: Mandatory Learning Time

The ILT changes to MLT when a student has an academic grade below 70%, but teachers are able to enact this change at a higher (e.g 75% or 80%) based on what the teacher determines to be most appropriate for their class and a particular student. The transition to MLT can also take place when a student has not demonstrated the proper use or responsibility of their ILT time.  The teacher and/or academic team will identify a student who will now be required to meet routinely with their teacher.  Whereas a student had the opportunity to obtain the academic support during ILT, the change to MLT makes the choice for the student who is now scheduled to meet with that teacher until their academics and/or responsibility is reestablished at an appropriate level to be allowed to return to ILT.


SLT: Structured Learning Time

The MLT can change to SLT when the teacher or academic team identifies a student needing an even greater amount of support. The student must now only report to one specifically designated classroom when they are not meeting with their teacher for MLT.  Just like MLT, this time is monitored by the academic team to ensure the support is actively taking place and it will focus on the student's positive advancement academically, establishing & building skills for the classroom, time management, and growing their overall commitment to their studies.  The school has an SLT teacher who manages this classroom and communicates with the student's teachers in order to clearly identify targets and goals for student's success.  A student assigned  to SLT will be within this structure for a minimum of 10 days where they will actively receive tutoring and guidance support from the SLT teacher.  With the appropriate improvement seen in their academic grades and commitment, the academic team will then determine if the student is ready to return to ILT/MLT, or would benefit from addition time in SLT.

 

Special Courses
 

Freshman Seminar

A course for 9th grade students who would benefit from additional academic oversight and structure that this class provides during this first year of transition into our college prep environment.  Students will learn study skills and develop positive habits while receiving further tools to benefit their current course schedule, as well as continued academic success in future years.  Developing advocacy for oneself is a forefront of the class, as students are guided on the importance and availability of communication with teachers on their academic work and finding the paths to reach their goals.
 

Senior Seminar

皇冠体育appA class designed for 12th grade students to explore career options and selecting their top university choices.  The teacher will help the students navigate the college application process and provide individual support like reviewing a student's application essay when needed. The class further evolves into providing a deeper understanding of "real world" responsibilities and insight that will benefit them after graduation.

  • ACT/SAT test preparation
  • College applications & scholarships
  • Personal finance, life skills, budgeting, and living independently
     

ACT/SAT Prep Course

皇冠体育appWith 98% of graduates continuing their education into colleges across the country every year, their preparation to gain the acceptances and scholarships is a key part of their studies and support at Maur Hill - Mount Academy. In addition to the college prep curriculum and daily starters that take place within their classes already, we offer the ACT/SAT prep course to further advance their knowledge and skills for these exams. Students will learn specific strategies for each section of the test, adopt those best strategies that are most suited for them as an individual test taker, and then take practice exams to apply and evaluate their progress. The course will commit specific weeks of focus to each section of the exam and students will continually learn techniques and build skills, including those related to time management and test-taking anxiety. A student will have their overall progress evaluated by the teacher who can provide further resources, supplementary study material, and support in the specific area(s) the student has the greatest opportunity to increase their score.

Maur Hill - Mount Academy is an official ACT & SAT testing site and each exam is offered several times during the semester on campus. The College Counselor will post testing dates at the beginning of the school year and students may register for the exams online themselves or meet with the Counselor for support in registering.
 

English as a Second Language - ESL (International students only)

For students who require English as a Second Language (ESL) support, there are 3 levels available that include Beginner (I), Intermediate (II), and Advanced (III). The program is included in the student's academic schedule during the school day to ensure the necessary English skills are developed and support is provided towards their English mastery. International students will take an English proficiency exam and have an interview with teachers on their first day of school to determine their class placement and what level of support is needed for their success. This may be in the form for the ESL classes, or further within the ESL Department including the international seminar or TOEFL prep classes too.

  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced ESL levels
  • Cover all areas for English mastery, including vocabulary, listening, reading, speaking, composition, writing, grammar, and conversational English
  • Summer (July) ESL program for students to begin 4-weeks early in their preparation and opportunity to advance prior to first day of school.


International Seminar (International students only)

A course within the ESL Department that encompasses a diverse set of academic and interpersonal skills that an international student may not have previously developed or experienced in their home country but will be vitally important to their success in their studies in the US. The class will benefit a student's transition into the US education system and in particular their smooth immersion into the mainstream classes at Maur Hill-Mount Academy and the college prep curriculum.

The ESL Director will provide guidance and support within the student's current class schedule and the skills developed in this class will  continue to actively benefit the student through their next steps into University and future careers.  The class will focus on the following areas and also those that are identified by the school on an individual student basis.

  • Note taking, research, & essay writing skills
  • Presentations & projects
  • Critical thinking, debate, and speeches
  • TOEFL testing support
  • Grade checks and evaluations
  • Setting tutors and establishing speaking partners
     

TOEFL Prep Course (International students only)

A student's TOEFL test results are a key part of an international student's college application. Maur Hill - Mount Academy has this specially designed class within the ESL Department where students work on grammar and writing skills, and complete practice tests designed for each section of the official TOEFL test (reading, speaking, listening, writing). There is extensive focus on TOEFL vocabulary for the student's advancement and preparation for the exam, and a student is required to take the official TOEFL test at least once during the semester. The ESL Director evaluates each individual student's progress towards their goals and provides additional resources, supplementary study material, and further support in the specific area(s) where the student has the greatest opportunity to increase their score.

皇冠体育appMaur Hill - Mount Academy is an official TOEFL testing site, and the exam is offered several times each semester on campus. The College Counselor will post testing dates at the beginning of the school year, and students will meet with the Counselor to sign up for a specific test date(s) and register for the exam(s).

 


Beyond the School Day
(boarding students only)


皇冠体育app The Residency Director is at school daily speaking with teachers in order to learn how a student is performing in class and what the prefects can provide in the evening to further benefit a student's advancement and success. This may included but not limited to the following:


Evening Study Hall

Academics continue into the dormitories each school night where students have a supervised study time. Students are in their room and at their desk studying while the adult staff (prefects) are in and out of the student's rooms providing guidance and academic support where needed. The prefects track and support each individual student's academic grades and progress towards goals.
 

Homework Sheets

A student may be required to maintain a homework sheet where the student records all assignments on the day and upcoming areas of preparation. The homework sheet requires a teacher's signature for each class to confirm the accuracy of the information, and the student will submit the sheet to their prefect after school. This allows the prefect to verify what the the student needs to study that evening, and the prefect will be able to closely monitor and provide support to ensure all studies are completed for the student.
 

Meeting with Teachers

The communication between the dorms and school is vitally important and provides a significant advantage for the students who may need help in a class. The Residency Director who meets routinely with teachers and the greater academic team at school, may schedule mandatory time that a student must report to a teacher after the school day for additional support. With the clear communication between the school and dorms, there is tracking and confirmation that the student is receiving all the support necessary for their success in each particular class.
 

Tutors

  • Teachers: The primary and best tutor for a student to utilize is their actual teacher in a particular class. As students have ILT (see above), students have routine access to teachers during the school day that they can meet with and receive all additional help necessary. We want students to be their own advocates and make the choice to go see the teacher, however the teacher and Residency Director may require the tutoring time if a student has not made the choice to already.
     
  • Prefects: Students will receive support from the prefect specifically during the study hall, but they also will continue to be available to the students throughout the evening. Prefects also play a key role in helping the students stay organized and plan ahead.
     
  • Classmates - Fellow boarding students that may have the same class, took the class previously, or excel in that particular subject. The dormitories provided a positive environment and one where students challenge and support one another.
     
  • Outside Tutors: If a family desires for their student to have outside tutoring support, they may inform the Residency Director of such who can then seek out and hire a tutor on behalf of the family. Although this is an option that a family may choose, the school stands behind the program and resources already in place at Maur Hill - Mount Academy. The school will however be supportive of a family's request.


Students Excelling

皇冠体育appFor student's that are excelling in their studies, the evening study time may not be required as the student has proven their responsibility to manage their time effectively on their own. The prefects will take a step back and allow the student to continue to grow in this direction, but will still monitor grades and check in with teachers to ensure this path. Although a student may have high marks in their classes, this study time may instead be directed towards preparation for standardized exams like the ACT or SAT, projects, clubs, or other ways a student may be need to improve or advance in order to reach their goals.