We recognize that all students learn differently.
At Harvey, we create a learning environment in which every student can be an independent, engaged learner and achieve their highest academic potential. We also recognize that some students with diagnosed learning differences may need additional support to be successful. Our students thrive because our learning environment prioritizes individual attention and the importance of cultivating meaningful teacher/student relationships.
The primary goal of our counseling department is to promote a positive and supportive environment for learning and personal growth. In coordination with our deans, learning specialists, and advisors, our licensed clinical social worker provides individual and group social and emotional support and guidance that bolsters each student's ability to experience success academically, emotionally, and socially at The Harvey School.
On a day-to-day basis, our counselors:
- Provide individual short-term counseling
- Provide referrals to professional resources outside of school
- Collaborate with and support teachers and advisors
- Support families in crisis
- Plan student/parent programming that is developmentally appropriate
The Student Support Team provides resources to assist students with learning differences to meet the academic standards we hold for all our students as they become self-guided, lifelong learners.
Getting to know each student and understanding their strengths and opportunities for growth is central to our approach to teaching. With guidance from our Learning Specialists, teachers can implement strategies or specific school-approved accommodations to best assist each student.
Our full-time staff Learning Specialist provides some direct support for students with topics such as study skills, memory, learning strategies, and test-anxiety management. We do not offer remediation for learning differences.
We have found that students with learning differences do well at The Harvey School when:
- The relationship between the school and the family is open and inclusive.
- Students self-advocate.
- Learning issues are minor or previously remediated.
- Students can fully pursue a challenging college-prep curriculum.
Examples of reasonable accommodations (based on appropriate documentation) may include:
- Extra time on tests
- Preferential seating
- Calculator use / computer use
Student Support Team
Each division has a Student Support Team (SST) that meets weekly to assess the academic, social, and emotional progress and well-being of students.
SST is designed to support students both by anticipating and preventing issues before they occur and by providing interventions and/or resources when issues do arise.
Each team consists of the Division Head, Dean of Students, School Nurse, and other faculty and administrators able to address concerns affecting a student's school performance.
Upper School Writing Center
What if a student doesn't know where to begin on a writing assignment? Or a teacher realizes a student needs extra coaching on the writing process? What if a disappointing essay grade reveals a student's weakness in grammar or usage? For all of these circumstances and more, Brimmer's Writing Center can help.
Students in grades 9-12 can receive 1:1 writing support at the center during one of their free periods. The Writing Center is staffed by English teachers who are knowledgeable of the scope and sequence of writing skills taught at each grade level. Their aim is to help students understand and overcome their challenges to become better, more confident overall writers.
As part of the relationships-based model that is at the core of Harvey, advisors are paired with middle and upper school students that meet weekly in small mixed-grade level groups.
The advisory program seeks to ensure that students have at least one faculty member who serves as a primary contact and mentor of that student. In addition, the advisory program strives to help students develop connections with their peers while developing their social and academic skills.