We recognize that all students learn differently.
We aim to create a learning environment in which every student can become an independent, successful learner and achieve their highest academic potential within our academic program. We also recognize that neurodivergent learners may need additional support to be successful. Getting to know each student and understanding their strengths and opportunities for growth is central to our approach to teaching. Therefore, our learning environment prioritizes small class sizes and meaningful teacher-student relationships. All students are expected to take a full load of college preparatory classes including a world language. We do not modify assignments or assessments in a way that would fundamentally alter the curriculum.
The primary goal of our counseling department is to uphold a positive and supportive environment for learning and personal growth. With a multidisciplinary approach, our counseling department provides social and emotional instruction, support, and guidance that bolsters each student's ability to experience success at The Harvey School. The counselor also consults with parents about developmental, behavioral, and emotional issues that affect student progress and the well-being of the community at large.
The counseling department:
- Provides student support and coaching.
- Consults and collaborates with teachers and advisors.
- Coordinates with outside mental health professionals.
- Supports families in crisis.
The learning specialists provide resources to assist neurodivergent learners with strategies to meet the academic standards we hold for all students to become independent, lifelong learners. They may also recommend classroom strategies and specific school-approved accommodations to implement for student support.
We have found that students do well at The Harvey School when:
- The relationship between the School and the family is open and collaborative.
- Students self-advocate.
- Learning issues are mild to moderate and/or previously remediated.
- Students can fully pursue our challenging college-prep curriculum.
Examples of reasonable accommodations (based on appropriate documentation) may include:
- Extra time on tests
- Preferential seating
- Use of calculator / use of computer
- Use of audiobooks
Student Support Team
Each division has a multidisciplinary 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 issues, preventing them from occurring, and providing interventions and/or resources when issues arise.
Each team includes a learning specialist, school counselor, and other administrators, faculty, and staff.
The student-advisor relationship is central to the Harvey experience. Based on academic and personal interests, students are paired with their advisors and meet weekly in small mixed-grade level groups (by division). The advisory program seeks to ensure that students have at least one faculty member who serves as the primary contact and mentor for that student as well as develops social and academic skills through collaboration with teachers and administrators.
Upper School Writers' room
Staffed by English department faculty who are knowledgeable of the scope and sequence of the writing skills taught at each grade level, the Writers' Room is a place where students can work on any piece of writing and find one-to-one writing support and mentoring. Students can utilize the Writers' Room during their free periods to work on assignments or get coaching on any aspect of the writing process.
Middle school study hall
All students are assigned to a daily study hall proctored by a teacher. This is an opportunity for students to connect with teachers, get organized, complete homework, and prepare for assessments. Learning specialists may also use this time to connect with individual students. All study halls meet at the same time, which allows students to visit with any of their teachers.