The Upper School has two Counselors that encourage students to focus on personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom, Goal V.
The Upper School Counselors’ primary focus is to:
- provide direct short-term counseling assistance to students experiencing academic or emotional challenges.
- facilitate seminar classes, to encourage personal growth and development through educational facts and discussions on topics that are developmentally relevant to adolescent life.
- consult with teachers and parents, provide referrals, and consult with the Upper School Support team in creating strategies for any student in need.
Students in the Upper School at Stone Ridge are encouraged to become independent learners, who are self-aware and able to self-advocate. Most academic support in Upper School is provided through classroom differentiation and direct extra help from faculty. Students make appointments to see their teachers during free periods, break, lunch, before school, and after school. When additional learning support is necessary, learning specialists will assist in determining a course of action.
Upper School Learning Specialists:
- Provide small group/individual meetings.
- Students who have documented learning differences and have demonstrated the need for additional learning support meet on a regular basis.
- Specific study skills strategies are available for all students on a drop-in basis.
- Communicate student learning differences and approved accommodations to teachers.
- Work with teachers to develop in-class support structures for students with learning differences.
- Make referrals for psychological-educational testing and are the school liaisons to educational psychologists.
- Document each student’s accommodations through a Student Success Plan.
- Assist families in applying for College Board/ACT testing accommodations.
Learning Specialist (First and Secomd Academic)
Learning Specialist (Third and Fourth Academic)