Department of Support Services: Academic, Social-Emotional, and Physical Health Support

Sewickley Academy enrolls a diverse student body with a variety of backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests. Recognizing that students develop, learn, and grow in a variety of ways, the Academy is committed to working with teachers and parents to help children understand their unique personalities and learning profiles. Parents are valued "partners in education" and are consulted and closely involved in individualized planning on behalf of each child's personal and academic success.

The Support Services team coordinates with faculty and families to ensure that every child has both an academically and socially enriching experience PK through Grade 12. Consultation and services are provided in the areas of learning (reading, math, speech/language, and executive functioning skills), counseling, and health. The Academy provides direct support to students through one-on-one and/or small group sessions, as well as classroom-based facilitations in coordination with faculty to help teachers identify and support their students' personal and academic strengths.

Teachers and Advisors
Teachers and advisors offer the first line of support to each student Pre-K through Grade 12. Our low student to teacher ratio coupled with our support services team approach allows for differentiated instruction and individualized attention designed to meet the needs of our students. When a teacher has a concern regarding a student that warrants a team approach and the involvement of other trained specialists, the concern is shared with the Resource Team, headed by Dr. Shannon Mulholland. Teachers and Advisors are available at various times throughout the school day to arrange individualized meetings with students and families.
 
Director of Support Services
Mr. Ryan Baxter is the Director of Support Services. He is available to consult with students, faculty, and families. Any temporary or long standing diagnostic information which impacts learning should be shared with Mr. Baxter (e.g., a learning disability, mental or physical health challenge) so that he can coordinate necessary action plans or strategies to assist the student.  
 
Resource Teams
Each division has a formal structure to facilitate comprehensive student support. All three school divisions have Resource Teams that meet weekly to discuss students who come to their attention via teachers, students, and/or parents. The Resource Team's primary goal is to ensure that the needs of students are addressed in a timely and meaningful manner, while respecting confidentiality and "need to know" guidelines.

List of 6 members.

  • Ryan Baxter 

    Director of Support Services
    The College of Saint Rose - M.S.Ed.
    Fordham University - M.A.T.
    The New School - B.A.
  • Douglas Jones 

    Consulting Psychologist
    Michigan State University - B.S.
    Duquesne University - M.A.
    Duquesne University - Ph.D.
  • Lynn Sanborne 

    School Counselor
    Harvard University - B.A.
    Bryn Mawr College - M.S.W.
  • Leslie Levine-James 

    Learning Specialist
    Lesley College - B.S.
    University of Pittsburgh - M.A.
  • Sally Weir 

    LS Reading Specialist
    University of Akron - B.S.
    Slippery Rock University - M.Ed.
  • Beth Brown 

    School Nurse
    Carlow University - RN, BSN

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Sewickley Academy is a nationally recognized Pittsburgh private school enrolling students in Pre-K through Grade 12 on a single campus.