Support Services

List of 1 items.

  • Support in the Classroom

List of 8 items.

  • Support in the Classroom

    The learning environment in the classroom is designed to meet the needs of each student.  Through varied classroom activities, homework assignments, and assessments, student strengths are highlighted and opportunities for growth supported. Cooperative learning and collaboration are essential to our student-centered environment. Students build communication, and inquiry and problem-solving skills while learning with and from each other.
  • Accommodations for Students with Documented Learning Needs

    If a student is in need of formal accommodations, families must provide written documentation from a licensed psychologist/clinician. This documentation must be updated every one to five years depending on the disability. Once the documentation is received, a learning profile will be created and a meeting will be scheduled with the family to discuss the accommodation that can be provided. If a student needs and qualifies for extra time on assessments, Sewickley Academy aligns with the national standard (50% additional time) set by the College Board.  Middle and Senior School students should make arrangements with their classroom teachers to use additional time on in-class assessments.
    To understand more about how accommodations are provided at Sewickley Academy, please contact the Director of Student & Instructional Support.
  • Direct Support from a Specialist

    Most students’ academic needs can be met inside the classroom and directly from the teacher.  However, in a limited number of cases, we recognize that individualized support from a specialist who can target specific skills may be needed. In an effort to meet the academic needs of our students we offer support in the following areas of learning: reading, math, speech/language, and executive functioning. Students may benefit from direct or consultative services provided by the professionals in these areas.
  • Lower School Reading Specialist

    Sally Weir, M.Ed. is our full-time reading specialist. Reading support is offered to students who qualify based on assessment and teacher recommendation. Reading support is small-group or individualized instruction outside the classroom, primarily in early grades. Mrs. Weir consults with classroom teachers in Grades 4 and 5 to implement appropriate strategies to help students grow in their reading skills.
  • Lower School Speech and Language Pathologist

    The Allegheny County Intermediate Unit provides a speech pathologist to provide direct speech/language therapy to individuals and small groups referred by the Support Services Team. This individual also provides consultative services to faculty, staff and parents primarily in the Lower School. They are also available to consult with faculty, staff and parents at the Middle and Senior School levels.
  • Learning Specialist/Executive Functioning Skills Coach

    Leslie Levine James, M.Ed. is an independent contractor at Sewickley Academy and provides long-term learning support for students in Grades 3 – 12. Parents of students may contact her directly to arrange for her to work with their child in a one-to-one setting.

    Sewickley Academy's Learning Specialists, Dorothy Killmeyer and Bradleigh Peterkin support students' academic progress by providing targeted, direct instruction in learning strategies to individuals or groups of students. Students are referred to her through the division Support Team process.
  • Faculty as Tutors of Sewickley Academy Students

    Students in need of academic support generally find meeting with a teacher on an as needed basis provides what they need in order to be successful. Students have access to one-to-one and small group support from teachers at various times during the school day and most days between 3:15 and 4:00 p.m. However, we recognize that in some cases more targeted and consistent support is needed through tutoring in a specific content or skill area. The Director of Student & Instructional Support maintains a list of Sewickley Academy faculty who provide this service in accordance with the school’s tutoring policy. If you are interested in more information on tutoring, please contact the Director of Support Services.
  • Cross Age Tutor Program (CAT)

    At Sewickley Academy, Senior School Students volunteer to tutor students in Grades 4-9 to achieve greater academic success.

Meet the Team

List of 11 members.

  • Photo of Rachel Shannon

    Rachel Shannon 

    Director of Student and Instructional Support
  • Photo of Beth Brown

    Beth Brown 

    School Nurse
  • Photo of Derek Chimner

    Derek Chimner 

    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Photo of Matthew Elliott

    Matthew Elliott 

    Director of Security
  • Photo of Carolina Lanza

    Carolina Lanza 

    LS Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Shannon Rankin

    Shannon Rankin 

    Director of Student Life, Middle & Senior Schools
    412-741-2230 ext. 3074
  • Photo of Sally Weir

    Sally Weir 

    Lower School Reading Specialist
    412-741-2230 x3063
  • Photo of Dorothy Killmeyer

    Dorothy Killmeyer 

    Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Matthew Cragg

    Matthew Cragg 

    School Counselor
  • Photo of Bradleigh Peterkin

    Bradleigh Peterkin 

    Learning Specialist
  • Barbara Ammoura 

    ESL Teaching Tutor