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 areas of weakness remediated. Cooperative learning and collaboration are essential to our student-centered environment. Students build communication, inquiry, and problem solving while learning from each other.
Accommodations for Students with Documented Learning Needs
If a student is in need of formal accommodations (such as extra time), families must submit documentation. Written notification must be provided from a licensed psychologist/clinician and updated every 1-5 years depending on the disability. Please understand that a note from a pediatrician will not provide this kind of information. Accommodations are considered by the Support Services team when the documentation is received by the Director of Support Services. An Education Plan is developed for each student with documentation on file and shared with only those who need to know to work with the student (e.g., teachers, coaches, advisor). 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 Director of Support Services
Direct Support from a Specialist
Most students will find that the support inside the classroom and directly from the teacher meets their needs. In a limited number of cases, we recognize that individualized support, from a specialist, who can target specific skill areas to improve, is 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
, M.Ed., is our full-time reading specialist. Reading support is primarily integrated into the classroom setting for individuals and groups of children in Grade 1-3. Direct support, outside of the classroom, is also provided for small groups of children who qualify. 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 Supplemental Math Teacher
The supplemental math teacher, Alison Trexel, collaborates with teachers within the classroom to create appropriate project based enrichment activities for children in Grades 1-3 math.
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 who have been 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 all other 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.
Faculty as Tutors of Sewickley Academy Students
Students in need of academic support generally find that 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. However, we recognize that in some cases more targeted and consistent support is needed through tutoring to remediate the proficiency of a student in a specific content or skill area. The Director of Support Services maintains a list of those 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)
A CAT is a student in a higher grade level who tutors younger students. At Sewickley Academy, Senior School student volunteers help younger students in Grades 4-9 to achieve greater academic success. For more information about the CAT program contact School Counselor, Lynn Sanborne