There are a number of support systems in place that help students reach their potential at Webb. Although we strive to foster increasing levels of independence in our students as they progress toward graduation, we attempt to provide the appropriate level of support along the way to help each student succeed. What follows are several systems that enable the School to support students and work effectively with parents.
Each Webb student has a faculty advisor who serves as the student’s personal advocate and counselor, as well as the liaison between the student, parents, and administration. Students meet with their advisors during Chapel and Seminar, and students are encouraged to seek help or counsel at any time.
The advisor works directly with each advisee to plan his or her program of study. Department chairs and other teachers are consulted regarding placement in courses or specific sections (such as Advanced Placement or Honors). During the school year, advisors monitor the academic progress for their advisees. Advisors discuss the academic performance with each advisee and, when appropriate, schedule parent/teacher conferences.
Advisors are organized by grade level. Therefore, 9th grade students will have a 9th grade advisor, and will then have a 10th grade advisor in the following year and so on. This allows the advisor teams to become specialist in the needs for students in a particular grade.
Often a sense of camaraderie develops among the members of an advisee group. Some groups plan special trips such as a movie, dinner at a restaurant, or an athletic contest. Above all, advisors seek to make each student’s Webb experience as positive and productive as possible.
Parents can monitor their child’s academic progress through RenWeb, the online grading system used by Webb. A student’s strengths and weaknesses are identified early, and they are communicated not only to parents but also to the student’s advisor and to the Director of Studies. In addition, progress reports are sent whenever a teacher feels a student is experiencing difficulty. Conversely, progress reports may also be written when a student shows marked improvement. Appropriate action is taken to reward accomplishment or to correct a problem before it proves too difficult for the student to overcome. It is this type of individual attention that helps students reach their full potential while they are at Webb.
Webb grades are calculated four times a year. Written teacher comments are included with all grade reports. These comments describe the student’s progress in individual courses.
In order to facilitate student achievement at Webb, a trained Webb teacher works individually or in small groups with the limited number of Webb students who have documented learning differences or widespread academic difficulties. The teacher provides direct instruction in reading, time management, study skills, and composition and works with the students’ teachers to create Webb-appropriate accommodations.