Every student has a faculty advisor who servers as a personal advocate and mentor. Students have scheduled advisory meetings two times per week. They also meet once a week with their advisor for a group activity that focuses on character development. The advisor plays a key role in the student's experience at Webb and also serves as the liaison between parents and the school.
Each day, teachers are available in their classrooms to help students for a 45 minute class period called Extra Help. This time is built into our students' schedules, and they quickly learn to take advantage of it. In addition, Upper School students are selected to be peer mentors to Middle School students who may need additional help during their Extra Help period.
Sixth Grade Focus
Sixth graders participate in a Focus class three days a week in which they utilize tools in a variety of disciplines including technology, writing skills, reading comprehension, library skills, and organizational study skills. Students also extract, contemplate, and discuss the Honor Code through applications as they read four novels in the classroom.
The Academic Support program is for students with diagnosed learning differences. Our trained and dedicated staff provide direct instruction in reading, time management, study skills, composition, and testing accommodations. The program offers structure, attention, test preparation, daily review, resources to acquire audiobooks, appropriate testing spaces, academic monitoring, organizational instruction, and direct intervention for learning differences.
Webb monitors standardized test preparation for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors as they prepare to take the PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT through the use of the Method Test Prep Khan Academy. All students receive a free Method Test Prep account. This online suite of SAT and ACT preparation materials provides 25 hours of self-paced instruction in each test.
The Study Center is a scheduled class for all 9th graders and new 10th-12th graders which provides study skills instruction, as well as a closely monitored study space to complete homework. The goals of the Study Center are to support the learning and educational development of every Webb student through collaborative effort and research-based teaching and learning and to help all students acquire strong learning and advocacy skills for college and beyond.
Occasionally, an adult or peer tutoring is appropriate for the student with specific instructional deficits and needs short-term assistance.
Please send requests for tutoring consideration to the dean of academic affairs.
The Webb School’s learning center consists of the study center and two levels of academic support for eligible students. The goal of the learning center is to meet the individual needs of students best to promote a successful academic and social experience.
Some students do not have a specific learning diagnosis, but they need support to navigate the expectations of The Webb School's curriculum. The goal of the study center is to support the learning and educational development of every student through a collaborative, research-based effort of teaching and learning and to help the student acquire robust life-long learning and self-advocacy skills for college and beyond. Study center instruction takes place during a student's study hall period.
Academic Support Level 1 and 2
The Learning Center Staff are trained learning specialists. Our director and the learning center staff facilitate student achievement for those students who have documented learning differences. The instructors provide direct instruction in reading, time management, study skills, composition and work with the student's support team to create school-appropriate classroom and testing accommodations. The Academic Support program offers structure, attention, test preparation, daily review, resources to acquire audiobooks, appropriate testing spaces, academic monitoring, organizational instruction, and direct intervention for learning differences.
Students are encouraged to take ownership of their academic responsibilities and successes through academic support levels 1 and 2. Students are placed in a support program after a psychologist or physician identifies a learning or physical disability that may impact learning. The director of learning services facilitates the review of documentation for placement consideration. There is an additional fee for academic support levels 1 and 2.
Levels of Support
Level 1: Eligible students receive hands-on instruction, including research-based interventions in the student’s area(s) of deficit. The goal is for them to use accommodations and direct instruction to develop independence in their learning.
Level 2: Eligible students are typically those who have previously been in a level 1 class but are ready to embrace independence in their learning. They may still use accommodations that are managed and administered through the academic support department. Additional candidates for support level 2 may be students with a documented learning difference that requires classroom or testing accommodations but does not require instruction in their area of deficit.