Academic Resources

Academic Support at Pinewood is committed to improving and supporting the educational experience for students with learning differences and to enhancing an environment of better teaching and learning for all students, from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Our overarching goal is to provide support within a collaborative consultation model. In this model, learning specialists can provide direct support to students in the classroom, or in small groups or individually outside of class. In addition, learning specialists collaborate directly with teachers to support students with different learning styles and help construct and oversee individual educational plans for students with evaluations and specific learning needs. When necessary, learning specialists facilitate coordination with outside tutors and therapists to ensure that our students learning and social-emotional needs are met.

In addition to their direct work with students, our learning specialists support students and teachers as members of all grade level teams, admission committees, and guides in pedagogical practice.

K-6 Academic Resources

Learning Specialist

  • Provides learning assistance for identification, remediation, and accommodations for students who are experiencing learning difficulties.
  • Faculty support and education that will assist classroom teachers in recognizing, understanding, and accommodating students who have learning difficulties.
  • Parent/guardian education to support and assist parents/guardians whose children are experiencing learning difficulties.
  • When necessary, learning specialists facilitate coordination with outside tutors and therapists to ensure that our students learning and social-emotional needs are met.

Tutoring K-6
Language Arts and mathematics teachers are available weekly at certain scheduled periods during the school day to tutor students on an as-needed basis at the teacher’s discretion. For those students who need additional tutoring, some teachers offer tutoring after school for a fee. Please note that it is school policy that a student may not be tutored by his/her classroom teacher. Any and all fees are the sole responsibility of the student’s family and should be paid directly to the teacher. Any tutoring for pay, involving a Pinewood teacher, must occur before or after the school day.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences are held throughout the school year on an as-needed basis. If a teacher or member of the administration believes a conference is necessary, parents will be contacted and a conference will be arranged. Parents who wish to talk to a teacher or member of the administration may schedule a conference at any time by calling the office to set up an appointment or by contacting the teacher directly by phone or email.

7-12 Academic Resources

Learning Specialist
The learning specialist at Upper Campus is a resource offered to assist those students who are experiencing challenges with working and learning at school. Support for students can be in areas such as studying/ exam prep, note-taking, time-management, organization, and planning. The learning specialist can also assist students in accessing their learning accommodations, if applicable. Students may arrange regular meetings with the learning specialist, or can come in for drop-in appointments as needed.

Student Achievement Center
This is a designated space where the learning specialist meets with students, parents, and faculty. Students are also encouraged to collaborate on work and study together here. All learners are welcome.

Learning Labs
A language lab, staffed by a world language department teacher and students from the French and Spanish Honor Societies, is available during lunch on Days 1 and 3, and during H period on Days 2 and 4. Students who need additional help in math can also work with a math teacher or a member of the Math Honor Society at a math lab held every morning from 7:00–7:50am

Tutoring 7-12
Most teachers offer tutoring on an informal basis throughout the school day; some teachers are available after school for students who wish to pay for regularly scheduled tutoring. Arrangements for private tutoring should be made with the individual teacher. Tutoring charges will be determined and collected by the teacher.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences are held throughout the school year on an as-needed basis. If a teacher or member of the administration believes a conference is necessary, parents will be contacted and a conference will be arranged. Parents who wish to talk to a teacher or member of the administration may schedule a conference at any time by calling the office to set up an appointment or by contacting the teacher directly by phone or email. Parents are always welcome to visit classes, but must first check in with the office.


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