Academic Resources and Support
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In addition to providing each student with the appropriate level of intellectual challenge, St. Margaret's offers academic support systems designed to enhance the classroom experience and help students reach their potential in every area of study. St. Margaret's offers supplemental programs that provide additional opportunities, challenges, structure and support to ensure that our students reach their goals and are led toward fulfilling lives of work, study and service
All students can take advantage of the following academic resources:
Five times a week, teachers are in their classrooms at the end of the academic day to provide additional support, reinforce course concepts or help students make up work due to absence. No other campus activities are scheduled at this time. “TA," as it is popularly called, is a great time for students to start homework or begin studying for a test.
Every student at St. Margaret's has her own advisor, a faculty or staff member who serves as a communication link between the student, her family and the school. An advisor is assigned to each student during her first year. During her remaining years at St. Margaret's, the student may choose her own advisor. Because we believe so strongly in providing personal attention, each advisor works with a group of just four to six students.
Advisors take a special responsibility for students' academic progress and personal growth, offering advocacy, encouragement and accountability. They have contact with their advisees four times in a typical week, sitting with them in chapel and meeting informally with them at lunch. Advisors also review grades and comments with both students and parents. The advisor often becomes one of the most important people in the advisee's—and family's—life at St. Margaret's.
Day and Evening Study Hall
Every student is scheduled for at least one proctored study hall daily. During day study halls, teachers can offer one-on-one assistance to students and help them remain current with their assignments. Working in the library under adult supervision provides a structured atmosphere, as well as access to technology and library resources.
Sunday through Thursday, for two hours each evening study halls are a time for students to actively engage in academics-alone, with teacher support or in small collaborative groups. Study hall takes place in either dorm rooms or adult proctored spaces depending on grade level and/or academic achievement.
Weekend Study Hall
A two-hour, faculty-proctored study hall, usually on Saturday morning, is open to all students. Teachers or advisors may require the attendance of any student who has incomplete or unacceptable work, needs structured time for study, review or preview.
Study Skills I and Computer Literacy
This trimester credit course for all entering 8th, 9th and 10th-grade students not enrolled in ESL courses, teaches, reinforces and develops appropriate and consistent study techniques and habits. It also fulfills the graduation requirement for computer literacy. Study Skills I is open to new 11th and 12th-grade students upon request and as deemed appropriate by the Director of Studies. Entering ESL students in Introductory and Intermediate ESL courses recieve this instruction through first trimester ESL American Culture.