LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM
At Marvelwood, we are committed to the belief that every student learns differently, and that these differences are to be appreciated and accommodated through a combination of intensively targeted efforts on the part of the faculty to make even the most challenging college-preparatory curricula accessible to students of all abilities, talents, interests and learning styles. Our unique Learning Support programs provide the tools that help students with learning challenges experience academic success, increase self-confidence, and acquire strong learning and self-advocacy skills needed in college and beyond. Students at every level of ability are encouraged to participate actively in their studies, practice self-advocacy, and accept guidance from the professionals with whom they interact every day. The school offers optional Learning Support programs in which teachers work one-on-one or in small groups with students to overcome obstacles to their academic success. Our teachers have the training, experience, creativity, and patience to identify and remediate weaknesses in basic skills, to support a student’s efforts in content classes through the use of specific learning strategies or assistive technology, and to fill in the gaps which may present an impediment to success in college preparatory coursework.
LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM @ MARVELWOOD STRATEGIES I One-on-one tutorial support for students with documented learning differences and academic weaknesses in multiple areas. Students in Strategies I meet individually with their teacher on a daily basis, focusing on academic support for content classes, preview and review of homework, use of assistive technology, and instruction/strengthening of reading, writing, organizational, and study skills. Individualized support is also available for students with documented math differences.
independence. Students meet daily with a teacher in groups of no more than four, and focus on organizational and time management, metacognition and self-awareness, language and math skills, learning theories, and stress and anxiety management.
ORTON-GILLINGHAM INTENSIVE A program of daily intensive language remediation, incorporating one period of Orton-Gillingham instruction and a separate period of appropriate supplemental academic support.
CONNECTIONS STRATEGIES II Small-group support designed to improve and support students’ overall achievement as they move toward increased academic
In the Connections Program, students work collaboratively with a coach to strengthen social-emotional competency skills. In one-on-one and group settings,
the coach and students explore topics including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Each student has an individualized program that is designed around the student’s strengths and challenges. The coach works with the faculty and staff to maximize the level of support that the student is provided.
THE NEWLY-REFURBISHED CLARK CENTER FOR LEARNING SUPPORT HOUSES OUR LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM.
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THE KILDONAN / MARVELWOOD PARTNERSHIP Kildonan School made its reputation through programming and instruction specifically designed for students with dyslexia. In 2020, Marvelwood announced plans to strengthen and expand our support for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences by way of an advantageous partnership with the Kildonan organization. Instructors trained through the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute are now part of Marvelwood’s Clark Center for Learning Support, employing 1:1 Orton-Gillingham (OG)—a structured, multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and writing—to support students with language-based learning challenges. For information about the program, please contact the Office of Admission at 860-927-0047 or email@example.com.
KILDONAN’S CAMP DUNNABECK SIX WEEKS EACH SUMMER EARLY JULY - MID AUGUST ON THE MARVELWOOD CAMPUS
Kildonan’s Camp Dunnabeck is an academic camp for boys and girls age 8 to 16 with dyslexia and languagebased learning differences, accepting students of average to above-average intelligence. Boarding, day, and online options are available. Many students working to recover academic skills lost during school closures and remote learning will benefit from our program.
WATCH YOUR CHILD’S READING & WRITING SOAR!
Camp Dunnabeck balances 1:1 Orton-Gillingham language remediation with outstanding recreational activities. Pre- and post-battery of standardized and criterion-based testing will help families gauge progress and determine readiness for school in the fall. Tests Administered Gray Oral Test of Reading (GORT 5); Gates MacGinitie Reading Test (GMRT); Test of Written Spelling (TWS); Gallistel Ellis Test of Coding; Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST); Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-5), Mathematics (if applicable)
.ORG 476 Skiff Mountain Road, Kent, Connecticut 06757
A day and boarding school for grades 9-12 & PG.
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