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“Many students who struggle in school are capable of being high achievers, but something has always stood in their way. We give them strategies to master academic challenges, to reach their full potential, and to experience pride in their academic success.� Dr. Elizabeth Radday, Learning Support Director

Learning Support

Learning Support Marvelwood’s Learning Support programs help students identify and overcome obstacles that may be standing in the way of academic success. Working closely with faculty members on a daily basis, students learn strategies to help them handle rigorous coursework, and gain lifelong self-advocacy skills to manage the future demands of college and careers. Individual attention from faculty members is a critical component of the Learning Support programs. Students work one-on-one with faculty or in small groups of no more than three. They also have the option to participate in a dedicated evening study hall staffed by the Academic Dean, Assistant Head of School, Director of the Bodkin Library, or the Director of Strategies, which allows for consistency and optimal levels of support. At Marvelwood, Learning Support is offered as an elective course; therefore, students are not taken out of their regular classes to receive support. With seven periods a day, students in the program are also able to take other electives. Nearly 40 percent of Marvelwood students enroll in one or more learning support courses. There is an additional fee for these programs.

Learning Support


Marvelwood recognizes that every student learns uniquely, and designs its Learning Support programs to pinpoint and address the specific needs of each student.

Marvelwood has a newly renovated Learning Lab in which students have access to the most up-to-date assistive technologies. The Lab features all-new Macintosh computers, including ten new iPads, which are accessible to all Marvelwood students. In addition, the Lab offers programs designed to address specific needs, such as:

Learning Support I: Students meet one-on-one with a faculty member four days a week, utilizing strategies related directly to their coursework and homework. This could entail organizing ideas and writing papers, creating PowerPoint presentations, learning new vocabulary terms, or strengthening note-taking or test-taking skills. Learning Support II: Students meet with a faculty member in groups of no more than three to hone skills essential for academic success. Using the Strategic Implementation Method model from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, teachers directly instruct students on skills such as making inferences from text, paraphrasing, note-taking, test-taking, time management, organizational skills, and other executive functions. Teachers also use nondirective coaching techniques with all students. Several Learning Support faculty have been trained in executive function/ADHD coaching. Math Tutorial: Students may enroll in the Math Tutorial, a one-on-one math class that replaces a traditional math class, to fill gaps in prior knowledge with the aim of reentering mainstream math courses. Students with dyscalculia or other learning differences may continue in Math Tutorial for all four years.

Book Share, an accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech-to-text program for students with graphomotor weaknesses. Inspiration, a “mind-mapping” organizer that enables students to organize ideas in graphic format. Voice Dream Reader, a text-to-speech program to suit every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus a synchronized combination of both.

“Our teachers are 100% invested in helping each student discover their strengths as a learner. It is truly rewarding to watch our students develop self-confidence, the will to try and to take risks, and the determination to succeed.” Blythe Everett P’14, P’16 Senior Dean for Academics & Curricular Development The Marvelwood School 476 Skiff Mountain Road | PO Box 3001 | Kent, CT 06757-3001 860-927-0047 or toll free 800-440-9107 |

Learning Support at the Marvelwood School  
Learning Support at the Marvelwood School  

Marvelwood's Learning Support programs help students identify and overcome obstacles that may be standing in the way of academic success. Wo...