At TSA, we want all students to experience academic success and to perform to the best of their abilities. We recognize, however, that sometimes students may need assistance to achieve their potential. Students who require additional support for academic success will be referred to the Academic Services Coordinator. The student, along with his/her family, will work with the coordinator to develop a plan for academic improvement. The plan may include: referring the family and student for testing, referring the family and student to a tutor, or developing an appropriate school or 504 Plan. We can serve students with IEPs in the Special Education categories of Specific Learning Disability and Other Health Impaired.
Advisors are assigned when a student enters 7th grade. The advisor will follow the student through both years of middle school.
Goals of Advisory:
- Academic support: to monitor student progress, set academic goals, and help students reach those goals.
- Social/emotional support: to monitor and support a student’s emotional and social well-being in the school environment.
- Communication: to provide a communication link between the school, student, and family.
Advisors are assigned early in 7th grade before we know a student well. Sometimes a staff member that is not the student’s advisor “clicks” better with a student. In this case, we tend to encourage the relationship that develops most naturally. Sometimes the advisor is officially changed (usually at the end of the 7th grade year). At other times the advisor remains the same and works with the staff member who has developed the close relationship.
Resolving Student Issues
Occasionally, students and parents may need to seek assistance with problems or to attain information that is not available in the handbook. To most effectively address the issue or obtain information the following steps should be taken:
1. Teacher • Contact the teacher directly if the issue is with a specific class.
2. Advisor • Contact the advisor if the issue is not with an individual class, or if a teacher is not able to satisfactorily address the issue.
3. Head of Middle School • When a situation is serious, complex, or ongoing, the Head of Middle School is generally involved. Contact the Head of Middle School if you feel that the advisor and/or teacher have not been able to assist in the resolution of an issue, or as a first step if the situation warrants serious immediate attention.
4. Head of School • If an issue is not able to be addressed satisfactorily through the above steps, the Head of School is the final arbiter of any remaining concerns.