360° Support from all sides
Our learning specialists, who are part of the Student Wellness Team, work one-on-one with Upper and Middle School students on academic skills, ranging from organization and calendar planning to note-taking and study strategies. The learning specialists also work closely with outside professionals to create student accommodation plans.
Small classes & personal relationships
With an average class size of 12 students, KO faculty can get to know each student individually and address their specific needs. Each student is known as a person and as a learner. KO teachers provide ongoing constructive feedback so students can reach their full potential and achieve their personal goals.
The Advisor Advantage
The advising system provides strong support to student learning. Advisors regularly check in with their advisees about how classes are going informally and as part of formal conferences. Advisors help students navigate academic issues students are facing by helping students reach out for extra help, suggesting study strategies, and directing them for further support.
Faculty & Peer Tutoring
In addition to working with their teacher directly, students are welcome to drop in to dedicate study areas for extra help. The Math Center, the Writing Center, and the Public Speaking Center housed on the ground floor of the Seaverns Building, provide expert advice to students during free periods and after school. Both peer tutors and faculty members are available to help students with math and writing, and public speaking.
Two academic specialists who are part of the Student Wellness team work with Upper School students on academic skills, from organization and calendar planning to note-taking and conquering writer’s block. Students are free to make appointments, and advisors also make referrals to the office. The office also works closely with local doctors and therapists on educational accommodations. You can read more about the Student Wellness service here.
Students work with their advisors and college counselors on academic planning. In addition, our Director of Academic Planning, Carolyn McKee, can meet with students who want to look downstream and map out options for particular curricular pathways.