Socrates once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit.” A key focus of the Academy is to provide support so that students learn habits of excellence. In addition to daily advising and a hands-on approach from faculty and staff, assistance is available through these tools:
Tutorials are for students experiencing academic difficulty in a particular class. At the mid-point of each quarter, faculty members identify students whose average is below a C. These students then attend “tutorials” – after-school meetings with that teacher. Teachers also place students in tutorials because they simply are not working to their potential. And parents may request that their students attend tutorials.
8th period occurs after school daily. Teachers remain in their classrooms so students may stop by for extra help. Teachers also can assign students to an 8th period meeting in order to complete homework, prepare for tests, or receive extra help.
Planners are issued to students upon their arrival. Students are expected to use them to monitor assignments, projects, tests, and other important events.
Peer Tutoring are approved by the faculty and assigned through the Counseling Office, and are available to students who need additional assistance.
Applied Learning Strategies is an elective course for credit that incorporates teacher-directed lessons on test-taking strategies, organization, and homework completion.
Quiet Time begins at 8:30 each school night in the residence halls. Students must be in their rooms, or in a supervised study area if they need additional support. Quiet Time is monitored by the Resident Life staff, and is intended to provide structure to study time.
8th Period and Tutorials
8th period and tutorials are a hallmark of the after-school academic support offered here. Relationships between students and teachers that begin in small classes grow stronger through individual extra help sessions. Think of 8th period and tutorials as daily “office hours” for our teachers. Oak Hill students become accustomed to utilizing the resources available to them.
For me, seeing those little glimpses of growth, one student at a time, is promise enough, proof enough, that I’m doing something right. That’s what being a teacher at Oak Hill means to me.