The Winsor School
A leading school for academically promising girls in grades 5-12

Academic Support

Winsor aims to create a learning environment in which every girl can work to her highest potential. When girls need support, they learn to ask for help—and that their teachers are there to help. Our coordinator of academic support is also there as a resource, if needed. Faculty, students, families can turn to her to help understand learning needs and to equip girls with strategies to do their best.

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Thank you to the Senior Peer Tutors

Recently, I sent an email to the Class VIII students to thank them for volunteering their time to the Peer Tutoring Program this year and I wanted to share it with the Winsor community.

Dear Seniors,

I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are of the time and care that you put into the Peer Tutoring Program this year. A number of you generously tutored more than one student. Some of you pitched in at the last moment or offered to meet with a student a few times to help her prepare for a big test or assignment. Whatever amount of time you were able to contribute, I want you all to know that your help matters. You truly are the learning specialists and as such, one of the greatest resources for academic support at Winsor.  

Thank you for your time and energy!

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Academic support is a significant concern for independent schools — more so today than in the past. On the surface, the trends seem worrisome: A number of schools say more students are struggling, while others report that more parents are pushing for individual support and accommodations, specifically so their children can gain extended time on standardized tests.

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Over the past 30 years, more and more independent schools have established academic support programs and learning centers to address their students' individual learning needs. Perhaps not surprisingly, as the number of students being evaluated has increased, even more families have requested academic accommodations and services for their children. For the most part, learning centers and tutors have served the individual needs of students well. But in the rush to accommodate students and families, there has been a tendency to over-pathologize­ students' struggles and to categorize too many under the auspices of learning centers.

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