Supporting our Students

At Marvelwood, we are committed to the belief that every student learns differently, and that these differences are to be appreciated and accommodated through a combination of intensively targeted efforts on the part of the faculty to make even the most challenging college preparatory curricula accessible to students of all abilities, talents, interests and learning styles. Our unique Learning Support programs provide the tools that help students with learning challenges experience academic success, increase self-confidence, and acquire strong learning and self-advocacy skills needed in college and beyond. Students at every level of ability are encouraged to participate actively in their studies, practice self-advocacy, and accept guidance from the professionals with whom they interact every day.

We offer optional Learning Support programs for a wide range of academic challenges including those related to:

• Executive function skills
• Language-based skills (reading, writing, verbal expression)
• Dyscalculia
• Dysgraphia
• Dyslexia
• Processing speed
• Working memory

The newly-refurbished Clark Center for Learning Support houses our Learning Support program.

Support Program Program Details
Strategies I
One-on-one tutorial support for students with documented learning differences and academic weaknesses in multiple areas. Students in Strategies I meet individually with their teacher on a daily basis, focusing on academic support for content classes, preview and review of homework, use of assistive technology, and instruction/strengthening of reading, writing, organizational and study skills. Individualized support is also available for students with documented math differences.
Strategies II
Small-group support designed to improve and support students' overall achievement as they move toward increased academic independence. Students meet daily with a teacher in groups of no more than four, and focus on organizational and time management, metacognition and self-awareness, language and math skills, learning theories, and stress and anxiety management.
Orton-Gillingham Intensive
A program of daily intensive language remediation, incorporating one period of Orton-Gillingham instruction and a separate period of appropriate supplemental academic support. (see below for more information about Orton-Gillingham)
Connections Program
In the Connections Program, students work collaboratively with a coach to strengthen social-emotional competency skills. In a one-on-one setting, the coach and student explore topics including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Each student has an individualized program that is designed around the student’s strengths and challenges. The coach works with the faculty and staff to maximize the level of support that the student is provided. Our goal is for all of our students to develop skills that will enable them to feel connected and valued in the Marvelwood community as well as the social world in which we live.