Learning Support Services

Individual Tutoring Services

Academic support is provided through individualized tutoring on a limited basis for both students with documented* learning disabilities and those performing below teachers' expectations. Additionally, when space is available, tutoring is offered to students who believe they could benefit from individualized assistance on a short-term basis.

The learning support teacher generally meets with a student once a week during the student's study hall period. Tutoring sessions typically provide both reinforcement of content and an opportunity for a student to discover and practice strategies to compensate for or improve areas of weakness and to recognize her/his own learning style and strengths. The learning support teacher communicates regularly with the student's teachers to ensure effective reinforcement of the skills and concepts learned in the classroom.

Orton-Gillingham Tutoring

Falmouth Academy offers students in grades 7 through 9 with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, Orton-Gillingham tutoring two to four times per week, depending on need.

Students with dyslexia and other related disabilities who have had remedial reading or writing support through their elementary years often benefit from additional intensive study of the English language during middle school. The level of language support needed for students varies greatly. To ensure academic success for these students, Falmouth Academy seriously considers the level of support each student requires prior to enrollment. The level of support is determined by a variety of means: results of formal testing; feedback from teachers, tutors, and parents; and the results of a series of informal assessments conducted by the learning specialist.

Classroom Accommodations

Because of Falmouth Academy's small size and thoughtful pedagogy, many general learning accommodations are provided as a regular part of instruction and assessment.

Providing accommodations beyond those listed below will be discussed on a case-by-case basis during the admission process. The following is a list of the most commonly used accommodations at Falmouth Academy:

  • Preferential seating
  • Distraction-free environment for testing
  • 50% extended time on in-class assessments
  • Books-on-tape allowed
  • Access to keyboard
  • Instruction includes multi-sensory learning
Standardized Testing Accommodations

Students with documented* need for standardized test accommodations may submit a request to College Board for the PSAT, SAT, AP tests or ACT. The learning support teacher and the college guidance counselor will assist students and parents with the application process. For more information about the College Board and ACT accommodations, please refer to their respective websites.

* Documentation usually comprises either a neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation with supportive diagnosis.

Study Skills

The goal of the Study Skills course is to help 7th graders gain confidence and independence in their learning while practicing study strategies to help them discover how they learn best. Lessons include academic skills like annotating, summarizing, paraphrasing, and outlining, as well as those on building good study habits, such as staying organized and managing time well. The course is conducted in collaboration with the middle school teachers to ensure continuity and effective reinforcement of the skills and concepts learned in the classroom.

Research Skills

The 9th grade curriculum centers on academic research and the skills needed to be a successful high school student. Lessons follow the course of two projects, an independent research project for Science Fair and a Medieval research paper and presentation. Support for all aspects of these projects are provided during the class, including finding relevant and reliable resources, paraphrasing and organizing of information, and creating effective written and oral presentations. The course is taught in collaboration with 9th grade science and history teachers.