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Middle School Learning Support

Middle School is a critical time for your child to develop study skills, effective work habits, and self-advocacy.

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Our faculty know that every student’s journey to achieving independence in these areas may take different forms, and some need additional support to get there. Students who may need help in these areas may enroll in Learning Lab. Learning Lab is taught by a learning specialist with expertise in study and organizational skills. Students receive direct instruction in grade-level concepts and materials in a small group where they can receive the greatest amount of individualized attention. Our learning specialists collaborate with the Middle School counselor and grade-level teams to provide additional academic support, including the identification of accommodations and suggest strategies for students who have undergone outside educational testing.

The Middle Academic Support Team, or MAST, course is designed to teach students specific study strategies and provide a place for them to practice using these skills. The course focuses on helping students develop executive functioning skills, active study skills, and self-awareness and self-advocacy skills.

During MAST class, with the support of MAST teachers, students are able to work on difficult homework assignments and study for tests and quizzes. The teachers guide student work during class and review course content as needed to support student understanding. Upon completion of the course, students have reviewed study skills to provide a sound foundation for future academic success.

In addition to Learning Lab and MAST, all Middle School teachers can provide daily help outside of class. Private tutors vetted by Seven Hills also work with students on campus in a space tailored to focused learning. In the classroom, math and eighth-grade science classes are organized by skill level, allowing student the time and space they need to fully understand these subjects.