Student Support Team (SST)
The Student Support Team (SST) was created in 2008 with the idea of furthering the communication between the Learning Center, counselors, and administrators. The SST meets every other Thursday during 9th period. Student concerns are relayed by the Learning Center and the counselors, and feedback from any teachers is discussed at this time. In 2009 the SST began performing probation reviews at the end of each semester and reporting recommendations for those on probation to the principal. The Director of the Learning Center heads this committee and reports any information discussed to improve the support we offer our struggling students.
Academic Assistance Program (AAP)
The Academic Assistance Program (AAP) was created in 2011 by the Student Support Team (SST). The goal of the AAP is to provide structured study sessions Monday through Thursday for freshmen and sophomores who wish to receive additional help. AAP coordinates with individual students, counselors, parents and teachers to determine which students would benefit the most from the Academic Assistance Program. All sessions are held in the Robert M. Walton '41 Learning Center from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. A comprehensive list of tutoring options for AAP is available. Students will be assigned to the AAP or are welcome to drop in if room is available.
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