academic enrichment

Helen Dembinski

Director of Academic
Center for Enrichment
hdembinski@rockyhill.org

ACADEMIC CENTER FOR ENRICHMENT

Rocky Hill Country Day recognizes and celebrates that students’ neural architecture varies. Consequently, our approach is to support that diversity through our Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). With an eye toward promoting each student’s development of the Student Competencies, and acknowledging their myriad of gifts, we offer academic support, study skills, assistive technology, active student participation, and research-based techniques that target specific areas in reading, writing, and math. ACE prepares students to become independent, confident learners, and self-advocates.

ACE

ACADEMIC CENTER

FOR ENRICHMENT

Celebrating neurodiversity and fostering the skills for life long learning

SESSIONS
Students meet with ACE faculty, on average, 2-3 times per week, depending on the need. Classes are held within the school day, and students are typically seen during a study hall or non-academic period in the Academic Center for Enrichment.
SMART GOALS
Students, parents, and ACE faculty write SMART goals at the beginning of the year. ACE collaborates with teachers to follow accommodations and differentiate instruction. All students enrolled in ACE, as well as those not enrolled but with documented learning differences, are monitored throughout the year by their teachers, advisers, and Division Head. Progress is accomplished through goal meetings and/or regular communication between the faculty, student, and family.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
Students who enter Rocky Hill Country Day with a documented learning difference may enter the ACE program by recommendation of the Admissions Office. Current students can enter the program at any time with a recommendation from faculty, staff, or parents.

AS A PROGRAM, WE BELIEVE…

  • Learning differences are strengths and neurodiversity enriches our entire campus
  • Project based learning, small class sizes, and a multidisciplinary approach that includes teachers, advisors, counselors, parents and learning specialists is the most effective way to support students
  • Every student is unique and there is no “one size fits all” 
  • Innovation in neuroscience and brain development unlock new teaching strategies and methods of learning 
  • Direct teaching of academic and self advocacy skills increase self esteem, boost overall confidence and improve learning outcomes

INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

The Academic Center for Enrichment is pleased to partner with our Center for Innovation to bring exciting entrepreneurs to campus. Our Mindprint Learning partnership is open to all ACE students as a tool to determine how they learn best. Students take the Mindprint assessment to identify learning strengths and needs and then turn their results into action plans to improve learning outcomes.

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BENFITS OF THE LOWER SCHOOL PROGRAM
  • Targeted reading support with specialized programs such as Orton-Gillingham, Read Naturally, Project Read, and Lindamood-Bell.
  • Early identification of learning needs through diagnostic assessments and frequent progress monitoring. 
  • Multisensory teaching techniques to develop understanding of individual learning styles. 
  • Students and teachers write yearly individualized SMART goals to leverage strengths and work on weaknesses. SMART goals set learning targets and monitor progress to increase self-awareness and self-advocacy.
  • Targeted interventions with a mixture of in-class, small group, and one-on-one support to obtain grade-level proficiency. 
  • Frequent parent communication with monthly reports, report card comments, individualized goals meetings, and seasonal educational parent coffees.
BENEFITS OF THE MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL PROGRAM
  • Focus on executive functioning development with lessons on organization, planning, prioritizing, self advocacy, and time-management.
  • Integration of cognitive and non-cognitive skills that support resilience, persistence, and independence. 
  • Close collaboration with teachers, advisors, and college counselor to aid in transition planning. 
  • Students and teachers write yearly individualized SMART goals to leverage strengths and work on weaknesses. SMART goals set learning targets and monitor progress to increase self-awareness and self-advocacy.
  • Targeted interventions with a mixture of in-class, small group, and one-on-one support to obtain grade-level proficiency. 
  • Frequent parent communication with bi-weekly reports, report card comments, individualized goals meetings, and seasonal educational parent coffees.

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CONTACT US

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about Rocky Hill Country Day School, please fill out the form below.

Rocky Hill Country Day School

530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Phone: 401.884.9070
Fax: 401.885.4985