Laboratory for Academic Success

The Academic Support Coordinator and other members of the Laboratory for Academic Success work with advisors, teachers, and the academic dean to coordinate appropriate levels of academic support for students. Please contact Rachel Currie-Rubin at rcurrierubin@williston.com for any questions about academic support at Williston.

Please complete this form if you would like to request accommodations for your child at the Williston Northampton School, and send it to Rachel Currie-Rubin.


TIER 1: Supports for all students

All students may receive the following supports

  • Individual or group meetings with teachers outside of class
  • Tutoring by qualified students who volunteer their services through Areté, a student group that organizes peer tutoring on campus (most are seniors, and available during the class day, activities periods, and evening study hall hours)
  • Support from the Writing Center
  • Support from the Math Resource Center

Students without testing on file may be referred for testing or services at the school’s discretion.

TIER 2: Students with testing on file

Students with neuropsychological, psychoeducational, educational, or some types of medical testing on file are referred to the Academic Support Office. Students without testing on file may be referred for testing or services at the discretion of the Academic Support Coordinator in consultation with other faculty. Students referred for Tier 2 services may receive Tier 1 supports in addition to the following:

  • Strategy documents are provided and shared with teachers to help with the provision of appropriate educational strategies including generally, such as extended time. Typical Accommodations often include:

- Provision of class notes
- Breaking down long term assignments
- Use of a computer for writing
- Support using or creating outlines or organizers for writing
- Reduced course load for a trimester

  • Students may meet with an Academic Support staff member in one or two group sessions (approximately 1 hour) or in one or two individual sessions (approximately 30 minutes) per week given the student’s needs and the availability of Academic Support staff. Academic support staff provide support in organization, structuring assignments and studying for tests and quizzes. Students will be referred to their teachers for content area support.

TIER 3: Academic Tutoring

Any student who seeks subject-area academic support may request a tutor. These tutors are paid for by the family, but are vetted by Williston and can work with students on campus before or after school or during students’ free periods. Parents may request a tutor by contacting the Academic Support Coordinator at rcurrierubin@williston.com

Laboratory for Academic Success Evening Study Hall

In this dedicated study space held during evening study hall, faculty (along with graduate student tutors from area colleges and universities) supervise and support students. The low teacher-student ratio allows every student to get customized attention and assistance to help them succeed.

Concussion Support

Our concussion support team made up of members of Health and Wellness, Athletics, and the Laboratory for Academic Support coordinates care for students with concussions. Please contact Molly Ward at mward@williston.com or Amber Mish at amish@williston.com with any questions about concussion care.

Outside testing/evaluation

If a student experiences academic difficulties indicating that outside testing or evaluation of the student is appropriate, the school can help parents explore potential resources and may make the necessary arrangements for such testing or evaluation. When parents arrange for such outside testing or evaluation, the school requests and strongly recommends that the testing results be shared with the school, in order to enhance the school’s ability to assist the student. The school maintains a list of referrals for educational, intellectual, psychological, or speech and language evaluations, should parents/ guardians wish to consult with the school regarding such an evaluation. Parents who need guidance in this area are encouraged to consult the academic support coordinator or Health and Wellness Services. It is recommended that the results of such evaluations be shared with school personnel so that appropriate recommendations can be implemented.

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