A Helping Hand with After-School Support Sessions

In an effort to provide students with more guidance and structure throughout the school year, Ross School has implemented a program that offers academic assistance to those high school students who need it.

Extra Help Sessions meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:40 to 4:30pm and on Thursdays from 3:35 to 4:30pm in the Glass Hall in the High School Building. Students can participate in the free sessions at any time, although they may be required to attend one if they miss a homework assignment. The sessions are conducted by a rotating schedule of teachers from all domains.

The mutual benefits of the after-school program abound. Students and faculty form a bond as they get to know each other outside of the classroom. In some cases, students become acquainted with grade-level teachers they haven’t yet studied with. Teachers offer vocabulary lessons, break down in-class readings, and help students work through stumbling blocks they’ve encountered on their academic path. In the safe environment of the Extra Help Sessions, students become more comfortable with asking questions, strengthen their study skills, and improve their time management abilities.

The help sessions also offer boarding students enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) a chance to become immersed in the School’s Spiral Curriculum more quickly. Concepts that may seem complex in class are refined and clarified so that non-native students better understand them.

Junior Hui Dang, from Vietnam, is in the beginner level of ESOL. He said, prior to Ross, his English was not strong but once he “started coming here my English improved quickly. I have improved my English skills in writing, listening, and talking with teachers. I feel happy, and my family is happy for me.”

To sign up for Extra Help Sessions, contact Patty Lein at plein@ross.org.