Skills and Academic Support Program

The Skills and Academic Support Department (SAS) provides an individualized program of support so that students can successfully meet the challenges of work in high school, and beyond. The SAS curriculum focuses on the specific academic skills and strategies needed for success in high school and college. SAS learning specialists work with students so they:

• Master course content
• Strengthen organizational skills
• Managing time efficiently
• Plan projects effectively
• Prioritize tasks realistically

SAS is taken as a scheduled class which meets during the academic day, three times a week as part of a student’s normal schedule. Each class includes group discussion of study strategies and skills, such as note taking, textbook reading, test preparation, computer literacy, and problem solving, with ample time reserved for students to work on their individual class assignments. With a student-teacher ratio never greater than 4:1, SAS learning specialists are able to address individual student needs in a personal and friendly setting.

SAS’ primary objective is for students to develop into skilled, confident learners who can independently advocate for themselves as they successfully complete high school and move on to college.
Academic support is integral to the educational program at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. Our commitment to teaching skills and habits that will serve our students in high school and into college is expressed in the daily practice of our teachers, in our curriculum, and even in our academic schedule. Teachers in every content area bring to their work a respect for the multiple intelligences and an understanding of different learning styles. They develop curriculum that emphasizes skill building alongside the acquisition of content, and they strive to differentiate in order to both challenge and nurture their students. Our seventy-five minute extended learning periods encourage students to engage actively in the learning process, and our small class sizes and daily office-hours block make it nearly impossible for students to fall through the cracks.
“Ever since my freshman year, I’ve felt that the teaching styles at CH-CH create an environment in which I can learn and still have fun. Ever since I came here I’ve discovered a way of learning that works for me.” 

Alumna, Day Student, Class of 2012