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Academics

Skills and Academic Support

Students who take SAS will develop into skilled, confident learners who can independently advocate for themselves as they successfully complete high school and move on to college.

Skills & Academic Support (SAS)

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:

  • Strengthen executive function skills
  • Adapt well to varied educational environments
  • Implement academic strategies
  • Develop self-advocacy skills
  • Understand himself/herself as a learner

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.

What to Expect in SAS

Learning Style Inventory: Each student at CH-CH completes a “learning style inventory” in order to help the students and their teachers unlock appropriate learning strategies. 

Individual Learning Profiles: SAS develops in-depth Individual Learning Profiles for all students at CH-CH. These documents are shared with faculty and promote creative lessons that engage students’ strengths. 

Executive Function Development: Executive function development work at CH-CH includes work on planning, prioritizing, organizing, cognitive shifting, and self-monitoring skills that allow intellectually capable adolescents to mature into effective independent learners.

Layers of Support: SAS coordinates its work with the work classroom teachers are doing, providing layers of support for students. 

Monitoring Their Progress: A student’s classroom progress is monitored by SAS teachers, and the student’s work in the SAS classroom is adjusted accordingly.

Real-Time Practice: SAS overlays executive functioning skill development on top of the core curriculum, so that students have real-time practice with real skills. 

Evolution and Progress: The SAS program evolves to meet the skills development of students as they progress from grade to grade.

Skills and Academic Support at CH-CH

Meet the SAS Faculty

List of 9 members.

  • Maura Henry 

    Skills and Academic Support Chair
    Fordham University - M.S.
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst - B.A., Theatre
    Bio
  • Ashley Balaconis 

    Dean of Faculty; Skills and Academic Support Teacher
    St. Joseph's College - B.S., Elementary Education
    Lesley University - M.Ed., Students with Moderate Disabilities
    Bio
  • Bekah LaCoste 

    Skills and Academic Support Teacher; Theater Teacher
    New York University - B.S., Educational Theatre
    Bio
  • Elizabeth Rosen 

    9th Grade Dean; Skills and Academic Support Teacher
    Northeastern University - M.S., Education
    Roger Williams University - B.A., Communications
    Bio
  • Michael Streeter 

    Skills and Academic Support Teacher
    Wesley College - B.A., Dual Major in Business Administration & Political Science
    University of Massachusetts - M.Ed. Human Development
  • Jon Andruchow 

    Director of Technology; Khalsa Center Director
    781-314-0972
    Brown University - B.A., Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
  • Cassandra Dinkel 

    11th Grade Dean, English Teacher, Skills and Academic Support Teacher
    Boston College - M.S., Secondary Education
    College of the Holy Cross - B.A., English and Psychology
    Bio
  • Christy Lawrence 

    World Languages Department Chair
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Ph.D., French Literature
  • Sarah Orban 

    Skills and Academic Support Teacher; Science Teacher
    781-314-0852
    University of New Hampshire - B.S., Kinesiology
    University of Florida - M.S., Athletic Training
    Bio
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that teaches the way students learn. The School welcomes students with diverse learning styles and helps them to develop self-confidence and achieve academic success through personalized, integrated learning. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers 180 boarding and day students a richly diverse cultural and academic environment and opportunities to engage in the arts, athletics and community service.