What is the Goal of 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 his/herself as 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.

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.

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Since becoming a student at CH-CH, I see that he is happy to get up in the morning and come to an environment where everyone really wants him to succeed.

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SAS is Key

Academic support is central to the educational program at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. Teachers develop coursework that emphasizes skill- and knowledge-building, and vary their teaching methods in order to both challenge each student and build on their strengths. Using their knowledge of multiple intelligences and learning styles, teachers help students both understand themselves and flourish as learners. Small classes enable students to master demanding material in ways that work best for them, and our 75-minute periods and daily conference times open doors for individual exploration and discovery.

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We Teach the Way Students Learn

Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School is a small, coeducational college preparatory school dedicated to teaching the way students learn. Our faculty, over 70% of whom have advanced degrees, offers instruction tailored to individual learning styles and strengths, empowering our students to achieve their potential. Our multiple intelligences approach to teaching and learning both values and addresses the different ways students learn. Our curriculum challenges and engages students, with support seamlessly integrated into the classes and culture of the School. All our students are accepted into college or university with an emphasis on finding the best fit for their ambitions and interests. Diversity thrives in a social climate of acceptance. A dynamic mix of day and boarding students energizes our campus and creates opportunities for students to engage with each other in the arts, athletics, campus activities and community service. Our alumni/ae describe their experience at CH-CH as truly transformational. Our private, independent school is located ten miles from Boston.