Study Halls: Day students are welcome to participate in campus evening study halls from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. They must sign in at 7:15 p.m. with a houseparent:
- 9/10 boys and girls are in Harrington Hall first floor
- 11/12 boys are in Worcester Hall
- 11th grade girls are in Harrington Hall
- 12th grade girls are in South Hall
History Paper: Students enrolled in a History course are required to write a research paper each year during the winter term. The month of December is dedicated to research. In January the students work on drafts during the weekends, with regular course work during the week. The final draft is due in mid-February.
Science Fair: In the spring trimester, students enrolled in a Science course must present a project in lieu of a trimester exam. Students may prepare a solo project or with a partner. All the projects are presented at the annual Science Fair in May.
Exam Periods: A formal exam period occurs during the last week of the winter trimester. Historically, there have been exam periods for Math, Science, and World Language at the end of the winter trimester. While classes may not have an exam period during a trimester, they may have a final exam scheduled to take place during class.
Office hours: Office hours occur daily between 9:20 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. All teachers are available to meet with students to review or preview important concepts and assignments. While some students will have office hour schedules developed by their advisors, all students are expected to make use of this important academic opportunity. Learning to schedule a meeting with a teacher and make good use of that meeting time is an essential college preparatory academic skill.
Progress Notes and Trimester Reports: Progress notes are written weekly, and are reviewed by students and their advisors at the beginning of each week.
At times throughout the year, there are also opportunities for dorm parents, coaches, and activity leaders to write progress reports; these provide insight into students’ experiences in each of these important facets of school life.
- When there is no school on Monday, teachers write progress reports only for students missing assignments or struggling with some aspect of the class.
- At the middle and end of each trimester, teachers write a longer report, which provides a thorough overview of what is being covered in the class and how each student is performing and can improve.