SJA Calendar & Schedules

Learning Support for Boarding Students

Guided Studies

Our Guided Studies program is a credit-bearing course designed to foster and promote student growth through one-on-one instruction and remediation that supports varied learning styles. In their daily Guided Studies class, all students focus on current class assignments as vehicles to build individual learning skills and strategies and also learn a range of technologies that promote success in their courses. Each Guided Studies teacher serves as a central point person and advocate by coordinating classroom accommodations and communicating regularly with other teachers, advisors, educational consultants, dormitory proctors, and families. In addition, Guided Study teachers provide academic and emotional support with a strong emphasis on developing student advocacy. As part of the program, boarding students also participate in a required afternoon or evening academic support session during which they receive assistance and guidance on specific assignments.



  • Provides support services to students with educational or emotional needs 

  • Provides specialized instructions 

  • Monitors students’ progress in class 

  • Encourages students to develop confidence in their abilities 

  • Teaches students to self-advocate 

  • Develops good study habits 



  • Individual or small group remediation/support

  • Self-advocacy skills and learning independence 

  • Increase academic skills through direct instruction 

  • Increase self-confidence and self-esteem 

  • Remediate area of need whether academic, emotional or social 

  • Partnership between teachers and Guided Studies staff to develop a program that helps students and hold them accountable for their responsibilities 

  • Mentoring 


Skills & Strategies

  • Intra-personal skills 

  • Study strategies 

  • Test-taking strategies 

  • Organizational skills

  • Time management strategies

  • Writing skills

  • Behavior management strategies

  • Memorization 

  • Critical thinking

  • Career planning 

  • Goal setting 

  • Reading skills

  • Speaking skills

  • Problem solving 

  • Self-advocacy 


Learning Center 
The Learning Center is located in the Grace Stuart Orcutt Library and is open all day and during conference period. Students are welcome to come in during free periods or study halls to do their homework and/or to receive extra help from the Learning Center staff which includes a full-time mathematics specialist, a writing specialist, and additional faculty members who provide subject-specific guidance and support. Students needing remedial support will also find the help they need here; their teachers actively partner with Learning Center staff to determine support plans. The Learning Center staff works proactively and collaboratively with students and teachers to prevent academic difficulty from turning into crisis. Additionally, the Learning Center is a great resource for students seeking enrichment opportunities. 


Structured Study Halls
Our Structured Study Hall program moves many components of our Learning Center into students’ study halls. Students who are assigned to a Structured Study Hall, which is staffed with a professional-level teacher, are able to receive support for current assignments as well as more general support with time management and organizational skills.


Reading and Writing Lab

We offer additional reading and writing support to students after school through a reading writing lab staffed by a reading specialist training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Orton-Gillingham is a structured literacy approach, breaking reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then building on these skills over time. While it is most commonly associated with teaching individuals with dyslexia, it is highly effective for all individuals learning to read, spell, and write. The Orton-Gillingham Approach uses a multisensory method to teach reading, which is a common part of effective literacy programs. This means that instructors use sight, hearing, touch, and movement to help students connect language with letters and words. The basic purpose of everything that is done in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, from recognizing words to composing a poem, is assisting the student to become a competent reader, writer, and independent learner. The lab is open Monday-Friday from 3:10-4:15 and by appointment.