Academics

The Center for Academic Achievement

The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA), located in the hub of the academic building, provides a skill-based program for helping students achieve their greatest potential and become independent learners. The program offers tutorial instruction and support that goes beyond the extra help available in the standard academic program.  The program is designed for students who are intellectually capable but whose academic achievement may not reflect their ability. 
 

Helping Students Realize Their Power of Potential

Students with diagnosed learning disabilities or students experiencing general academic difficulties may benefit from the program. The CAA is not an alternative curriculum, but an academic support service to assist students in meeting the goals of the Tilton curriculum.
 
The CAA is staffed with faculty to help students recognize and challenge ineffective study habits by developing skills appropriate to their learning style. CAA teachers help students develop skills in such areas as time management, organization, listening, note taking, reading comprehension, writing and test skill strategies. In addition to these skills, the mathematics tutors offer minimal remediation in basic math skills. CAA teachers strive to encourage students to become independent thinkers and advocates for their education.
 
Sessions are scheduled throughout the academic day as part of the student’s daily schedule. The Center is not a study hall, but school assignments and projects often provide the focus and starting point for skill development and confidence building. Attendance is required.

Student enrollment in the CAA is based on the recommendation of parents, teachers, advisors, the Academic Dean, the Admissions Committee and the Director of The Center for Academic Achievement. There is frequent communication between CAA teachers, advisors and parents. Written comments on student progress are mailed to parents each term. The additional fee for The Center for Academic Achievement services is determined by the number and type of learning sessions provided. All CAA fees provide for the following standard services:
 
    • Individualized scheduling
    • Student groupings if needed by similar skill level and learning needs
    • Tutorial sessions as part of regular daily schedule
    • An individualized learning plan and a record of daily work
    • Assessment of student learning style and teaching of student self-advocacy
    • Regular contact with classroom teachers and advisors
    • Communication with parents by email or phone
    • No-fee drop-in assistance at any time, depending on staff availability
    • Access to all learning and technology resources of the CAA facility, including study rooms, computers, learning aids and classroom texts

Tutorial Sessions

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  • Learning Skills Tutorial:

    This is an intensive individualized model of service delivery that is appropriate for students whose learning style demands the highest level of attention from The Center for Academic Achievement teacher.

    Tutorial includes:
    • Individualized learning plan developed by The Center for Academic Achievement Director prior to enrollment, based on the review of educational testing
    • Tutorial sessions, scheduled during the academic day, are tailored to meet student's individual learning needs
    • Assessment of student learning style and teaching of student self-advocacy
    • Integrated content-based tutoring as needed
    • Regular contact with classroom teachers and advisors
    • Drop-in assistance at any time, depending on staff availability
    • Individualized skill development work, based on course curriculum
    • Re-teaching instructional methods based  on student learning-style preferences
    • Technology skills training and support (Google, MS Office products, e-mail, graphing calculator, Internet usage)
    • Frequent communication with parents by e-mail or telephone
    • Quarterly comment reviews
  • SAT Prep:

    SAT Tutorial includes:
    • Pre-testing and post-testing
    • Practice with the SAT-type questions on vocabulary, critical reading, sentence completion, arithmetic, word problems, geometry and algebra
    • Emphasis on developing concentration, speed, pacing and skills
    • Familiarization with test format
    • Learning of test-taking strategies
    • Program stresses confidence-building
    • Students will be scheduled on a 2:1 student to teacher ratio, matching students based on their individual learning styles

Meet the Center's Director

For more than 10 years, Angela has served as an educational consultant at her own company, ADK Educational Consulting, where she has provided special educational consulting, training and advocacy services to families, schools and agencies.  Angela also spent six years at Brewster Academy, including four as the Assistant Director of Instructional Support.  There she designed and implemented a mentor program for the Department, and collaborated with Deans and other members of the Teaching and Learning Team.  While at Brewster she was honored with both the Academy’s Excellence in Teaching Award and as Master Teacher.  She is an adjunct faculty member at nearby Plymouth State University and has also worked at Granite State College, Keene State College and NHTI, as well as area high schools.  Angela received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from UNH and her master’s degree in Special Education also from UNH.