Academic Support and Resources
Students, parents, teachers, school counselors, and other support staff are ALL part of the team when thinking about an individual student's success. At CHS, we want to offer as much academic support as possible to our students.
In high school, first and foremost, we want students to be empowered to monitor their learning and to have initial conversations with their teachers. Identifying areas of need, self-advocacy with teachers, and implementation of teachers' suggestions of how to be more successful are all vital skills to build before you leave CHS.
That said, we do have a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Freshman Academy-specific supports that are more formally preventative (all students receive Tier 1 support) and responsive to student needs (Tier 2 supports target groups of students with similar struggles and Tier 3 supports are individualized for each student who is not progressing with Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports).
We hope that the tips and resources below are helpful.
Tips for Academic Success
We borrowed and modified the following tips from Chapel Hill High School:
- Attend your classes. The importance of being at school and in class cannot be overstated. Missing class is the #1 barrier to academic success for CHS students.
- Try your best. Being present in class is crucial, but physical presence alone is not enough. Lack of effort is the #2 barrier to academic success for CHS students. It's high school - you will not pass and earn credit for the course, be promoted, or graduate without earning it.
- Get organized. If you're doing the above two steps but still aren't as successful as you want to be, then not submitting completed assignments on time and lack of preparation for quizzes and tests are most commonly the problems. Use an agenda or planner to keep track of daily homework, due dates for longer-term assignments, and quizzes and tests. Come up with a consistent method of organization that works for you and your classes: dividers and 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks and folders, whatever works. Take the time and energy to do this. If your bookbag or binders are chaos with loose papers everywhere, then you are not setting yourself up to be successful.
- Self-monitor via PowerSchool and Google Classroom, and self-advocate. There is no reason you shouldn't know how you're doing in each class and whether or not you have any missing assignments. If you aren't happy with your grade, have that conversation with your teacher about what ideas they have for what you can do differently or additionally.
- Use the resources that are available. In addition to open communication with your teachers, take advantage of the resources that are available to all students:
- SMART Lunch - every department, or subject, has a specific day when teachers are guaranteed to be available for extra help. The SMART Lunch schedule for 2018-19 was Mondays = CTE, World Language, Arts, and Health/PE; Tuesdays = Science; Wednesdays = Math; Thursdays = Social Studies; and Fridays = English.
- After-school tutoring - get help from volunteer tutors after school from 4-5pm in the Media Center. Transportation is available. The 2018-19 after-school tutoring days were Tuesday and Thursday.
- Freshman Academy After-School Intervention - during 2018-19, 9th graders were able to attend a separate after-school program to complete missing assignments with one of the Freshman Academy teachers.
- Other teacher availability - some teachers are available for extra help on other days at lunch or before or after school on certain days.
- Online resources - from Khan Academy, to YouTubeing lessons, to teacher-recommended sites like Tyler DeWitt's Chemistry site, there's a lot of good stuff out there!