Learning Support

Our Middle School faculty and staff are responsible for promoting the academic and social progress of all students in the Middle School. This goal is facilitated through an advisory program, working individually with students, and orchestrating communication among students, parents, faculty, and administration. 
Students receive guidance during study halls, Student Advisory Time, and break times. On some occasions, they will work with a classroom teacher for a period of time for assistance with research projects.

Student Support Team

Our all-school psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Zhe, and our counselor and learning support team leader, Mrs. Carissa Casey, work closely with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to support students’ learning, social-emotional and behavioral needs, and to promote their strengths and resiliency. They consult with teachers, administrators, and parents, and serve as a member of the Student Support Teams at the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. 

An integral aspect of their role is individual and group assessment. They coordinate and interpret grade-level standardized testing from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. In an effort to determine student learning styles and recommend appropriate strategies, interventions, and accommodations, they review admissions files, conduct classroom observations, interpret testing results from outside sources, and, when needed, conduct psycho-educational assessments. 

Brief solution-focused counseling and crisis intervention are also essential to the role of our all-school psychologist. They meet with students as needed and make referrals for outside counseling when regular therapeutic support is required. And they serve as a liaison between the school and outside psychologists, therapists, and educational consultants.

Dr. Elizabeth Zhe

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus