Seabury Hall offers a variety of support services to empower students to reach their fullest potential as they prepare for college.
In the Middle & Upper Schools, all students have access to their teachers, advisors, counselor, Chaplain, Learning Support Specialists, and nurse, who all come together as a team to assist students in academic coaching, social-emotional counseling, pastoral care, health promotion and learning support. We recognize that students have diverse needs and are impacted by various factors, so we strive to provide a multifaceted approach in response. When a student is struggling academically, socially, emotionally, or spiritually, families and staff must work together to provide appropriate interventions in a timely manner.
In both the Middle and Upper School divisions, teachers are available for extra help in their respective classrooms from 3:00 to 3:30 from Monday through Thursday. If requested in advance, teachers may also be available to meet with students during their unstructured help time. Students should assume responsibility for arranging conferences with their teachers as needed. If you have questions about your child’s needs in a particular subject area, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
In the Upper School, all students are overseen by a Grade-Level Dean. The Deans’ primary responsibility is to help students succeed academically. This duty includes reviewing grade and deficiency reports, parent notices, and attendance to help identify trends in the student’s behavior or academic performance. If a student demonstrates a pattern of weakness that has not improved through consistent classroom interventions and coordination with the student's teachers and parents, the Grade-Level Dean will work with the student’s teachers to design a comprehensive student support plan. The plan will include specific and measurable learning goals, instructional strategies for teachers, and additional supports such as targeted practice with core teachers, peer tutoring, direct study skills instruction with our Learning Specialists, and/or social-emotional counseling.
In both divisions of the school, students are assigned an advisor who will guide them on their academic journey. The advisor works with a small group of students and serves as the liaison between the student, the student's family, and the school. The advisor will model and teach behaviors, habits, and techniques that will help students find a balance between academic success and emotional well-being. The advisor will guide advisees by assisting in activities such as helping the student devise a four-year plan, selecting courses and activities, examining the pros and cons of lifestyle choices, and assisting the student and parents in contacting the right person for additional support.
All students also have access to the School Counselor in times of distress. The counselor addresses behavioral health and learning needs in a collaborative manner and can provide mental health counseling to students as needed. The counselor may help students with issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, poor academic performance, and issues with interpersonal relations. The counselor will help evaluate students’ abilities, interests, and personalities to help them develop realistic goals with support from families and teachers.
Our School Chaplain also provides pastoral care and spiritual guidance to students, families, faculty, and staff. The Chaplain helps students develop skills for expressing core values through healthy, integrated relationships. The Chaplain also oversees the community service program, in addition to organizing school assemblies and weekly chapel services.
Students with disabilities or learning differences who are otherwise qualified for admission to Seabury will be supported with documented accommodations that are considered reasonable in this educational setting. We do not modify the curriculum to alter what a student is expected to learn; however, accommodations may change how a student learns and interacts with the material.
Parents should contact their divisional Learning Specialist and provide copies of evaluation reports and/or medical diagnostic information as well as any past learning or accommodation plans, including Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 Plans. This documentation is vital to designing effective and appropriate school-based supports to address students’ individual learning needs.
Students with diagnosed learning differences may also qualify for accommodations on national standardized and College Board exams, such as the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. There are strict guidelines surrounding eligibility for these accommodations. Please contact the Upper School Learning Specialist, who also serves as the SSD Coordinator, with questions about accommodations on national standardized assessments.
The health, wellness and safety of our students and staff are priorities at Seabury Hall. Campus health services include general health promotion, education and risk reduction; primary care; chronic disease management; acute and emergency care; and care coordination. Students with chronic health conditions may benefit from a Health Accommodation and/or Emergency Action Plan to ensure that staff members know how to respond if a situation arises. Students who experience temporary health issues, such as those who have sustained a concussion or experience a prolonged illness, may also require a health plan to assist in a speedy recovery. Health information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis in accordance with FERPA guidelines. We encourage you to contact the School Nurse directly with any health-related questions.