Academic Support

Because students run into obstacles and struggle to balance their academic strengths with their weaknesses, Lawrence Academy has support systems in place to help students work toward reaching their potential. For most students, the primary source of academic support comes from extra help sessions with teachers. Time is set aside in our schedule for students to meet with teachers to ask questions and review lessons. Beyond this, teachers and students can be found working together over breakfast, in the late afternoon, or in the evening in the dorm.

Students at LA learn quickly that the best avenue to success is to keep in regular contact with their teachers. For students who need assistance beyond what their teachers can provide, the Academic Support Office coordinates a variety of options. Please view our FAQ sheet for more information on Academic Support.

If you have any questions or concerns , please contact Cindy Blood, the director of academic support (978)-448-1581.

Peer Tutoring

Lawrence Academy has created a peer tutoring network to connect students who have expertise in a particular subject with a peer who is in need of help. Such collaboration benefits both parties since teaching material is one of the best ways to make sure you have mastered it. The students in the Cum Laude Society organize this program with the help of a faculty advisor. Students need to sign up to request a peer tutor in a specific subject area.

Learning Strategy Coaching

The learning strategy coaching offered at LA is designed to provide students with one-on-one support to improve their academic skills. Our learning coaches come from a pool of educators who have served in many different capacities in a variety of schools. While coaches will often assist students with the assignments for their classes, skill growth is the primary goal, not the completion of homework.

Learning coaches work with students once or twice a week in areas including reading, writing, mathematics, planning, time management, and/or organization. For more information, and to register, please read the Coaching Description and the 2017-2018 Coaching Policies and Fees form.

Students with Disabilities

In order to help make Lawrence Academy the best learning environment for students, we recommend that parents of students who have been identified with learning, psychological, health-related or physical disabilities first disclose this information during the admissions process. Such transparency allows us to have conversations about support and accommodations that may be needed and make sure LA is a good fit from the start.

In order for students to receive reasonable accommodations at LA, documentation of the disability needs to fit the guidelines in the Documentation Policy. All documentation must be received by July 1 in order to assure a smooth transition. In addition, a Disability Disclosure form must be completed in order for this process to begin.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Cindy Blood, the director of academic support (978)-448-1581.

Recommended Books

Each book is listed with a recommendation of when you should first buy it; however, most can be purchased any year and be used throughout high school and college. There is a copy of each one in the Academic Support Office along with many other interesting books.  

  • What Smart Students Know
    (Freshman or Sophomore)
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Freshman or Sophomore )
  • Keeping A Head in School
    (Freshman)
  • Brain Rules
    (Parents and Post-High School)
  • Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making it Happen in College and Beyond (Sophomores and parents)
  • Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload 
    by Lucy Jo Palladino (sophomores and parents)
  • Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt  (parents) 
  • The Human Side of Dyslexia
    by Shirley Kurnoff
    (Any year; student and/or parent)
  • What Color is Your Parachute for Teens?
    by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles,2nd Edition (Freshman)

You may purchase these through our the online bookstore. Search for the course name: Learning Skills Seminar (#190).

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