Lawrence Academy recognizes that all students learn differently and have a variety of academic passions and needs. To that end, LA has programming in place to help students work toward their potential. For most students, the primary source of learning support comes from individual attention from their teachers; time is set aside in the schedule for students to meet with teachers to ask questions and review lessons. For students who need assistance beyond what their teacher can provide, however, LA offers programming to enrich student learning.
Evening Academic Center
The academic center is staffed by LA faculty members — a math or science teacher and a humanities-based teacher — four nights a week from 7-10 PM. Students can ask for help understanding an assignment, completing homework, preparing for an assessment, writing a paper, or reviewing the content of a course. e center also offers additional math support on Monday evenings from 5:30-7 PM. No appointment is necessary.
Learning coaching is a 1:1 program scheduled once or twice a week during a student’s free block for those who need support beyond extra help from classroom teachers. Learning coaches teach students study strategies, in the context of their coursework, that support their learning needs and lead to independence. Learning coaching can be added or dropped at the end of a term and is not included in the cost of tuition.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindy Blood, the director of Learning Support (978)-448-1581.
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 2019-2020 Coaching Policies and Fees form.
To register to work with a learning coach, click here.
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 Learning Support (978)-448-1581.
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 Learning 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
- 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.