Conserve School staff believe that all students can learn and thrive, and make an intentional effort to meet the individual needs of each student. The following factors contribute to the web of support provided to each student:
- Differentiated Instruction
- Study Hours
- Intentional Learning Community
- Learning Accommodations
Conserve School instructors believe that all students can learn. Conserve School instruction responds to the various backgrounds and talents of students by planning and implementing differentiated lessons. Therefore, lessons, materials, assignments, and expectations will often vary from student to student.
Conserve School instructors:
- Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural backgrounds, learning styles, learning profiles, and personalities by being flexible and empathetic
- Vary their teaching methods
- Maintain a positive attitude toward struggling or troubled students
- Provide scaffolding, when necessary, for students who come to Conserve School with emerging mastery of some academic skills and concepts
- Strive to understand each student's unique personality and needs
- Build a positive, one-to-one connection with each student
- Are attentive to perceptions of favoritism, and reach out equally to all students in and out of class.
Five evenings a week (Sunday through Thursday), students are provided a two-hour block of time that is protected for study. Students may study independently in their bedrooms or study rooms in the residential houses, or work with other students in the house or the Lowenstine Academic Building (LAB). In addition, on each of those evenings, two teaching staff provide study support in the LAB, affording students the opportunity to work with a teacher to meet academic needs.
Conserve School staff are able to respond to individual student needs, in part, because our staff of 38, which includes 24 teachers and teaching fellows (for a student-to-teacher ratio of 2.5:1), are afforded the time and resources needed to get to know students as individuals. Teachers, teaching fellows, and administrators live on campus, and take time to not only learn with students, but eat meals with them, facilitate recreational activities for them, and interact with students outside of the confines of the classroom. Our staff meet together frequently, creating intentional time to reflect on student progress, and coordinate efforts to provide support to students in need.
Each Conserve School student is assigned a staff advisor, who supports the overall well-being of that student. Our optimal staff-to-student ratio makes it possible for most advisors to work with only two or three advisees, and affording staff the time to be mindful of each advisee. Advisors meet individually with their advisees every week or two, have lunch with their advisees each week, and may, from time-to-time, host a social activity for their advisees. The goals of the advisory program are the following:
- To ensure that each student has an adult advocate on campus who feels responsible for them.
- To monitor students’ academic progress and support improvement in their academic achievement levels.
- To monitor students’ physical, emotional, and social well-being, and provide support for their growth in these areas.
- To encourage students to reflect on their experiences and personal growth while at Conserve School.
- To ensure that the parents of each student have a contact person who feels responsible for their child’s well-being.
- To ensure that student concerns are noticed and dealt with quickly and effectively.
Conserve School is not designed specifically for students with learning difficulties or disabilities like ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia. As an independent school, Conserve School is not obligated to provide the support services typically available through public school systems. While Conserve School staff members believe in tailoring education to make it as personalized and meaningful as possible for each student, they do not have specialized training, experience, or responsibilities related to learning difficulties or disabilities. However, it is possible that students who compensate well for learning issues may be able to succeed here. Prospective students should contact the admissions office for more information about accommodations for special learning needs. Click here for more detailed information about learning accommodations.