STUDENT SUPPORT AT SVS
Dean of Students Rebeccah Carroll works collaboratively with SVS teachers and administrators to give our full support to each of our students personally and socially. The SVS Leadership Team and Administration is available and ready to respond as our students have various needs. Our team is committed and passionate about offering assistance to our SVS students and families.
Speech Language Pathology
Speech therapists work with children with language impairments to aid them in following directions, comprehending vocabulary, practicing articulation and growing in their ability to tell a story in an organized way. Students with learning differences can particularly benefit from working with an speech language pathologist in the areas of reading, social skills, and executive functioning.
SVS Speech Language Pathologist Lauren Day works closely with our students on topics including learning how to set goals, and then organizing tasks and reducing distractions to achieve those goals. Strengthening core skills such as task initiation and peer-to-peer interactions will aid our avid learners not only in the classroom, but throughout their future fields of work.
Speech Language Pathologist
SVS Talent Initiative
The Talent Initiative program at Spring Valley is designed for students desiring to enhance their current curriculum offerings with a directed study on the topic of their choosing. A group of students are nominated for the program by SVS faculty and Leadership each semester. Each student in the program works closely with SVS Faculty Member and Research Chair Kevin Campbell to select their topic and collaborate on a timelines for completing their study.
Some example topics include: (1) Exploring the space race, starting with how Egyptians built obelisks and tracing how that led to an understanding of the larger universe, and then to the evolution of science to the point where Sputnik could exist. (2) A guided look into humanism through the lenses of Kierkegaard and Sarte, and (3) two dimensional projectile motion focusing on how to do physics without calculus.
The Talent Initiative program equips students with an array of tools that will aid them in conducting future studies in college, presenting their findings to their peers, and growing their confidence when it. comes to identifying their academic and vocational strengths.
SVS Talent Initiative
With the ever-changing and increasingly competitive world of college admissions, Spring Valley School recognizes the importance of equipping students with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in their studies post-high school.
The college prep program offers individual and group meetings, visits with college representatives, SAT and ACT advice and assistance with applications, interviews, and scholarships. College Prep Instructor Sandra Foster values identifying students' strengths, serving as a resource to parents, and ultimately assisting students in selecting a college that will allow them to reach their educational and career goals.
Many 11th-12th grade students have the opportunity to earn college credit through Spring Valley's Dual Enrollment program in partnership with Landmark College. 21 students are currently enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program, including 5 juniors potentially earning 12 college credits by graduation. In addition to earning college credit, the range of course offerings allow students to select courses that fit their unique needs and interests. They can choose courses that count as core classes (e.g., Humanities I), they can explore fields in which they would like to major (Intro to Business; Intro to Programming), they can take classes that will further prepare them for college and life (Composition & Rhetoric; Personal Finance), or they can explore a subject they simply love (Creative Writing).
These courses place high demands on executive function and time-management skills (e.g. submitting multiple assignments a week; self-paced studying; scheduling and keeping appointments with professors). The benefit of the Landmark courses is that the students have a professor and a course advisor (at SVS) who can support them with the transition and any potential challenges. This support leads to greater success (and learning) and improves the students' confidence for future courses and college life itself. Students become comfortable with using Canvas, one of the most commonly used course platforms. Even if their future college uses a different platform, they'll be better equipped to engage with the platform. Students also learn how to engage with professors (and peers) in a professional manner. They learn soft skills such as writing professional emails and learning how to self-advocate when they need help.
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Virtual / Hybrid Learning
The faculty and staff at Spring Valley School have made tremendous strides to create and facilitate a safe learning environment which supports in-person instruction for our students amidst the outbreak of COVID-19.
The small class sizes at SVS allow our students and faculty members to maintain social distancing in the classroom. Additionally, physical education courses and lunch periods take place outdoors as weather permits.