Academics
Middle School

Support & Enrichment

Small enough and smart enough to truly personalize each learning experience.
Middle school faculty have embedded coordinated skills instruction through the middle school curriculum. Assistant Director of Academic Support Debby Fedder maintains close communication with classroom teachers and advisors to identify students needing academic support. In addition, students and parents are encouraged to contact Debby at dfedder@derryfield.org for consultation on the services that match their needs. Students on financial aid will work out support needs with Jenny Boesch at jboesch@derryfield.org and the financial aid office.

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  • Skills Development in Sixth Grade Health Class

    The teaching of skills is embedded into the Sixth Grade Health Class. Topics covered include:
    • How Middle School is different from fifth grade
    • Effective use of the planner
    • Binder and materials management
    • Chunking and recording long-term assignments
    Co-­taught by Michele Leclerc, Wellness Coordinator, and Deb Fedder, Assistant Director of Academic Support. No fee
  • Extra Help with a Teacher

    This form of support is common at Derryfield. Students are able to see teachers outside of class for clarification or reteaching of a concept during any Performance block (E block) when not participating in Chorus or Band. Further, teachers are able to provide support before and after school (as arranged) and during the lunch period. No fee
  • Academic Power class

    Academic Power provides one-on-one targeted instruction for students wanting to build their academic skills. Areas for development can include the following: homework awareness, calendar planning and project management, note-taking, active reading, writing, test preparation, organization, and much more. We will identify tools and strategies that support the effective use of school skills.

    Contact Deb Fedder at dfedder@derryfield.org. Fee
  • Summer Mini­course: Brain’s Manual to Learning

    Available to all students entering grades 6-­8. A great option for students who did not attend sixth grade at Derryfield. This course is for all levels and includes:
    • A scientific study of brains and how they work and develop
    • Provides students and teachers same language about brains and learning.
    • Focus for the student is on learning about his or her own brain and brain-based strategies for academic achievement.
    Contact: Deb Fedder at dfedder@derryfield.org. Fee
  • Tutoring

    ● Tutoring is adapted to the student’s individual needs. The goal is to build them up to succeed in the Derryfield program. For some, tutoring is remedial and for others, it supports them in high level work.
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