Student Support

University Prep’s Student Services support system intentionally creates time to think creatively and act strategically to support the wide range of students we serve.” Ken Jaffe, Director of Upper School

Since its founding in 1976, University Prep has pledged to serve the needs of a wide range of diverse learners. We continue to help each student reach his or her potential through a carefully designed, comprehensive system of support services.

Our teachers are dedicated to the academic and social and emotional success of every student, and differentiate instruction in the classroom to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Advisors provide ongoing support and guidance to students and their families in both the academic and social and emotional realm. Students stay in the same advisory for the duration of Middle School and then with a new advisory throughout Upper School to ensure continuity and an enduring relationship.

Our grade level deans collaborate and communicate with the advisors in a particular grade, as well with the Student Support Services team. They lead regular student review meetings to identify and discuss students of concern, and then put in place appropriate supports. These meetings generate a communication plan with each family.

Two full-time counselors work with students and their families in times of emotional need, and provide referrals to other health care professionals when warranted. In addition, they work closely with advisors and grade level deans to create a tight communication loop around the social and emotional well-being of our students.

The director of Learning Support serves students who need specialized assistance to succeed in our academic program. The director also provides advocacy services to students with documented learning disabilities and differences requiring accommodations, and serves as a liaison in our partnership with Liddane Tutoring and Learning Services.

The student support specialist works with the director of Learning Support to support students with identified learning differences, and communicates closely with these students, their teachers, and families.

The assistant directors of Middle and Upper School focus on student life, culture, and community, and work with students to promote their growth with respect to the school mission. The directors work closely with the Associated Student Body/Student Government, monitor student discipline, and coordinate the advisory program with the grade level deans.

The director of Diversity and Community works to create a school community in which everyone feels a part, and in which students and their families have easy and equitable access to school activities. In addition, the director works with underrepresented student groups, helping students in those groups to grow and flourish.

The director of Student Services oversees the effective design, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of student services, and ensures communication among the emotional counseling, learning resources, and college counseling professionals in support of a healthy social/emotional school climate and culture.

The directors of Middle and Upper School oversee student support services and ensure their coordination for all students in grades 6-12. They work collaboratively with faculty, the assistant directors, grade level deans, and the director of Athletics to develop and sustain a program that is supportive of and consistent with the school’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Grade level deans convene regular student review meetings with the grade advisors to brainstorm strategies to support students who are not working to their potential. Interventions include scheduling additional meetings with teachers outside of class, recommending tutoring, and/or recommending meetings with our counseling or learning support staff.

The Student Support Services team also meets regularly to strategize how to assist students who are experiencing more acute difficulties academically, socially, or emotionally. The meetings include division directors, assistant directors, counselors, the learning resource coordinator, the student support specialist, the director of Student Services and the director of Diversity and Community. As needed, parents/guardians are invited in to meet with the team to develop and coordinate effective strategies for a student’s success.

Additional Services

Launched in 2015, our partnership with Liddane Tutoring and Learning Services provides tutors who know the UPrep program intimately and can meet with students during the school day or after school. The partnership has strengthened the communication loop between student, teacher, tutor and family to keep student needs at the forefront. Our financial aid program ensures access and equity for students.

The Learning Pathways program serves a small group of students, focusing on skills and strategies through a personalized program inspired by the principles of Orton-Gillingham. Student and teacher work together to build academic confidence as a foundation for future independence. The fee for the 2017-2018 Learning Pathways program is $11,700.

We really appreciate the compassionate help that the learning resource coordinator provided to our child over the past two years. Seeing the progress he has made in this time has been wonderful.” Seventh grade parent
Thank you for all the time you spent with me. You've helped me learn how to study for tests, and you taught me how to learn, something that my old school didn't teach me.” Sixth grade student