We believe the learning experience is a human one and therefore uniquely encountered by each learner. Our system is designed to offer professional support for all learners. Those who are ready for an accelerated program and to those who may benefit from a different pace. We appreciate that students receive information through varied sensory processes, and we create pedagogy that resonates with and amplifies their learning.
As a human endeavor, learners bring more than intellect to school; they bring a frame of mind and heart. In service of the developmental arc from early childhood through adolescence, we fully recognize, support and respond to each child's intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth and its accompanying needs.
- What does it mean to challenge each student at their "growth edge"?
- How does the school address the needs of students who may have a diagnosed learning difference?
- How does the school and its curriculum inspire all learners?
- What measures does the school use to determine “growth edge” for each student?
- What resources does the school engage to make sure that students are healthy in themselves and their decision making?
Elementary School Enrichment Program
The Elementary School’s Academic Enrichment Team is committed to nurturing and challenging our students. We collaborate with teachers to develop, implement and effectively manage our Enrichment Program, curricular experiences for students with documented levels of learning who would benefit from an accelerated pace in the areas of Mathematics and Language & Literature.
The Enrichment Program emphasizes advanced, conceptually-challenging and complex content in the classroom environment and in tailored, small-group instruction.
High School Curricular Programming
We want students to enjoy a challenging curriculum that is robust and well balanced. To this end, students may be placed into teacher-curated college preparatory courses or Honors level, and may take Advanced Placement courses or elect into our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
To ensure that each student steps fully into their intellectual development, they work closely with an academic advisor and the College Counseling Director to assure quality of academic decision making.
The Educational Resource Team meets weekly to discuss the individual strengths and challenges of each student. The team also discusses students in the context of any diagnosed learning differences, and takes a proactive approach to identify specific needs, monitor progress and facilitate student growth.
Academic Support faculty at Convent & Stuart Hall provide assessment, direct instruction and consultation with grade-level instructors, administrators and parents to help students reach their full academic potential.
Convent & Stuart Hall provides reasonable accommodations for students with a current psycho-educational report that supports a diagnosed learning difference. In the high school setting, the most common school-based accommodation is extended time, with some students benefiting from assistive technology (calculator, computer for word processing). The school generally follows the standards and practices of The College Board and ACT.
See the links below for more specific information about standardized test accommodations:
- International Baccalaureate Program: Candidates with Assessment Access Requirements
- College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (AP, PSAT, SAT)
- ACT Services for Examinees with Disabilities
Honoring the individuality of each child is a core belief in Sacred Heart education, and we strive to ensure that our classrooms are engaging and the curriculum is personally generative. Teachers encourage learning through multiple avenues of delivery, and there is no single approach to teaching. Classrooms are dynamic with flexible moveable furniture to accommodate and encourage both independent and collaborative learning.
In the Elementary School, the resource team uses a variety of assessments, observations and tools to ensure that each student is optimally challenged. Assessments that inform decisions around teaching and learning strategies and interventions may include: Numbers Knowledge Test, TOMAGS, Fountas & Pinnell, San Diego Quick Assessment, KeyMath (gr 4), ERB and the SCAT.
In the High School, the team uses teacher-created assessments along with external assessments, including PSAT, SAT, ACT and IB, to gauge student learning and to evaluate the success of curricular offerings. As part of each student’s Learner Profile, we track longitudinal data to ensure that students are maximizing their academic strengths and their opportunities to engage in the academic program.
At Convent & Stuart Hall we understand that learning extends far beyond academic course work. The best learning happens in conjunction with a student’s health in mind, body and community. Students are consistently called to engage in their personal growth to develop their sense of self, empathy, balance and emotional fluency through a variety of gender-relevant and age-appropriate channels including social skills groups, advisory programs, wellness classes and peer counseling.
From Kindergarten through High School, we provide professionally-trained counseling services to facilitate each student’s navigation through the developmental stages. Counselors provide psycho-education to students, faculty and parents and lead social-emotional programs. They are available for crisis intervention, consultation and short-term counseling and to provide appropriate referrals as needed.
The school counselors offer a parent-education series throughout the year on topics related to different age levels. In addition to parent coffee mornings and evening events, the counselors are a resource for parents in the area of child and adolescent development, curating resources and creating opportunities for learning in the adult community.
Grief Support for Students and Parents
Our counselors have compiled several resources that may help scaffold difficult conversations with children. Organized by grade level and/or developmental age, the activity toolkits and PDFs included below are meant to provide guidance for parents on how to support grieving children. There's also a self-care resource for adults.
- Toolkit of activities for children
- Toolkit of activities for teens
- Self-care activities for adults
- Developmental responses to grief
- 10 ways to help grieving children
- 10 things grieving children want you to know
- Helping children and teens cope with fear after a death
- Back to school with grief
- Movement activities for grieving children
- Supporting children and teens after a traumatic death
Academic Support Resources
- College Board Services for Students with Disabilities
- ACT Services for Examinees with Disabilities
- Parents' Education Network
- All Kinds of Minds
- Learning Ally
- LD Online
- Children and Adults with ADHD
- Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Academic Enrichment Resources
Math Workbook Recommendations
- Singapore Math Inc. - Challenging Word Problems
- Singapore Math Inc. - Visible Thinking in Math
- Singapore Math Practice by Frank Schaffer
- The Critical Thinking Co.
Important Phone Numbers
Crisis Hotline: (800) 784-2433
San Francisco Suicide Prevention: (415) 781-0500
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- Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, Miseducated Students by Denise Pope
- We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication by Judith Warner
- Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong by Alina Tugend
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by C. Dweck
- Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
- The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel
- The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
- It’s a Boy! Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18 By Michael Thompson
- Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter When She's Growing Up So Fast by Joe Kelley
- Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony E. Wolf
- The Romance of Risk: Why Teenagers Do the Things They Do by Lynn Ponton
- The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girlsby Dr. Louise Greenspan and Dr. Julianna Deardorff
- Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
- Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends and the New Rules of Boy World by Rosalind Wiseman
- Brainstorm by Dan Siegel
- Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers by Michael Riera