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Advising & Support

A.S.S.I.S.T. Center

A.S.S.I.S.T. Learning Center

Professionally managed, our A.S.S.I.S.T. Learning Center (Academic Success Strategies through Inquiry, Self-Advocacy, and Technologies) offers skills based, individual academic support. The team is qualified to manage students with formal learning plans, and extends their reach through the coordinatation of our peer tutoring program.

A.S.S.I.S.T. seeks to foster a growth mindset in our students while encouraging them to become self-advocates as they navigate the academic world here at Tabor.

Personal Advising

Each Tabor student works closely with a faculty advisor to select a course of study that is both challenging and appropriate. The advisor is often a student’s first stop for information or guidance, but students also meet frequently with their classroom teachers during faculty office hours to ask specific questions, discuss ideas, and brainstorm paper topics.

Faculty Office Hours

Faculty are available every day in their offices from 1:35 PM to 2:00 PM for guidance on projects or homework, or for further discussion of a class topic. They are also available to students during their free periods and during evening study hall by appointment.

Structured Study Hall

Boarding students have evening study hall in their dorms while day students who opt to stay on campus after dinner are welcome to study in the library or academic center. In addition to evening study hall, freshmen have assigned study halls during the academic day, giving our youngest students additional time to adjust to the rigors of our curriculum.

Peer Tutoring

Students may access peer tutors in most subjects during evening study hall in the library or by appointment during the day. Upperclassmen who are enrolled in upper level or Advanced Topics courses serve as tutors and run this program with oversight through the A.S.S.I.S.T. Learning Center.

Required Seminars

Freshmen and Sophomores take our L.E.A.P.S. 1 & 2 Seminars (Leadership, Ethics, Academic Management, Perspectives, and Self), a class designed to encourage students to be introspective and reflect on how they engage and contribute not only to the Tabor community, but society at large. The course meets weekly and is run by our Class Deans. 

List of 2 items.

  • L.E.A.P.S. 1 (9th Grade)

    Fall / Winter / Spring
    Each 9th grader will be enrolled in this required seminar course for one trimester.  This course is aimed at helping students to develop an understanding of self and others, through a holistic lens, while transitioning into the Tabor Academy community. Students will learn about who they are, what makes them unique, and what motivates them. Students will investigate and practice ways to study and prepare for success, how to live and work together in a collaborative community, and how to learn and lead. The students will take a detailed look at strategies and theories for academic development as well as theories and perspectives on personal development. The final unit of the course builds upon the ideas and theories in previous units and asks students to apply concepts to the greater world around them. This course aims to help students become more knowledgeable about themselves, engaged in meaningful relationships, and contributing members in the Tabor community and the world beyond. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis with class participation and completion of assigned projects weighing equally in the evaluation of each student’s performance.   
  • L.E.A.P.S. 2: (10th Grade)

    L.E.A.P.S. 2 - (10th grade)
    Fall / Winter / Spring
    Our sophomore course, L.E.A.P.S. 2, is aimed at helping students to become self-reflective while understanding issues at play within the communities to which they belong. The trimester progresses through a sequence of material moving from a focus on the individual to dealing with issues relevant to larger groups. Rooted in psychology, students will be exposed to the ideas of theorist ranging from Lev Vygotsky to Bruce Tuckman. While learning about everything from the hierarchy of needs to the broken windows theory, students will be asked to assess their own perspectives as they relate to the topic at hand. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis with a heavy emphasis on class participation. 

The A.S.S.I.S.T. Team

List of 3 members.

  • Christina Bonney 

  • Merrie-Beth Cleary 

    Director of Academic Support
  • Susan Kenny 

    ASSIST Center


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