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Grades 5-12 All-Girls Middle and Upper School

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Student Services

In addition to an outstanding faculty and staff, SPSG provides a comprehensive support network for students as they navigate the middle grades. Beyond the advisor, a full time learning specialist, school counselor, nurse, and chaplain are available to guide and assist students and families throughout the year.

Learning Services

Middle School Learning Services provides a range of services to students. In addition to meeting with individual students to provide support and to analyze current learning skills, the Learning Specialist collaborates with teachers either as a consultant or as a team teacher. She is also available to meet with parents.  In the Middle School, SPSG offers Language Lab, a class for students dedicated to providing direct instruction.

For students with diagnosed learning differences and girls, who can benefit from increased individualized attention, Language Lab takes the place of world language. This class gives students the opportunity to improve writing, organization and reading comprehension in a small class setting. Students focus on math, reading comprehension and writing skills as needs are determined in conjunction with core classes. In addition, class time is used to teach a variety of study and testing skills. In a small group, students learn to advocate for themselves, and develop positive relationships.

As students mature, they begin to understand their own learning strengths and develop effective learning strategies. This course provides a strong foundation for girls' success in the Upper School. Our model is fluid and student-centered.

Tutoring

STEP UP TUTORING

The tutors at Step Up are experienced, talented teachers who know their subject content and understand that each learner brings his/her own learning style. Trained to differentiate their instruction to fit a multitude of styles, our tutors have developed a repertoire of strategies, exercises and tips to help their tutees master the material, as well as develop more self-confidence as learners.

Please call Step Up at 443.632.1009 to provide details about your child’s academic challenge and to determine scheduling options. In most cases we will be able to match you with a tutor within a few days.

Fees: $75 for 1 hour of private tutoring

Trained and experience tutors in a range of subject areas, including, but not limited to:

  • All subjects K-8
  • Math: K-Algebra II & Pre-Calculus, Regular and AP Calculus, Statistics, and Economics
  • Foreign Languages: French and Spanish
  • Science: Biology
  • History / Social Studies: K-12, Modern World History, Ancient History, U.S. History
  • LD Support / Orton-Gillingham Methods / Study Skills

Other subjects are available per request. Please call 443.632.1009.

Counseling and Wellness

Our staff includes a licensed clinical professional counselor, a chaplain, and a registered school nurse. In addition to life skills classes, short-term counseling and pastoral care are available to all students. Students can self-refer or be referred by an advisor, teacher, or parent. Support is offered for friendship issues, stress, loss and change, and peer conflict, as well as other adolescent concerns. The SPSG Health and Wellness Departments uses a solution-focused approach, and the counselor or chaplain communicates with the parent, as appropriate. The counselor may refer students to resources outside of the school in order to meet her psychological, emotional, or social needs.

Parent Education

SPSG strives to provide meaningful programming for middle school parents throughout their child’s development. While it is our mission to provide educational opportunities for our students, it is equally important that the adults in our students’ lives continue to grow and seek understanding during their child’s adolescent years. Thus, in an effort to foster conversation about a topic of specific importance to the middle years, SPSG offers numerous programs, speakers, and workshops related to social media, setting boundaries, depression awareness, executive functioning, drug and alcohol prevention, and more. Middle School parents are required to attend at least one program annually. Please refer to the calendar of events regularly to see what is being offered.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors

The peer mentoring program allows about 8 selected 7th grade students with a diverse range of interests, backgrounds, skills and talents, and character traits to actively teach and talk with younger students in grades pre-k - 4 throughout the year. Leadership is one of the nine core values used in our signature character education and advisory programs and is a mission driven hallmark of our community. Peer mentors are trained to teach students lessons related to the middle/lower school value themes, participate as reading buddies in the SP Lower School, continue to improve and implement a 4th grade transition program, and more. Peer Mentors also work closely with the SP Middle School Peer Mentors to create and teach lessons grounded in our mission. These collaborative efforts build a strong on-campus community as well as team-like atmosphere at our schools.

Peer Mentors are coached by the Middle School Counselor and are expected to maintain strong character and sound decision making in order to set positive examples.

ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
11232 Falls Road
P.O. Box 8000
Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
TEL: 410-823-6323
SECURITY: 443-862-2294
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