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Department of Student Support

DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT SUPPORT


As the Interim Director of the Department of Student Support, I am pleased to introduce you to the services that we strive to provide for our students at Augusta Preparatory Day
School (APDS). Our department is committed to enhancing the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of students in order to enhance their academic success at APDS. The department provides two essential services that assist in the cultivation of an optimal learning environment. These services include counseling and learning support. Our team consists of dedicated counselors and learning support providers that attend to the needs of students in the lower, middle, and upper school divisions. 


The counseling services we provide adhere to a wellness philosophy. This multifaceted and strength-based philosophy emphasizes the notion that individuals have the capacity for growth in order to achieve their fullest potential. APDS counselors attend to developmental needs by viewing the student within their unique holistic context. Therefore, the counseling services we provide carefully consider age appropriate interventions and techniques. Additionally, counselors seek to work collaboratively with parents by offering ongoing consultation, psychoeducation, and related resources. All of the counseling services we provide align with the mission of the department and seek to enhance the overall academic success of students.


Learning Support at Augusta Preparatory Day School consists of a collective relationship between teachers, families, administrators, and learning support providers. This team approach facilitates a thorough identification of student needs in order to address strengths and areas for growth. We provide individualized and small group support while continuously monitoring student progress through varying research-based techniques and strategies. Learning specialists are committed to creating customized, prescriptive learning plans to maximize the potential of each student. Our collective approach provides a responsive atmosphere and emphasizes the shared goal of nurturing self esteem and improving academic success of each student. 

The Department of Student Support is committed to partnering with families, teachers, leadership, and community members in order to provide a foundation on which students confidently thrive during their education journey at Prep and beyond.




Dr. Kara P. Deaner

Interim Director of Student Support/Counselor (LS/MS)


CONTACTS
Kara Deaner

Kara P. Deaner, Ph. D.

Interim Director of Student Support/Counselor (LS/MS)

kara.deaner@augustaprep.org


Samuel Gruber

Samuel Gruber, MAT

Academic Services Coordinator (Middle and Upper Schools)

samuel.gruber@augustaprep.org



Amanda Riggs

Amanda Riggs, M.Ed.

School Counselor (Grades 7-12)

amanda.riggs@augustaprep.org



Christi Yeager

Christi Yeager, Teaching Credential, Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Certified, Dyslexia Certification

Lower School Learning Support 

christi.yeager@augustaprep.org




Academic Support Services

Lower School

  • Cultivating deeper mathematical understanding
  • Enhancing executive functioning skills (time management, organization, and study strategies)  
  • Accommodating students with specific testing needs
  •  English language development instruction
  •  Orton Gillingham strategies
  •  Multi-sensory techniques
  •  Dyslexia screening
  •  Screening for appropriate services
  •  Continuity of instruction during transitions
  •  Cross-divisional instruction
  •  Building reading fluency and comprehension skills


Middle School

  • Building reading fluency and comprehension skills
  • Enhancing executive functioning skills (time management, organization, and study strategies)
  • Accommodating students with specific testing needs
  • Continuity of instruction during transitions
  • Cross-divisional tutoring
  • Dyslexia screening
  • Orton Gillingham instruction
  • Referring families to outside services
  • ESL support (proposed)

Upper School

  • Enhancing executive functioning skills (time management, organization, and study strategies)
  • Accommodating students with specific testing needs
  • Coordinating SAT/College Board accommodations requests
  • Screening for appropriate services
  • Continuity of instruction during transitions
  • Referring families to outside services
  • Peer tutoring
  • Dyslexia screening
  • ESL support (proposed)

Counseling Services

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) classroom lessons
  • Small group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Classroom guidance
  • Parent meetings
  • Consultation/collaboration with teachers, parents, and community
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program planning and assisted delivery
  • Mindful Matters parent meetings
  • Cross-divisional mentoring support
  • Student advising and planning
  • Crisis management, support, and referrals

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

In an effort to continue to live up to the Augusta Prep mission to be a welcoming community, the school implemented the Olweus (pronounced Ol-Vay-Us) Bullying Prevention Program over the course of the 2019-20 school year. All faculty and staff members are in the process of undergoing training as part of the program implementation. Many Augusta Prep employees attended an all-day training session during pre-planning in early August.

Olweus is "a research-based bullying prevention and intervention program, which supports whole student success by reducing bullying through systemic change to improve school climate." Later in the school year, staff members will engage with students intentionally through class meetings and advisory meetings in improving their social and emotional skills using Olweus resources that are age-appropriate for each division.

Augusta Prep is the only Augusta-area independent school - and only school in Richmond or Columbia counties - to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.


Additional Resources

Social-Emotional Resources

https://childmind.org/article/tips-communicating-with-teen/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/Wearing-Masks_Story.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0jU47L82Atm6-ykHKZLDn5nRIngXmKI4jt72Z0gJXXictv3UbyI4oo7QM

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/Wearing-Masks_Tipsheet.pdf

Academic Support Resources

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/Learning_Services/RISE/SCIENCE_OF_READING.pdf

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-google-classroom

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/22/well/family/how-to-help-your-child-study.html

http://www.dyslexia.yale.edu/resources/dyslexic-kids-adults/tips-from-students/






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