Hale Learning Center
"Established in support of the Academy's belief that students learn in different ways" – Robert T. & Judith Bryant Hale '56
Hale Learning Center Hours • Monday - Friday • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
THE HALE LEARNING CENTER (HLC) provides additional support to students who face academic challenges, often rooted to language skill deficits. To that end, Thayer Academy designs, implements, and coordinates approaches to learning and teaching that offer students the best chance of success in meeting the demands of a rigorous academic program. The Hale Center’s trained professional staff analyzes student learning profiles, works directly with students and their parents, recommends practical teaching approaches to faculty, assists in teacher training to meet student needs, supports the admission selection process, and – as appropriate – consults with the Academy’s educational psychologist to identify students requiring support.
Each Division, Middle and Upper School, has its own age-appropriate Hale Learning Center space and program under the direct supervision of an Academic Support Coordinator. The Hale Learning Center Director ensures the effectiveness of the program over the entire span of grades 6 to 12.
The specific responsibilities of the Hale Learning Center fall into three inter-related categories:
Additional Resources for Hale Learning Center
Thayer Academy Special Education Intern
This internship is designed to provide a beginning educator who is pursuing a master’s degree in special education the opportunity to gain additional experience from classroom and specialist teachers. The intern works with experienced teachers, observes classes, assists with individual and group projects. She also provides direct student support on a 1:1 basis and in small groups.
Additional Support Staff & Structures
Both the Middle and Upper Schools retain staff to specifically support students as they develop strong study skills. In both divisions, the Deans ar responsible for identifying and tracking students who require academic support. In addition, the Hale Center staff members consult with outside tutors, and, when needed, work with parents to find tutors. The Upper School also has a specially designed English program for students requiring extra support as a result of language deficits.