Student Support Services
Student Support Services at St. Mary’s are provided to assist students in reaching their full developmental and academic potential. The individual needs and learning style of each boy is considered while acknowledging that boys learn at different rates and in different ways. Our goal is to ensure that each student has equal access to the curriculum in a caring, supportive environment. Every student is encouraged to be a creative and critical thinker as a member of the school and the global community. Our teachers maintain a school environment that values all learners and fosters academic success. Student Support Services personnel work in collaboration to serve the whole school community.
The St. Mary’s ESL program aims to enable students whose first language is not English to overcome language-related difficulties while also supporting their academic and social development. The goal is to assist the students’ full integration into the mainstream classes. ESL classes are offered for students from RP through grade 8.
The St. Mary’s campus minister is available for spiritual counseling to school community members of all religious denominations. As a Roman Catholic priest, he presides over school prayer services and Masses, as well as celebrating Eucharist each weekday and Sunday with the worshipping community of St. Mary’s Chapel. The campus minister provides sacramental preparation such as the First Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Reconciliation and Baptism. Spiritual assistance is also offered at non-denominational services, such as memorial services and funerals.
All elementary students participate in regularly scheduled classroom visits with the counselor to discuss topics such as interpersonal communication and relationships.
All elementary students participate in regularly scheduled classroom visits with the counselor to discuss topics such as solving problems, making friends and understanding and coping with feelings and emotions.
An ES counselor is available to help RP - Grade 5 students, parents and teachers. The counselor provides students with a variety of services from weekly classroom lessons to meeting students one-on-one and in small groups. These sessions help support students, as well as teaching a variety of strategies including conflict resolution, anger management, safety awareness and development of social skills. She coordinates with other St. Mary’s specialists to help with the developmental and academic needs of the ES students. The counselor is also involved in admissions, new student orientations, parenting workshops and informal discussion groups. Lastly, when the need arises, the counselor offers referrals to outside professionals in the community and helps parents coordinate with those services.
Learning Support Coordinators
By working with parents and faculty, the Learning Support Coordinators guide caregivers regarding learning-related matters. The primary role of our Learning Support Coordinators is to support boys who may not be performing to grade level expectations and/or are experiencing learning difficulties. This support can include any of the following: academic screening, observation of the student in different learning environments, meetings with parents and teachers to make recommendations to help the student, consultation regarding strategies and modifications, discussion of student work and referrals to external services.
The Learning Support Coordinators recruit and advise high school boys who tutor younger students. The Learning Support Coordinators are also involved in admissions screening for RP and grade 1, and consult with principals at all levels as needed for admissions.
The school aims to provide an environment conducive to the promotion and maintenance of good health. A full-time nurse is available during the school day, and care is provided for any health-related condition which impairs learning. The nurse provides liaison among the school, home, community agencies, physicians and other medical personnel.
St. Mary’s does not have the facilities to serve children who have serious learning, emotional or physical disabilities, and all students are enrolled in mainstream classes. Students must be able to learn in the mainstream classes with a minimum of special assistance.