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Academic Support

Academic support at Community School of Naples (CSN) is designed to meet the needs of students with language-based and executive functioning learning differences. CSN students who receive academic support possess average to superior cognitive abilities, are motivated to learn and have healthy social and emotional relationships with peers and adults. Support is provided through small group and individualized remediation, explicitly taught strategies, and/or consultative services. We provide all students with access to research-based methods and high-quality instructional techniques that aim to maximize their learning. Academic support consistently focuses on helping students capitalize on their strengths while developing skills and strategies in areas of challenge. Our goal is to nurture personal and academic growth, self-confidence, and self-advocacy to develop independence, ownership and needed competencies to help each child realize his or her own success.

Academic support is organized by the division to ensure that all levels of remediation, reinforcement, and transition are implemented to effectively serve students with learning differences in grades PreK-12. Teachers, administrators, and support staff work closely to monitor student progress to ensure timely interventions as needed. In addition to the School Support Team, CSN collaborates with Naples-based speech therapists, occupational therapists, and tutors to provide students with assistance and extra support during the school day. Support personnel work with each division to schedule their pullout time and are provided an on-campus space to work with their designated student(s). CSN believes that working with providers in the community reduces the logistical challenges of traveling to appointments after the school day has ended. Additionally, our relationship with these specialists allows them to work closely with classroom teachers to ensure that the educational team is working to achieve shared goals. Academic support presents itself differently as students transition from Lower School to Middle School, and Middle School to Upper School. Transition meetings are held across divisions to anticipate the needs of individual students and prepare support plans for the following academic year.

To assist CSN with personalizing the educational environment through academic support, students who wish to receive accommodations must:

Submit to CSN a current (no more than three years old) psycho-educational evaluation completed by a licensed psychological professional. To ensure that learning plans are customized to the CSN experience, public school IEPs, 504 plans, or other learning plans issued by other schools cannot serve as substitutes for a full psych-ed evaluation.

Sandra Van Vlymen


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