Teaching & Learning
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The Academic Guidance Center (AGC) provides support for students who have the aptitude and potential to succeed at Hebron Academy but who may have mild educational issues or lack adequate study strategies and organizational skills. Through the program, students become reliable self-advocates as they grow to understand their specific needs both in and out of the classroom.
The program encourages the development of strategies to support individual needs. Motivation and perseverance on the part of the student are key factors for success as the student moves toward self- advocacy and independence.
The Academic Guidance Center serves a range of students from those who require assistance with study and time management skills to those who are mildly learning disabled or diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Hebron Academy may request that a student participate in this program.
If students have a documented learning disability, documentation should include an aptitude test like the WISC-III or -IV or the WAIS. Tests should also include an achievement test like the Woodcock Johnson or the WIAT II. These tests should also include recommendations for accommodations and a history of the student’s difficulties. Students must have the ability to be fully mainstreamed into Hebron’s college preparatory curriculum. Students and parents should indicate that there is a documented disability and perhaps the need for support during the admissions process. This will allow for the appropriateness of our services to be mutually assessed by applicants and their families as well as by the Admissions Office. Parents and students should meet with the Academic Guidance Center director to discuss the program. It is not necessary for students to have a documented learning disability to enter the program.
Students already enrolled at Hebron Academy may refer themselves for this service; parents or faculty members may also refer students. Referrals will be reviewed by the program director to determine appropriateness of involvement.
Support for these students is provided in one or more of the following ways as appropriate:
- Routine communication with teachers and advisor to discuss progress and needs
- Teaching of study skills and compensatory strategies
- Teaching of time management skills
- Academic tutoring (small group setting)
- Accommodation plan management
- Arrangements for testing accommodations, as necessary and individually determined, including oral testing, extended time, dictation, distraction-free environment
- Assistance in preparing for college planning
Hebron Academy follows an education model based on student-centered teaching and learning. Through a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum complemented by a range of electives, we develop students who have a breadth of knowledge, who gain a greater understanding of themselves, and who have unbounded confidence ensuring lifelong curiosity and success. Graduates leave Hebron prepared well for higher education in top colleges and universities. The following are the principles that guide our academic program.
We affirm each unique voice by shaping its articulation in writing, speaking, listening, and artistic expression. At the core of this experience is our innovative four- year curriculum that systematically introduces, challenges, and inspires students as they experiment
with different media. Forming, stretching, and refining effective communication skills equip students to discover the power inherent in trusting both their views and voice while positioning them to participate in and contribute to life’s vibrant spectrum of opportunities.
In a world characterized by dynamic innovation and unrelenting change, those who lead fulfilling lives must be curious, adaptable, confident, and resilient. In presenting a comprehensive liberal arts and science program, we intentionally expose our students to many different styles of teaching, learning, assessing, expressing, and creating.
Our faculty is empowered to explore new pedagogical methods in the classroom, to recognize student uncertainty, and use it as a springboard for analysis and discussion. Our students are encouraged to reach, try, fail, change, and grow. Our approach to inspiring adaptability in our students is purposeful, precise, and proven.
Being connected, engaged, and open to new perspectives are the qualities today’s global citizen possesses and the ones we cultivate at Hebron. We nurture empathy and a shared sense of responsibility to ensure that our students feel part of a worldwide community here on campus and beyond. We support them as they participate in educational, linguistic, and service experiences that foster awareness, promote environmental stewardship and create opportunities to become accountable international citizens. We model and reward adopting
a global lens to recognize and analyze multiple viewpoints on issues.
The Hebron experience is alive with avenues for students to share their varied backgrounds and experiences in order to expand their perspectives and enrich interactions with each other, the environment, and the world.
Throughout their tenure here students acquire, cultivate, and hone leadership skills. We guide them in discovering how to identify their individual core values so they can leverage them to engage actively in the classroom, the community, and the world. We recognize that leadership comes in many forms and encourage students to better understand themselves in order to develop their capacity to take purposeful initiative.
Our academic program provides experiences that equip students to test their courage, rise to a challenge, take decisive initiative, learn from failure, face adversity, and embrace resiliency. These characteristics inspire Hebron students to succeed here and in college and to lead lives of deliberate purpose and meaning for their own benefit and the benefit of others.
Any student who receives a failing grade in a course for any term or who has a term Grade Point Average (GPA) below a C (2.00) is placed on Academic Warning. The Academic Dean will meet with the student to determine the reasons and make recommendations or restrictions to encourage better performance. This may include required tutoring and supervised study.
Students who have a failing grade for a second consecutive term or who have a trimester GPA below a D (1.00) will be placed on Academic Probation. A student remaining on Academic Probation may not be allowed to reenroll. Parents will be advised in writing of these situations.
All students will take a minimum of five courses. Ninth graders in mainstream English will take six as part of the Ninth Grade Program. All students are expected to conduct their studies and to participate in classes with peers and faculty in English. ESOL courses and additional assistance are offered to help students succeed.
The demands of Hebron courses are such that we do not actively encourage students to overload their individual schedules; however, some students do elect a sixth course in consultation with their advisors and the Academic Dean. At least one study period during the day is required.
Should a senior fail one or more courses for a year but have fulfilled all departmental requirements, their case will be reviewed by the Academic Affairs Committee and a recommendation made to the Head of School to grant or not grant a diploma.
In very unusual circumstances it is possible to petition the Academic Affairs Committee to have a portion of the graduation requirements waived. This usually has to do with documented learning disabilities. However, in no case will 4 units of English or 1 unit of United States History be waived.
Honors courses are more intensive than regular courses, and departments review and approve applicants based upon past performance. Advanced Placement courses are rigorous courses taught at the college freshman level and are designed for students able and willing to undertake such demands. Students are selected for honors and AP courses at the discretion of the departments which may take into account performance and attitude in prerequisite courses as well as standardized test scores. Departments generally require grades of B or above in prerequisite courses. AP students are required to take the corresponding exam in May in order to receive AP Credit. Students are responsible for the associated exam fee(s).
Each trimester the performance of students who do not maintain a C+ average in an honors or AP course will be reviewed to judge whether it is appropriate for them to continue in the course.
Sufficient qualified enrollment and staff are necessary to ensure the presence of some sections within the curriculum. In years when it is not possible to offer a specific AP section, stronger students may prepare for the AP exam in the context of a regular class. Other courses are only offered if there are sufficient qualified candidates.
Independent study programs are intended for seniors or exceptional juniors who have special circumstances or have exhausted the Academy’s offerings in a particular area. Independent study is a third-credit option which may be approved on a term-by-term basis as a supplement to a regular course load. Independent study proposals must meet the following criteria:
- Submission by the student of a detailed proposal outlining the scope of the project, the goals to be achieved and the assessment to be applied.
- Approval of the department involved and with both a willing teacher assigned and a common period in which the work is to take place.
- As a sixth course and only for a trimester at a time. Continuation of the course requires re-approval each trimester.
- As a one-third credit per trimester option (one credit for full-year) reported as pass/fail for transcript purposes.
- With final approval of the Academic Affairs Committee.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- History and Social Sciences
- World Languages
- Visual and Performing Arts
In a four-year progression, students will move from short narrative, expository and analytical essays to more advanced explorations of voice, structure, and genre. All English courses are writing-intensive; daily assignments help students to gain the flexibility to articulate and shape their impressions and observations in a variety of essay forms. All ninth graders take Humanities English as part of the Ninth Grade Program. In preparation for their entry into English courses, international students may be placed in ESOL foundation courses, according to their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Hebron Academy offers foundational and advanced ESOL courses for English, history, and science. Placement in these courses is based on academic proficiency of English, not merely on conversational fluency or student grade. Successful students will be able to place into regular English before or by their senior year. Proficiency testing occurs at the beginning and end of each academic year. For students recommended by their teachers, testing can occur at midyear.
The ESOL curriculum focuses on English grammar, academic composition, inferential reading comprehension, formal speaking, complex listening comprehension, and gaining vocabulary.
The Department of Mathematics aims to teach our students to think clearly, to use logical reasoning, and to manipulate quantitative relationships with accuracy. We teach problem-solving as a process and work with students to discredit the myth that either one can do math or one cannot. Because the worlds of education and work frequently require teamwork, our students practice communication with mathematics, acquiring this skill by talking with each other about math, explaining their thinking to each other, and justifying their ideas.
Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II comprise the required sequence in mathematics. All students must take three years in the Upper School, but four years are strongly encouraged. Honors-level and AP courses are available at many levels. Ninth graders and international students new to Hebron Academy are required to take a math placement test in order to verify correct class placement.
The Science Department members share their enthusiasm and interests to spark curiosity and to nurture and develop an interest in science. It is important for students to understand that science is a process for approaching problems and that the approaches used in science may be relevant to other situations in their lives. The department strives to provide students with a solid background in life and physical sciences to prepare students well for college-level courses. Ninth graders are required to take Conceptual Physics or ESOL Conceptual Physics as an introduction to all subsequent laboratory classes. Upperclass students take Biology, and either Chemistry or Physics depending on their course status when they enrolled at Hebron.
Honors and Advanced Placement sections of biology, chemistry, and physics are intense courses with significant laboratory experiences. They frequently require a greater commitment.
The history department at Hebron Academy supports the premise that students need to have an understanding of the past to comprehend the present. The department believes that cultural awareness is critical to future interpersonal communication skills as the world is becoming increasingly interconnected. Teachers foster student literacy within the writing and discussing of historical concepts as well as guide students as they formulate and support their opinions in all modes of communication.
At Hebron, we are fortunate to offer an array of history and social science courses. The foundations of these courses, coupled with the passion of the teachers, are intended to inspire students to learn about the world in which we all live and appreciate the factors which brought us to this point in time.
Our goal in the World Languages department is for students to develop a strong foundation in language while cultivating the skills and inclination to continue to study and apply their learning in daily life. Two consecutive years of study in a language are required for graduation, though additional advancement is highly encouraged.
Students at Hebron have many rich opportunities to actively participate in creative exploration in both the visual and performing arts. As practicing artists, musicians, and actors, the arts faculty bring a high level of experience to studios and classrooms and inspire a culture of risk-taking, excellence and rigor of craft, and the freedom to find individual expressive voice. As part of the Ninth Grade Program, all freshmen will take Freshman Seminar: Creative Expression.
Those entering students with prior coursework in studio art who wish to take intermediate or advanced electives must be prepared to submit a portfolio to the Arts Department to substantiate their preparation and previous coursework.
Studio fees exist in most courses to partially defray the cost of materials.
Students in photography courses are required to own an appropriate camera, either non-automatic or with override of automatic functions. Enrollment is limited and preference given to continuing art students.
Hebron offers a wide range of music opportunities to students through ensembles and course selections. Chorus and Orchestra are offered before school for a half credit and are open to all students regardless of skill level. We have a small selection of school instruments available for use in ensembles as well as access to a rent-to-own program if students are interested in purchasing an instrument.
Our extra-curricular ensembles, HeBeGeeBees and Jazz Band, meet one evening a week and require an audition to join. Students have numerous opportunities to share their work, from Musical Mondays at school meeting, receptions and formal events, all school concerts and celebrations, as well as state competitions and festivals. Advanced students seeking more focused, one on one instruction on instrument and voice can sign up for lessons at an additional fee billed to their student account.
To receive the Hebron diploma, a student must successfully complete 18 Upper School credit units including the distribution requirements of the academic departments, and pass all courses in the senior year. In addition, all seniors and postgraduates must attend all class events up to and including commencement to receive a diploma.
English | ESOL
4 years; students whose first language is other than English must take a non-ESOL English course their senior year. Students will be tested for English proficiency and course placement each year until mainstreamed.
3 years; at least Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.
2 years of laboratory science including life science (Biology) and physical science (Chemistry or Physics).
History & Social Sciences
2 years; United States History and one other course. Students whose first language is other than English must demonstrate sufficient proficiency before being placed in US History.
2 year; completion of two sequential years’ study of the same language in the Upper School.
Visual and Performing Arts
1 year’s study; ninth-grade students normally take Introduction to Studio Art.
Unlike students learning English in U.S. public schools, our students maintain their home country status and language(s). However, students will be expected to use English as their academic and social language while attending Hebron Academy. All international and domestic students with a first language other than English will receive a placement test upon arrival at school. Students with limited English proficiency will be enrolled in ESOL courses, which carry an additional fee.
Students are scheduled for courses at the foundational, advanced or mainstream English levels, depending upon testing results. Foundational level students will take ESOL courses in math, science, history and English. Advanced level students will take ESOL courses in history and English. Testing occurs during International Student Orientation before fall term classes begin, again at midyear just before winter break and again at the end of the school year. Students must complete a full year of mainstream U.S. History and mainstream English to meet Hebron’s graduation requirement.
Hebron uses the traditional letter grades of A, B, C, D and F. A and B are Honors grades; C denotes satisfactory work; and D is passing. Failure for the year (which carries no credit) is reported as F for school and transcript purposes.
For the computation of grade-point averages and honor rolls, the grades of A, B, C and D are converted to a 4-point scale where A = 4.0. Pluses and minuses are recorded as +.3 or -.3. Thus, the grade of C+ is 2.3; B- is 2.7.
Hebron ceased computing class rank on July 1, 1995. We report grade distributions to colleges to communicate the relative academic strength of our students.
Students with more than one grade below B- or any grade below a C are not eligible for Honor Roll.
If a student fails a course for a trimester, the Academic Dean will confer with the student to be sure they understand the situation and make suggestions to improve academic performance. Those who fail courses for the year are reviewed by the Academic Affairs Committee. To graduate, seniors are required to pass all courses in the senior year.
Hebron posts grades and makes available an online report to students and parents seven times each year. Students and parents may access their current reports on myHebron from the school website. Reports are available as follows:
September: Preliminary observations
October: Midterm Report
December: First Trimester Report
February: Midterm Report
March: Second Trimester Report
May: Midterm Report
June: Year Report
The Honor Roll is published at the conclusion of each trimester. Students with an average of 3.7–4.0 are on the Highest Honor Roll. High Honors designation is for students with averages of 3.3–3.69, inclusive. Students whose averages are between 3.0 and 3.29 are designated Honors students. In effect, the Honor Roll designations reflect academic averages of B, B+ and A- or better. In addition, a student who receives more than one grade below B- and/or any grade below C will not qualify for Honor Roll.
Many insurance companies offer a Good Student discount to students who have averages of B or better for the preceding trimester. If you are on the Honor Roll for a trimester, the Studies Office can verify your Good Student Certificate.
The following statement is taken from the MLA Handbook For Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. It applies to all original written work submitted in all courses at Hebron Academy.
Plagiarism may take the form of repeating another’s sentences as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else’s argument as your own, or even presenting someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own.
In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed from another. Although a writer may use another persons’ words and thoughts, they must be acknowledged as such.
Plagiarism is forbidden and is taken seriously. A student risks losing full credit for any plagiarized assignment. Repeated plagiarism can result in dismissal from school.
In the evening, most students study in their rooms under the supervision of dorm faculty who seek to ensure a proper study atmosphere.
With permission, students may seek extra help from teachers. Some will also work with the assistance of tutors in the Academic Guidance Center.
Those failing a course or having a low average GPA are required to study in designated places under closer supervision.