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Academic Support

Academic Success Period

As a Professional Learning Community (PLC), Will C. Wood High School is focused on addressing the four key elements of a PLC:

  • What do students need to learn?
  • How do we know if students have learned?
  • What do we do if students haven't learned?
  • What do we do if students have learned?

Academic Success is one of our answers to the third question--What do we do if students haven't learned? It is an academic intervention period for any student who needs additional time and support to learn. Research shows that for an intervention to be effective it must adhere to the following criteria.

An effective academic intervention must be:

  • Timely: students receive intervention as soon as it is evident that they aren't learning
  • Systemwide: regardless of who the student's teacher is, every student is guaranteed this time and support
  • Directive: if a student is experiencing difficulty learning, additional time and support are not optional
  • Within the school day: students shouldn't be required to come outside of the school day for support
  • Conducted by the most qualified instructor: the student's teachers provide the intervention--not a third party

How it Works: Academic Success period is held every Tuesday and Thursday between 5th and 6th period for 35 minutes. The purpose of this period is to give students who need extra time and academic support access to their teachers to get the extra help they need. Students may stay in their AS period for that day, or may request a pass to see another teacher who they need to get help from. We also offer study halls during AS so that students can access resources in the Library, or study in small groups in the cafeteria if they do not need help from a teacher.

During Academic Success, students must work on the following:

  • Working with their teacher, reviewing or relearning a lesson.
  • Completing missing or incomplete assignments and/or assessments for that class.
  • Working on homework or practice assignments from another class.
  • Silent Reading
  • Assist or tutor other students who need help.
  • Students may access instructional technology such as chromebooks, etc., to work on academic skills or practice (Khan Academy, etc.)

​​​​​​​›Some of the above information referenced on this webpage was gathered from: DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many (2010). Learning by doing (2nd ed). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press

Academic Success Calendar 2018-2019

Wednesday Re-Take and Make-Up Center

When students are absent from school and miss a quiz, test, or other assessment, they usually get further behind when they get back to school because they have to use class instructional time to make those things up. In many cases our teachers already allow students to do re-takes for assessments they have not shown mastery on yet, but there hasn't always been time during the day for that to work . 

To address this academic need, each Wednesday, the school hosts a "Re-Take and Make-Up Center" in the Library after school from 3:00-4:30pm. Students who need to do a make-up or re-take will be notified by their teacher, or the student can ask their teacher as well. The student will be given instructions from the teacher, including a half sheet of paper reminding them of the time, place, and materials they need to bring. In most cases the student will need to show their teacher evidence of preparation and study (test corrections, re-doing problem sets or practice) to qualify for the re-take. Students will get specific instructions from their teachers on what they need to do before the re-take can take place.

We hope that this offers our students more time and support to do their re-takes and show mastery, while also allows for students who miss class to not fall behind. The re-take center also allows for our teachers and students to spend their Academic Success time working, completing assignments, re-teaching, and preparing for re-takes, instead of trying to proctor and complete make-ups and re-takes in a 35 minute period of time, while also trying to support and help other students. Students who cannot attend the Wednesday sessions can still work with their teachers to do their re-takes at another time, but students get out early at 2:53 on Wednesdays, giving them at least a 45 minute period of time before sports practices, work schedules, and other outside responsibilities. This makes Wednesday afternoons a great time for students and for teachers.