The Office of Learning Access & Student Achievement helps students and faculty to develop fundamental skills and strategies that enhance academic achievement. Our staff looks to foster students’ independence and responsibility for their own education at Loomis Chaffee and beyond and focuses on developing an understanding of and proficiency in skills that underlie course content across the curriculum. These skills include time management for class preparation and work completion, organization of academic materials, memory strategies, managing test anxiety, and planning. The office also helps teachers address students’ diverse learning needs through awareness of their learning profiles and support for differentiation of instruction and assessment.
Daytime study halls are held in the library and are staffed by 11th and 12th grade students who work with the Learning Access & Student Achievement Office to serve not only as proctors but as guides and models in developing study habits.
Quantitative Resource Center (QRC) and Science Resource Center (SRC)
The Quantitative Resource Center (QRC) and Science Resource Center (SRC) are staffed by student tutors and Loomis Chaffee faculty who work one-on-one with students who are preparing for exams or need help with homework in all levels of math and science. The centers share a space in the Katharine Brush Library and are open Sunday through Thursday nights for both in-person and online sessions.
The Loomis Chaffee Writing Studio offers inspiration and support for Loomis writers across the curriculum as they work to communicate their ideas, arguments, discoveries, and voices. The trained staff members of the Writing Studio offer non-evaluative feedback and guidance to writers at any stage of the writing process. The Writing Studio staff serve not in lieu of, but in addition to, students’ own teachers, with the students setting their agendas for their studio sessions and holding sole command of the pen. The Writing Studio is located on the first floor of the Katharine Brush library.
All Loomis students have a faculty advisor. Advisors have three main roles:
- to help you have a positive experience academically and socially;
- to oversee your academic program and progress in specific courses;
- and to communicate with your parents, working with them to serve your best interests.
You can expect to meet with your advisor on a regular basis. They will monitor your academic progress ― celebrating your successes and helping you to address any challenges. In the latter case, your advisor will work with you to devise an appropriate action plan and connect you with additional resources if needed.