Strengthening Student Performance and Character
We pride ourselves on helping our students feel supported, valued, and know that despite facing challenges or setbacks, it is okay to receive extra academic help. Our students learn to evaluate their current situation, set goals, and track their progress. The caring group setting of our Academic Support and Guided Study Halls creates an atmosphere free of judgment and a sense that all students are working towards a common goal. They learn that the teachers overseeing the additional study halls, peer tutoring, and missing assignment monitoring are committed to working with them on their academic success. They understand that it is okay to struggle and that the greater SJNA community, in addition to their teachers, cares about their success.
By helping students realize that asking for help is acceptable in academics, we are also broadening their concepts of advocating for themselves and also realizing that it is okay to ask for help in other aspects of life. SJNA believes that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness, and the assistance they receive in Academic Support leads to significant academic improvements. We hope to instill the mindset that asking for help in other areas (mental, physical, and spiritual health) also resonates with them and they can benefit significantly by seeking out assistance when needed. The SJNA Academic Support System inevitably provides social and emotional support to all of our students and in doing so helps to build a positive relationship between teachers, staff, and students. Along with providing additional instruction, the Academic Support staff also prepares study guides and individualized study materials to accelerate skill development and the learning process.