In addition to teaching, faculty members serve as advisers, providing a personal relationship for each child on a campus that already has so much to offer. Advisers meet with their advisees throughout the week and are in regular communication with parents through phone calls, emails and conferences. They also take advisees on occasional outings, giving an already close group opportunities to relax and socialize off campus.
Extra Help is a scheduled block of time offered daily for all Baylor students. During Extra Help, teachers are available to meet with students to provide additional support for their class. Support can range from reinforcing a concept or skill to preparing for a test to help with homework.
In a college preparatory school such as Baylor, the curriculum can be rigorous at times even for the best and brightest students. It is especially important for Middle Schoo studentsl to establish habits and skills that will enable them to succeed in the Upper School. Christy Tomisek is a full-time learning specialist dedicated specifically to the Middle School. In her role, she provides assistance that is tailored to individual learning styles. Sometimes it is in the form of grasping new content in a particular subject, or it may be help related to testing skills, organizational skills, and developing more efficient study skills. In addition to working with students and parents, she is also a valuable resource for faculty who are developing strategies to help students reach their individual academic potential.
Peer Tutor Program
As an additional level of support, Baylor’s Middle School also provides a Peer Tutor program. Students with a strength in math or language can volunteer to work with their peers during study hall times, benefiting both the tutor and the student gaining extra help and guidance.
Reading is an integral part of the Middle School program. Students in grades six through eight are expected to independently read a pre-established number of pages per quarter.
Baylor’s Information Literacy program is designed to create lifelong learners by teaching students how to access and evaluate information in the ever-expanding variety of print and electronic resources. Classes take place in the library, where students are introduced to online resources while learning to access, analyze, and evaluate materials and use information effectively. The first half of the class session is spent on instruction, while the second half allows students to apply that knowledge through specific projects. These competencies are then expanded upon each year.