Student Support

Country Day School provides a variety of support services to students to promote their development as individuals and as learners.

Our student support team offers opportunities for academic support and enrichment, for the development of ongoing social and emotional growth, and for overall health and well-being. As a team, we are committed to helping students successfully negotiate the rich and challenging learning environment at Shady Side Academy.

Meet the Country Day School student support staff.

Learning Specialists

Learning specialists are located on each of our campuses reflecting Shady Side Academy's commitment to supporting our students, especially those with learning differences. This ensures that a developmentally appropriate continuum of support services is provided to students as they advance through the Academy. Country Day School has two full-time learning specialists, one serving students in grades PK-2 and one serving grades 3-5.

The learning specialists and teachers collaborate to support the development of students with and without identified learning differences. As the students advance through Country Day School, the learning specialists’ primary focus is on the academic areas of reading, writing and math. Students are supported in the classroom, in a small group, or in a one-on-one setting. Systematic interventions that incorporate multi-sensory strategies help students progress toward their learning goals. In partnership with the classroom teachers, the learning specialists also provide strategies to improve students’ organization, self-monitoring and self-advocacy skills which are critical to their development as learners. For a student with a diagnosed learning difference, an accommodation plan is created by the learning specialist to identify the strategies and conditions needed to help foster the student’s success.

At Country Day School, the academic and learning skills cultivated help prepare our youngest students with the foundation necessary for their transition to the Middle School.

Learn more about Learning Support at SSA

School Nurse

Country Day School's full-time nurse oversees the health and wellness of all students. The nurse works with the student support team to provide management of each child as a whole person – not just an injury or illness. A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process.

The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention and follow-up. In addition to managing both acute and chronic illness and injury, the nurse acts as a liaison between families, physicians and the Academy. As per state guidelines, the nurse is responsible for health screening, record keeping and medication administration with physician and parent permission.

The school nurse also aids in various health teaching throughout the school year and is a welcome member in the classroom. She is also a familiar face in the hallways, so that children are comfortable going to her when they are ill or injured.