O’Dowd addresses student academic performance challenges during their time as Dragons through a layered system of resources and support that is carefully designed and personalized. We believe that students succeed when they are supported by a collaborative program that includes structured communication between the home and school and a concerted case management approach involving all stakeholders, including teachers, coaches, academic support staff and counselors. For more information on Academic Support programs, please explore the drop down menu below or contact Catherine Harris, Director of Academic Support.
Drop-in tutoring provides academic support for all O’Dowd students free of charge. Drop-in tutoring is based in the Academic Support Center. The Center is staffed with trained peer tutors as well as an adult tutor. Review, test preparation, and time management help are typical activities for which drop-in tutoring can provide significant support. Contact Catherine Harris for more information.
SMART Sessions provide O’Dowd students help with identifying and resolving roadblocks to academic success. These sessions are subject specific, teacher-led study groups that meet before or after school and require the student to commit to a fixed schedule for the entire semester. Contact Catherine Harris for more information.
The CUSP program is designed to provide academic support for students who have missed, or will miss, a significant amount of school due to a planned or unplanned absence. The program is designed to provide either pro-active or reactive support depending on the circumstances of the absence. Contact Malik McCord for more information.
Support for Student Athletes
O’Dowd’s student athletes have access to drop-in tutoring year-round. While in season, student athletes receive grade monitoring, communication home, and personal check-ins as needed. This helps students adhere to demanding practice schedules while meeting the academic rigor of our college preparatory curriculum. Contact Malik McCord for more information.
Peer Tutoring connects students struggling with homework, projects, studying for tests, and understanding class concepts, with students who have been identified by teachers as knowledgeable, personable, supportive, and enthusiastic about learning. Our Peer Tutors have at least a B or better in their subject areas, and attend bimonthly trainings to more effectively tutor their peers. For more information, contact Mr. Damian Barnes.
Dragon Success is O’Dowd’s academic coaching program for 9th and 10th graders. Students work closely with an academic coach who provides help transitioning into high school. Students work on goal setting, organizational skills, planning and time management, effective communication, and self-advocacy. Contact Malik McCord for more information.
Academic coaching is a program available to 11th and 12th graders by referral. Candidates come from the bi-weekly list of students at risk of academic probation. Students have access to an academic coach to strengthen organization, time management, self-advocacy, and study skills. Contact Malik McCord for more information.
Final Exam Prep
The Finals Prep Workshop is a two-day workshop and participation is limited to 9th and 10th grade students. Each student will prepare a study plan for the two weeks leading up to finals. This is a fee-based program. Contact Catherine Harris for more information.
Students under a doctor’s care for head injuries will follow the protocol for “return to learn.” The protocol parallels the “return to play” for student athletes and is governed by the recommendations from the student’s medical doctor. Contact Malik McCord for more information.
Academic Support hosts family workshops and presentations throughout the school year. Please check the school calendar or announcements section on the Student/Parent portal for upcoming events.
Drop-In Tutoring Hours
Academic Support Center (back of library)
Mon – Fri 7:00 – 8:15 a.m. (various subjects)
Mon – Fri 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (various subjects)
Tuesday/Wednesday – Flex periods
Sat & Sun – TBD
CES1 Mon – Wed 3:00-4:30 p.m. (various subjects)
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