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Learning Center

The Learning Center is a resource which helps students overcome their challenges to learning, find ways to succeed, and thrive in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. The Center provides a variety of academic support programs, both one-on-one and small group, to meet the needs of the rich variety of learners we serve.

Students who are enrolled in Learning Center meet weekly in small groups or one-on-one to gain individualized skills necessary to be successful. From executive functioning support to content specific tutorials, a wide variety of academic and social needs are addressed. 

Staffed by trained professionals, the Kimball Union Learning Center is equipped to provide appropriate, professional, and caring services to help students thrive.

Learn more about the Learning Center.
  • Choices

    (fall; 1/3 credit)

    The Choices course is designed to support freshmen in the academic and social realms. It is required of all ninth grade students in the first trimester and is offered on a pass/fail basis. The objectives of the academic curriculum are to help students develop an understanding that learning is an active process, to better familiarize students with their own unique learning styles, and to identify and implement strategies that enhance their effectiveness as learners. Topics covered include: time/materials/space organization, learning styles, plagiarism/citation, note taking, active reading, active listening, writing, memory, and test preparation/taking. The social curriculum aims to provide students with information and strategies for making healthy decisions in all aspects of their lives at KUA.  Topics addressed include: KUA history, digital citizenship, personal health, nutrition, coping with stress, peer pressure, self image, relationships, college planning, and leadership. Dependent on the topic of the class, ninth graders are either taught together in a presentation-style setting, or split into smaller groups, either co-ed or single gender, for further exploration through activities and discussion. The course is team-taught by faculty members in the Center for the Advancement of Learning and the Student Life Office.
  • SAT Preparation

    (Junior; spring)

    Designed for, and taught to, students in the spring of their junior year, the SAT Prep course prepares students for the rigors of taking the SAT tests offered by the College Board.  The primary goal is to identify and implement test taking strategies using prerequisite knowledge to increase student performance.

    Additionally, the Learning Center will refer, to a local tutoring agency, students who either are not able to participate in this course or wish for addtional opportunities to further prepare for standardized testing.
  • Structured Study Tutorial

    This tutorial provides individualized, small group (maximum of four students) support to students with a focus on improving study skills, organization, time management, general academic skills, and self-advocacy. The tutorial meets during a class period (three times per week). Structured Study Tutorial is a year-long course, but students can re-enroll in the class in subsequent years as needed.
    (Additional fee)
  • Individualized Learning Tutorial

    For students whose learning profile requires the support of the learning specialist without the executive functioning support provided by a Structured Study Tutorial, this program provides intensive and individualized academic support.  The student meets with a learning specialist in a one-on-one setting for two class periods each week.  Our learning specialists work with students to identify specific academic goals and support students in achieving those goals through academic coaching, specific skills instruction, and regular communication with teachers and parents.  Students’ work with a learning specialist is highly individualized and incorporates a wide variety of interventions including general study skills, ADHD coaching, reading comprehension and written expression instruction, and math remediation and support.  Facilitation of access to assistive technology and classroom-based accommodations are included in this service. (Additional fee)
  • English Language Tutorial

    This tutorial provides individualized English language support to international students at all levels of proficiency who wish to strengthen their English language skills.  The student will meet on an individual basis with the English Language Learning instructor for one class period a week.  Assignment is for the academic year and can be extended to subsequent years upon agreement among the student, the parents, and the ELL specialist.  (Additional fee)


  • Comprehensive Tutorial

    For students whose learning style requires the support of a learning specialist, this program provides intensive and individualized academic support. In addition to attending Structured Study Tutorial (see above description), the student will meet with a learning specialist in a one-on-one setting for two class periods each week. Our learning specialists work with students to identify specific academic goals and support students in achieving those goals through academic coaching, specific skills instruction, and regular communication with teachers and parents. Students’ work with learning specialists is highly individualized and incorporates a wide variety of interventions including general study skills, ADHD coaching, reading comprehension and written expression instruction, and math remediation. Facilitation of access to assistive technology and classroom-based accommodations are included in this service. (Additional fee)

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  • Graduation Requirements

    Each student must accumulate 19 credits in order to be a candidate for graduation. In addition, seniors are required to earn a passing grade in each of their courses to qualify for graduation. Specific course requirements are below and constitute 17 credits of the 19 needed for graduation. The remaining two credits must be earned in advanced level courses in two departments.

    • English: 4 credits
    • Science: 3 credits from lab courses (one of which must be Biology)
    • Mathematics: 3 credits (through Algebra II and one year beyond Algebra II if possible)
    • World Languages: 3 credits in one language
    • History: 3 credits (one of which must be US History)
    • Art: 1 credit (which must include one trimester of Dance/Theatre and one trimester of Visual/Music)

    Each year, all students must carry at least five year-long core classes.

Faculty

  • Anne Peterson

    Director of Studies and Academic Support
    Bio
  • Elizabeth Edwards

    English Teacher, Learning Center Teacher
    Bio
  • Ursula Fries-Herfort

    Learning Center Teacher, Ceramics Teacher, Taylor Gallery Director
    Bio
  • Bryant Harris

    Learning Center Teacher
    Bio
  • Cynthia Howe

    Learning Center Administrative Liaison
    Bio
  • Jennifer Jabareen

    English Language Learning Specialist
    Bio
  • Dorothy Leech

    Learning Specialist
    Bio
  • Mary Jean Oman

    Learning Specialist
    Bio
  • Isabella Price

    Learning Specialist
    Bio

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Kimball Union Academy

603-469-2000  · 603-469-2040 (fax)  · info@kua.org
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.