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David C. Bigelow '44 Learning Center

The David C. Bigelow '44 Learning Center is FREE and is open to ALL students.

Approximately 25% of Avon students take advantage of the Learning Center’s resources at a variety of different levels. The David C. Bigelow '44 Learning Center is a supportive environment where our academic coaches strategically come alongside students in their educational endeavors. The inviting space is available throughout the day for students to complete their academic course work, learn study and organization skills, and enhance test-taking strategies.

Our proven methodology—along with the solid relationships formed with the students—results in boys who gain an understanding of their own unique learning styles. Equipped with a new confidence and the right tools, these students are empowered to become independent life-long learners.

The Learning Center also coordinates classroom accommodations and the scheduling of both peer and professional tutors. The Learning Center is offered at no additional cost and attracts and works with a wide range of students seeking academic support. While much of our focus is helping students to address particular learning issues, we do have students who utilize the Learning Center to assist them with a particularly challenging assignment.

Meet the Academic Coaches

Accomodations

Accommodations at Avon Old Farms School

Avon Old Farms School offers a structured learning environment for students. While Avon enthusiastically makes available a variety of supportive resources for students, it is not a special needs school and is not equipped to provide individualized educational programs for students with severe physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities. The School does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is willing to implement or make reasonable accommodations to its practices, policies, and procedures in order to meet the needs of students with documented learning or behavioral disabilities. However, accommodations must be reasonable and must NOT fundamentally alter the academic program at Avon Old Farms School. All students, regardless of disability, will be held to the School’s standards for academic achievement and personal conduct.


Accommodations May Include:

  • Extended time (50%) for quizzes, tests and exams
  • Use of laptop/computers & calculators on tests and exams
  • Reduced distraction/quiet setting room for midterm and final exams
  • Audio Textbooks 
  • Teacher provides students with a copy of notes & power-point presentations

Accommodations May Not Include:

  • Quizzes, tests and exams without time limits
  • Alternatives to exams
  • Remedial work
  • Waiving foreign language requirement
  • Reduction of number or length of assignments or courses
  • Other accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic program

The Faculty at Avon Old Farms School supports students in the use of accommodations as long as they advocate for themselves. Securing accommodations at Avon is a student-driven endeavor.


The application process for accommodations:

Submit all documentation of a disability to the Director of the Learning Center by August 1st. Documentation must include a current psycho-educational evaluation (administered in the past three years) and be in accordance with those guidelines issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The academic deans, learning center directors, and school psychologist will consult on all requests for accommodation.

If the request for accommodations is approved, the Learning Center, with appropriate consent, will inform individual teachers of a student’s disability and the accommodations that have been authorized and approved.

There is a separate process to apply for accommodations on all standardized testing, such as the SAT/ACT. A documented disability does NOT ensure accommodations on standardized testing. Refer to the College Board Website or contact Marie Delnicki, DelnickiM@avonoldfarms.com, for additional information.

Sign Up For Tutoring Services

Avon Old Farms offers tutoring sessions for students that desire extra help. Our tutors are qualified educators and come alongside the students to bring them to the next level of learning.

Tutoring sessions are 50 minutes and will be held during your son’s free period, enrichment period and/or weekends. If your son is absent or tardy from the session without sufficient notification of 24 hours, it is still considered one complete tutoring session. By signing the agreement you are aware that if your son is absent or tardy for a session that it will be considered a completed session. You understand that if an absent or tardy session occurs, the Director of the Learning Center will make every effort to reschedule, time-permitting, but is under no obligation to do so.

Brett in Biology Class Lab

"The learning center helped me so much throughout my freshmen year. Mrs. Jensen is a great resource—she has helped me with papers and class situations." - Brett Newman '21

A Place of Brotherhood

“The Learning Center is more than just a place to get work done or receive extra help with strategizing for upcoming assignments. It is a place on campus that fosters friendships and enhances the brotherhood between students.” - Max Miller '19, Warden

Academic Coaching at its Best

Our team of nurturing educators can help a student:

  • Manage his time well
  • Nail down a healthy sleep routine
  • Enhance his reading rate and comprehension
  • Take better notes
  • Improve his memory recall
  • Strategize how best to work with learning differences
  • Discover what motivates him
  • Manage his stress and anxiety
  • Utilize tools to combat procrastination
  • Procure excellent study habits
  • Access available campus resources
  • And more!

A Place to Discover Individual Learning Tools

Our academic coaches will work side-by-side with students to unlock their ability to excel using a little bit of grit ...and a whole lot of expertise. With guidance, students will tap into their own innate toolbox of learning styles and be able to recall and use that reference for their entire life. 

Meet the Learning Center Team

Please contact the Learning Center for information about the evaluation process required in order to diagnose a student with a learning disability.

Samantha Jensen

Samantha Jensen

Titles: Director of the Learning Center
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-404-4142
James Reece

James Reece

Titles: Associate Director of the Learning Center
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-404-4286
Elizabeth Steber

Elizabeth Steber

Titles: Learning Center Specialist
Email: