Math Lab & Writing Center
The Math Lab and Writing Center serve all middle and upper school students and faculty by providing a supportive, collaborative environment focused on developing a deeper understanding of math and writing. As branches of the ASPIRE program, the Math Lab and Writing Center are resources for students who may need more support while also providing guidance for accelerated students who would like to improve their math scores or work on an essay.
The Math Lab's mission is to provide math support to middle and upper school students by working with faculty and students to bring a deeper understanding of mathematical topics being studied in class.
In the upper school, students may receive assistance with homework assignments, missed lessons, or upcoming assessments, as well as seek help in improving foundational skills.
In the middle school, students, individually or in small groups, focus on foundational skills and improved math fluency. Students work with their math instructor with direct instruction on methods to improve performance and retention.
The Math Lab helps students to:
- Learn differentiated learning techniques
- Improve problem-solving, logic, and reasoning skills
- Strengthen basic skills and information
- Re-emphasize current class information
- Devleop better strategies for test taking
- Prepare more effectively for assessments
- Strategize for the ACT or SAT
Student services provided:
- In-class support in collaboration with teachers
- Individualized instruction
- Small group instruction
- ACT/SAT Math Preparation
- Assistance with learning material from absences
- Test preparation and review
The mission of the FRA Writing Center is to serve middle and upper school students and faculty by providing a supportive, collaborative environment focused on developing student writers. The Writing Center will engage students in conversations about the writing process and enhance the academic experience of all students by enabling them to write at a high level across the curriculum.
Upper School students can make an appointment by stopping by the ASPIRE room or emailing Mrs. Wisthoff. Middle School students are referred by the Middle School ASPIRE Coordinator or their teacher to work on specific writing assignments.
The Writing Center can help students to:
Figure out what to write
Understand writing assignments more clearly
Craft a thesis statement
Build stronger arguments
Organize a paper
Improve sentence structure
Learn effective use of sources and correct documentation
Improve critical reading and thinking skills
Become more aware of the types of writing that various disciplines require
Use language more effectively
Develop positive attitudes about writing and about themselves as writers
Student services provided:
Individual conferences during study hall or Jump Start to work on writing assignments
In-class support in collaboration with teachers
Assistance with research papers
Personalized feedback on college application and scholarship essays
Scholarship and writing contest information
ASPIRE Math Lab Coordinator
ASPIRE Writing Lab Coordinator