Student Support Services
Student Support Services provides academic, social and emotional support for students throughout the three divisions, with two Instruction Learning Specialists and a School Counselor who work in close collaboration with faculty members and administrators.
At the Chase Learning Centers, computers, text books, and supplies are available to help students to develop independent learning strategies. Students may access multiple resources (test boards, study guides, portals, etc.) to determine what they need to study including and beyond their daily homework. Students with Action Plans work with the Learning Specialist as needed to better understand their significant, specific strengths and weaknesses and which study techniques work best for them.
Mrs. Dierdre McGuire - Lower School Specialist
Ms. Susan Cole Ross - Middle School and Upper School Specialist
The School Counselor is available to any member of the School community for short-term counseling, family consultation, or crisis intervention. Upon referral, the Counselor will meet initially in confidence with the student (and if appropriate, teachers and parents) to assess the situation. Following this initial assessment, recommendations are made which may include referrals for outside evaluation, testing or counseling. Students needing ongoing therapy are required to seek this service outside of the School.
Dr. Haracopos also teaches Adolescent Psychology and the Freshman Transition course in the Upper School. We encourage students and families to contact us with questions Dr. Gus Haracopos
Referrals for possible learning or emotional issues may be generated by students, parents, teachers, or administrators. All educational and psychological evaluations are outsourced and the parent initiates this process with guidance from the School Counselor, the Learning Specialist, and the Division Head. Testing may be pursued privately or through the City of Waterbury's PPT process. Upon completion of the evaluation, the recommendations are reviewed and Action Plans may be implemented as considered reasonable and possible within the context of the School's curriculum.