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Academic Support

For more than three decades, Kents Hill has refined and honed its expertise in nurturing diverse learning profiles. Our academic program balances unwavering support with a challenging learning environment, with the Akin Learning Center going further to provide students with structured, highly personalized guidance and support. 
 
The Learning Skills Program offers three levels of support that balance academic tutoring with individualized instruction to build advocacy, awareness, confidence, and resilience.
 
Learning Specialists partner with students every step of the way and ensure that they are prepared to tackle exceptional colleges and universities - and beyond - with confidence. 

Level 1

  • Two-on-one support.
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with a Learning Specialist during the academic day.
  • Individualized learning plan focused on strengths, opportunities, and reflection.
  • Open-door support during flex time, free periods, and evenings.

Level 3

  • Weekly meeting with a Learning Specialist.
  • Individualized learning plan focused on strengths, opportunities, and reflection.
  • Open-door support during flex time, free periods, and evenings.

Level 2

  • Small group support (fewer than 4 students).
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with a Learning Specialist during the academic day. 
  • Individualized learning plan focused on strengths, opportunities, and reflection.
  • Open-door support during flex time, free periods, and evenings.

English Language Support 

We offer English Language Support in one-on-one work sessions as well as small group settings. Some students will be required to participate in the ELS program based on their English assessment scores. This ensures that students with English as their second language find success in the classroom. 

Program Core Components

Meet our Learning Specialists

Erica Chute

Erica Chute

Dean of Community Life
Karina Escajeda

Karina Escajeda

ESL Support Teacher
Mary Keeley

Mary Keeley

Instructional Coach; Akin Learning Center Teacher
Chris McInerney

Chris McInerney

Learning Center Teacher
Karl Schroeder

Karl Schroeder

Learning Center Teacher, Boys Varsity Soccer Head Coach
Bailey Smith

Bailey Smith

Learning Center Teacher
Maureen Whitestone

Maureen Whitestone

Director of Student Learning Support; Social Studies Teacher

Akin Learning Center Partnerships

National Association of Learning Specialists Member
CHADD Member
Learning Disabilities Association of America Member