Academic Supports

Carmel Valley Middle School Academic Support ProgramsTop of Page

The following list outlines a number of programs designed to assist CVMS students and encourage optimal academic achievement and middle school success. Most programs are open to ALL students on a drop-in basis. SOME programs are by invitation due to specific academic intervention needs and space limitations.
*Programs marked with an asterisk are open to all students. ALL support programs are free and specific schedules may be found on the CVMS web site. Additionally, please note that most teachers are available to provide "sporadic" extra assistance on an appointment basis. The best way to contact your student’s teacher is via e-mail.

* Academic Power Hour (APH) Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:05-4:00Top of Page

APH provides individual or small group assistance. It is also designed for students just interested in completing homework, studying for exams/quizzes, etc. The academic power hour is held in the Media Center. Tutors from Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy (many who are CVMS alumni) are available to help.

*Bobcat ConnectionsTop of Page

Students are provided with organizational support and study skills, mini- lessons designed specifically for the mid-level student. Students are taught effective ways to use the CVMS agenda book. Notebooks and backpacks can be organized. Contact your student’s counselor for information.

*College Readiness (CR) ElectiveTop of Page

This is offered in grades 7-8. The program designed to help students prepare for and succeed in high school, college and the university setting. Students commit themselves to improvement, goal setting and preparation for college. CR offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic "survival skills" and college level entry skills. The program teaches students how to study, read for content, take notes, write well and manage time. Students participate in collaborative study groups or tutorials led by tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding.

*Homework-Intervention-Reteach-Enrichment (H.I.R.E.)Top of Page

HIRE allows teachers and students to address individual academic needs at each teachers’ designated time during block period.

Study SkillsTop of Page

The study skills class is taught by the intervention coordinator in a small instructional environment. The curriculum of the study skills class focuses on developing organization skills, teaching test preparation strategies, helping students understand how they learn, and working on individual goals as determined by the intervention coordinator and the students’ teachers.

Prerequisites: Students are identified by their teachers as needing additional academic support. Students work with the intervention coordinator and/or another support program for several weeks and are only enrolled if sufficient progress is not made. Placement into the course is subject to the recommendation of the SST team.