Building Supports

General Education Supports

Mamaroneck High School has a number of programs and supports in place to support students who may be experiencing academic, social, or emotional difficulties.

If you feel your student needs greater assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s guidance counselor to discuss how these and other supports can help your student grow and achieve.

Small Group Tutorial (SGT)

In this program, up to five students meet once per week with a teacher for assistance in a particular subject during the school day. SGT is meant to service a content-specific academic need. For example, students in need of further math support will be in SGT with a math teacher, while students requiring assistance in social studies meet with a social studies teacher. Students may enroll in more than one SGT as needed. When possible, students are matched with their classroom teacher for SGT, but can be matched with other teachers in a specific department as the schedule permits.

Mentor Group Tutorial (MGT)

The MGT program is intended for 9th grade students in need of transitional support in learning organizational and social-emotional skills. Like SGT, the MGT program meets once per week during the academic day in groups no larger than five. During this period, students meet with both a teacher and a trained upperclassman Peer Mentor to work through pertinent issues. The goal of the program is to provide a safe place for students to feel known and respected by both a peer and adult mentor. To that end, each week students will work through a discussion/reflection exercise in the Advisory book. Students may also meet with their Peer Mentor as needed afterschool in the library for homework assistance.

JumpStart

The JumpStart program provides a targeted cohort of students with a supportive community throughout their four years of high school. The program begins with a two-week summer session that exposes students to the concepts and skills necessary for academic success and social integration at the school. Students and staff also begin the process of building community through participating in team activities. Throughout the school year, students meet regularly afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays for target academic support provided by faculty members. We build background knowledge through direct experiences including participating in trips and hosting guest speakers. Cohort members are initially identified in Middle School, but other students are often invited to join the program during the year by faculty and students.

NHS Peer Tutoring

Students in need of targeted academic assistance in a particular assignment may be assigned to a member of the National Honor Society for weekly tutoring. Arranged with the help of a student’s guidance counselor, NHS tutoring is scheduled during a student’s lunch, free period, or a specific day after school. Tutoring typically takes place in the MHS library and the Tigers Learning Lounge. The NHS faculty advisor coordinates the tutors and monitors the program.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT for adolescents is an effective treatment for people who have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors. It addresses the relationship between the individual and his/her environment. In a school setting, students receiving DBT treatment will learn how to regulate their emotions and develop more adaptive coping skills/strategies.

DBT within a school setting is unique in that it provides an opportunity for multi-problem adolescents to receive an evidence based treatment at no cost and within their daily routine. Group members also receive weekly individual therapy. The clinicians (school social workers and psychologists) are available during the school day for coaching to reinforce the use of skills being taught.

Tiger’s Den and Mindfulness Groups

The Tiger’s Den is a safe haven for students to hang out, connect with current and new friends and see the faculty in a totally different light. It is a place in the high school to play a game of ping pong and reduce their level of stress during the school day. Board games including chess and checkers are also available to students to help relieve stress during the school day. The den will not only be a recreational setting it is an educational resource center where people can connect and learn about living a healthier lifestyle. The Den will be supervised by social workers, health teachers and guidance counselors at all times. Students must have a “free” period in order to attend the Tiger’s Den and attendance is taken.

Examples of activities that take place in the Tiger’s Den include:

  • Time management workshops
  • Mindful eating workshops
  • Relaxation and meditation groups
  • 9th grade weekly freshmen Advocacy groups
  • Leadership Trainings for students
  • Inner Resilience Parent Trainings (taught in English and Spanish)
  • Professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (Learn at Lunches)
  • Stress reduction workshops for parents and students
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