We want to introduce you to the Academic Center at the High School. Although many of you may know about it already, we want to update and remind you of a few things about the Academic Center.
What is the Academic Center?
The Academic Center (AC) is a place where students can drop in for occasional academic assistance, set up a regular tutorial schedule in any subject, get help with an English paper, borrow a book, colored pencils (and any other materials), do research, use a laptop computer, work on projects, study with a group, study individually, and/or learn study skills. Tutoring in the Academic Center is free and voluntary. It is not common practice for students to be required to go to the Academic Center. However, at times we will ask students to report to the Academic Center during their free blocks and if they do not, we may in turn develop a plan of accountability for that student. This is something that is discussed in conjunction with the student’s counselor and administrator. The Academic Center staff can encourage students to utilize its services once a referral is made, however students are responsible for getting themselves there at their designated times or to drop in as needed.
Where is the Academic Center?
The Academic Center is located in the Media Center at Wayland High School.
What are the Hours of the Academic Center?
Monday, Tuesday 7:30-3:45
Wednesday, Thursday 7:30-4:00
Who can utilize the Academic Center?
Any student who attends WHS can utilize the services of the Academic Center.
Who can refer a student to the Academic Center?
A parent, a teacher, a school counselor, an administrator all can refer a student to the Academic Center, or students can refer themselves.
What help is available and who is available to help at the Academic Center?
The Academic Center is coordinated by one full time teacher, (Mr. Dumais), volunteer tutors (students and community volunteers), and National Honor Society tutors. In addition, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, academic teachers will be available at various times in the Academic Center and Library Media Center. Their role will be to provide additional academic support to all students.
Whether the student is in a college preparatory, honors, AP courses, or in an introductory level course, the Academic Center is here to assist all students. So please schedule some time to see us! Most students are tutored in a subject twice per eight day cycle, but the amount of time varies by student and/or subject, as well as the tutor availability. The AC is open for tutoring, studying and group work. Tutors will be available on a regular basis, or students can just drop in for occasional help or just to ask a question.
Also, if a student wants to be seen only a few times, he/she can talk to the AC director to set up a few sessions. Students can drop in and request help at any time and the AC staff will do their best to assist them. However, please remember that not every subject is covered by a tutor every block of the day. For example a Latin, Chemistry or Calculus tutor may not be available every block, every day. So it is most efficient that students set up specific times to get tutoring help if they are struggling in a particular subject.
We would also like to mention that if a student is scheduled to meet with a tutor, please do your best to remember to show up for the designated time(s). If tutoring times are missed repeatedly, students will be dropped from the schedule. We ask you to remember and respect that most of our tutors are students also, and they have their own academic responsibilities. We also understand that sometimes conflicts will arise (field trips, labs, make-up tests, etc.); we would ask that you keep us apprised of any changes in schedules. At the same time, if you feel there is a communication problem or concern with a tutor, please talk with the AC staff immediately so the issues can be addressed, rather than just not showing up for the scheduled tutoring time.
What else does the Academic Center offer?
In addition to the Academic Center tutoring services, students can access the following supplies there: textbooks, graph paper, lined paper, construction paper, poster paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, magic markers, glue, glue sticks, tape, scissors, staplers, hole punchers, pencil sharpeners, folders, index cards, rulers, compasses, protractors, headsets, wireless laptop computers, dictionaries (English and foreign languages), reference books, and SAT & AP practice tests. In other words, there are no excuses not to study, do your homework, write a paper or finish a project. Don't be afraid to call! The AC is there to help.
In addition to direct services to students, the Academic Center from time to time sponsors special evening programs. Details will be posted on the Academic Center web page, in the parent e-news and WHSPO news, and announced and/or posted around school prior to those occurring.
Please also remember that although the Academic Center is a wonderful place for a student to receive support, a student’s academic teacher is available for help and they are truly the first line of defense!
And last but not least…
The Academic Center is always looking for volunteers to tutor from the community, so if you have time and the skill, please contact Christopher Dumais at
Thank you and have a great summer!
Christopher Dumais Marybeth Sacramone
Academic Center Coordinator Guidance Department Coordinator