|The Seton Hall Prep Guidance Department believes that the education of our students is a joint responsibility—one we share with the parents and the school community. Mutual cooperation is beneficial to the education of all our students.|
|Channels of Communication|
One of the most important elements of that cooperation is a strong program of communication between home and school, one that is effective, is ongoing, and encouraging of parents’ involvement in their sons’ education. To keep parents aware of their sons’ progress at Seton Hall Prep, we have established various channels of communication.
As a student’s first teacher, a parent may be aware of special needs, problems, abilities and talents that the student possesses; knowledge of this information this information is important for his academic success.
The Parent Handbook has the phone numbers of all appropriate offices and personnel. Even though the handbook contains a school calendar, a calendar is sent home each month with all the important dates for that month. Academic Reports are mailed out six times during the school year—at the half-way point of each trimester and at the end of each trimester. Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year, and a Freshman Parent Back-to-School-Night is held in late September so parents and teachers can put names and faces together.
If parents have a concern regarding their son, the first contact should be with his guidance counselor. Every effort should be made to have the student address the situation with his counselor. Counselors should be viewed as the source of student-related information and the primary channel for communication. While it is often human nature to seek out the highest authority to solve one’s problem, the simplest and most direct way is to start with the guidance counselor. Please keep in mind that parental requests and expectations must be kept in balance with the needs of all the students in a classroom.
If a parent desires a conference with a teacher, call the student’s counselor. He will forward a message to that teacher, and that teacher will call to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet, usually in the guidance conference room.
Very often the phone call or e-mail communication can substitute for a face-to-face meeting, especially if the issue is not a very serious one. Please do not arrive at school without an appointment and expect to receive the same courtesies accorded to someone who had arranged for a meeting.
|Students and their Learning|
Seton Hall Prep students should take responsibility for independent learning. Students are expected to do homework every weekday night. While the amount of time may differ with each student,...
we encourage each student to spend a minimum of twenty minutes per subject per night. Studying what was done in class that day might constitute homework in some classes. There is no time during the school day when a student would be able to get all of his homework done. Bus or train travel is not conducive to studying.
We encourage every student to get phone numbers from other students in their classes. When a student is absent for one or two days, he should call classmates for missed assignments. If the illness calls for a lengthier absence, call the counselor and he will get missed assignments from each teacher. We encourage parents to e-mail teachers for assignments and to check the website www.setonhallprep.groupfusion.net [ until September 2009 ] for class activities and to keep abreast of what’s going on in each class. Home instruction is also available in cases of long-term illnesses.
|Learning Assistance Program|
A central part of the implementation of Seton Hall Prep’s mission is a demanding college-preparatory curriculum that is required of all students. Seton Hall does offer limited services to assist highly motivated students with mild learning problems to meet the demands of this curriculum...
While we are concerned to provide assistance to each accepted student to meet these demands, our services are not designed to provide a Learning Resource Program nor do they consist of any modifications from the normal demands and expectations of the school’s curriculum.
Parents of students who have been classified and have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) should be aware of this in choosing to attend a non-public school. While the parent may choose to continue to work through the local school district to monitor the IEP of a student with a classified learning disability, they should be aware that they are investigating the choice of or have chosen a private school in which not all the contents of an IEP will be met.
The Learning Assistance Program at Seton Hall Preparatory School is a part of the Guidance Department, which offers a series of programs to provide both personal and academic support for all students. This specific program is designed to provide support, within the limits of the resources at Seton Hall Prep, to those students who have been professionally diagnosed as having a learning disability. To provide such support properly, this program is limited to those students who have current documentation of such a learning disability.
Any family considering an application to Seton Hall Prep for the fall should contact the program’s director, Mr. Anthony Canella, at 973.325.6397, so that he can review all of the student’s latest evaluation materials and assess whether The Prep is a good match for him.
Counselors and their Students