To help our students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally, Branson provides many kinds of support for students.
Each class dean oversees the academic, social, and emotional health of the students in a particular grade. Working in collaboration with the teachers, advisors, school counselor, and academic dean, the class dean will coordinate plans when a student needs additional support.
Each student has a faculty advisor who seeks to know the student and to provide guidance in all areas of school life. Students stay with their advisors for all four years and meet weekly with their advisor group. The advisor is available to each student to discuss concerns and to act as the student's advocate. The advisors work closely with each class dean to coordinate class events and to monitor the academic and social progress of the students.
Each advisor group develops its own personality and dynamic. The advisor time on Friday mornings is meant to create a different experience than in the classroom. Many groups have “downtime” and will play games, listen to music and enjoy snacks. Advising time is also used for discussing school wide issues, wellness topics, and upcoming events and announcements.
The front line of academic support is the classroom teacher. Our schedule includes weekly tutorial periods and long lunch periods that provide time for students and teachers to meet for small-group or individual consultations. If a student needs additional academic support, the teacher and class dean will coordinate with the student and family to find appropriate solutions that may include formal weekly check-ins with teachers or the dean, tutor recommendations, referral to the Rand Learning Center, or a recommendation to pursue testing to screen for learning differences. Our goal is to help each student achieve to the best of his or her abilities in a rigorous academic program.
Rand Learning Center
The Rand Learning Center was opened in May of 1994 with the help of an endowment from the Eber Family in memory of the late Allen Rand, a family member who had struggled in school for years with a learning disability. The Rand Center's main mission is to support Branson students with documented learning differences.
Rand Center services include coaching on effective study and organizational skills, regular check-ins with a member of the Rand Center support team, extended time for assessments, and formal applications to the College Board and ACT for accommodations on standardized tests.
The Rand Center program is based on the notion that all students can be academically successful if provided with an environment that supports their individual learning styles and accommodates their individual learning needs.