Support Services

Support Services – Goals & Approach

Our Support Services department consists of two academic areas:

Learning Strategies:

The Learning Strategies team works to support students with learning differences and to help make them more successful in their current coursework.  This course is collaborative between teachers, students, and parents.  All work together to develop and individualized plan for the student that will lead him to academic success.

Students in Learning Strategies are provided with extra time to take tests at the Academy, and are also eligible to apply for extra time on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams.

Learning strategies emphasize the following study skills:

  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Homework strategies
  • Active reading
  • Study skills
  • Note taking
  • Test taking
  • Test anxiety
  • Self-advocacy
  • Goal setting
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Memorizing
  • Listening skills
  • Active participation

Academic Approach:

Learning Strategies teacher provide support directly to students to assist them with their current coursework.  Lessons and activities in the classroom are centered around study skills.  Each week, students work with teachers to review grades and to set goals.

Outside of the classroom, the Learning Strategies team creates and implements School Accommodation Plans for each student.  These plans are shared with classroom teachers and Department Chairs to evaluate teaching strategies.


The English learner program at the Army and Navy Academy ensures that each English learner student develops linguistically, academically and socially in a culturally enriching and supportive environment.

An introduction to American Culture and traditions with emphasis on culturally appropriate communication skills is also a key learning outcome for our English learners. This is done through a research-based language acquisition program, dedicated teaching staff, and close collaboration with the core content instructors.

Academic Approach:

English learners focus on developing advanced reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the English language, as well as introducing students to the academic vocabulary that they will need for success in the core content classes.

Every course prepares the English learner with ESL textbooks and technology based lessons with differentiated instruction that meet the needs of every student in the program.

Support Services Curriculum:

ESL (English as a Second Language) – 7th or 8th Grade

ESL (English as a Second Language) – 7th or 8th grade- Full Year
ESL (English as a Second Language) will provide intensive language acquisition training as well as both oral and auditory training in English and serves as a transitional link for limited English proficiency cadets. The study of vocabulary and essential English conventions will be emphasized. Cadets will practice writing skills in their newly acquired language.

ESL (English as a Second Language) 9th through 12th Grade

ESL (English as a Second Language) – 9th through 12th grades-UC Approved Course-Full Year
This literature based course is designed to develop students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the English Language. Emphasis is placed on the active reading strategies, study skills, and academic language functions needed to access the English Language Arts Standards and the content curriculum. This class is designed to facilitate the transition into mainstream English. One unit of an ESL course may be taken which satisfies a cadet’s English curricular requirement. ESL courses may also be taken within a cadet’s course of study to better support his learning.
ESL Advanced Grammar for Non-Native English Speakers (Semester 1)-9th through 12th grades
Currently Under Review for UC Course Approval-One Semester
Advanced Grammar for non-native English speakers is designed to facilitate students in making the transition into English for academic purposes. The course introduces advanced grammar conventions for non-native speakers and emphasizes standard usage. Topics include: Parts of speech, clauses, verb forms and tenses, pronoun case and sentence type.
ESL Advanced Writing for Non-Native Speakers – 9th through 12th grades
Currently Under Review for UC Course Approval-One Semester
Advanced Writing for non-native English speakers is designed to facilitate students in making the transition into academic writing in English. Students will explore the writing process and will focus on the English language mechanics and usage skills necessary for effective written communication.