Billings strives to foster the growth, independence, creativity, and maturity of our students. We believe that all middle school students need support at one time or another — whether academic, social, emotional, physical, or a combination of these. Over three years at Billings, a primary task of the middle schooler is to understand and learn to apply one's own learning profile.
Support at Billings begins with our understanding of individual students. In addition to the classroom expertise of our teachers, Billings has a variety of tools we use to meet student needs. These include student advisory groups, study skills classes, partnerships with outside learning professionals, and one-on-one tutoring at The Learning Center (TLC).
At Billings, every teacher gets to know each student on an individual basis, and in no place more powerfully than in the Advisory program. When from time to time a student requires support beyond the classroom, their Advisor may initiate a conversation through our Student Referral System. Depending upon the situation, a plan will be developed that might include any of the following:
- A classroom intervention involving modification of instructional approach
- TLC tutoring
- Parent support through TLC and advising team
- Outside learning support
- Professional assessment and/or testing
The Learning Center
The Learning Center at Billings (TLC) is directed by Greg Smith, an experienced tutor and educator. Greg and his staff facilitate learning support for Billings students and provide tutoring sessions before, during, and after school.
One-on-one support is provided by either professionals from outside tutoring services or faculty members. Billings has a standing relationship with many of the city's top tutors. This relationship provides us with the ability to best match their expertise with a student's needs and greatly increases the quality of communication between the tutor and the school and family.