Learning Coach/Mentor

For high school students the mentors play an important supportive role to help the students stay on task, but the students are expected to manage their time and academic schedules more directly. Although there is room for flexibility, high school students are expected to move at a consistent pace in each subject and should plan to spend at least one hour per day working on each course.

At the high school level, students will have several teachers, all of whom are well prepared in their subject fields. For example, high school students will have an English teacher, a math teacher, a science teacher, etc. High school teachers grade assignments, review assessments, respond to student questions, conduct online sessions, offer online office hours, and provide tutorial help. With MVA teachers at the helm, parents don’t need to worry about having expertise in high school subjects.

A Little About Parent, Student, and Learning Coach/Mentor Communications

Communication between parents, learning coaches/mentors, and teachers is vital. Teachers are parents’ first point of contact when questions arise about the curriculum or a student’s progress. Opportunities for communication include:

  • Regular phone conferences between the parents, learning coaches/mentors, and the teachers.
  • Regular communication between the teachers and the students. Teachers might ask students to read a selection, discuss work samples, explain a math problem, make predictions, analyze data, or discuss cause & effect in historical events. Parents and learning coaches/mentors are welcome to listen in on these exchanges.
  • Regular teacher office hours.