Academic Support Services

College & Academic Counselors (CACs)

Collaborate in the development and delivery of college application materials, financial aid, college admission testing, as well as all course selection and scheduling processes, academic counseling and intervention programs. CACs also serve on a support team with other academic, residential, and student life members.

Room Number: A102


Academic Support Services

Amy Keck
Learning Strategies Coordinator
Room Number: A109
630-907-5971 | akeck@imsa.edu

Academic support for students by overseeing individual and group interventions.

  • Serve as Academic Manager on behalf of sophomores
  • Teach students strategies to succeed academically one-on-one and in group settings
  • Meet weekly with a select group of students who are at-risk, struggling, or as noted in Education Plans
  • Assist students in the transition to a profoundly different learning environment
  • Collaborate with CAC’s, Counselors, Staff and Faculty to support students with their academics
  • Manage peer tutor program with Area Coordinator
  • Lead weekly Strategies Meeting with team creating support plan for identified students

I Day AM Study Hall

Mandated study hall from 9am-11am on I Days for students identified as struggling academically by their case manager, CAC or strategies team member. Attendance is taken and recorded in PowerSchool. Unexcused absences to the study hall will result in suspension of residential privileges. During the 2 hour study time, students will meet individually with the Learning Strategies Coordinator to review academic status and create an academic action plan. Additionally, the Math Instructional Program Aid is available to provide with math support.

Room Number: A152/A154

Evening Study

Mandated study hall from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday in the IRC, for students identified as struggling academically by their case manager, CAC or strategies team member. Attendance is taken and recorded in PowerSchool. Unexcused absences to Evening Study will result in suspension of residential privileges. Peer Tutors are available to work with students during Evening Study. An IMSA employee supervises Evening Study.

Room Number: Library – Informational Resource Center (IRC)

Writing Center Peer Tutors

Students who have been recommended by faculty to provide assistance with writing assignments. Peer Tutors from the Writing Center are available in the Writing Center, A109 during the week and in the residence halls during evening hours. Visit the Writing Center in A109 to meet with a Writing Center Tutor or ask your RC for a list of Residence Hall Writing Center Tutors during evening hours.

Schedule: A, B, C, D Days 9:30 am – 4:45 pm, I Day 11:00 am – 4:45 pm

Resident Hall Tutors

IMSA students who have been approved by subject specific faculty and staff to assist students with coursework. See your RC for more information.

Day Tutors/IRC Tutors

IMSA students who have been approved by subject specific faculty and staff to assist peers with coursework. Tutors are available during the day in the IRC, IN2 and Math Department as well as the IRC from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Location: IN2, IRC & Math Department


Education Plans

Support plan created for identified students needing additional assistance in and/or outside of the classroom. Refer to the Student Handbook for more information.
Dr. Linda Hefferin, Academic Support Specialist
Room Number: A111B

630-907-5677 | lhefferin@imsa.edu


The Writing Center

  • Coordinate the Writing Center, including selecting, training and supervising Writing Center tutors
  • Works individually with students, assessing writing abilities and needs
  • Meet with students on an on-going or walk-in basis
Erin Micklo, Writing Center Director & Writing Specialist
Room Number: A109 

630-907-5489emicklo@imsa.eduWriting Center Peer Tutors


Faculty

Faculty hours and offices vary per individual. Please reach out to specific faculty to schedule a time to meet. Support from faculty in a specific class is not inclusive to only the instructor teaching the class. Students are welcome and encouraged to seek support from other faculty in the department, as well.

Grade Calculation

Students should refer to the class syllabus regarding point value of the various assessments, including but not limited to homework, exams, quizzes, and essays. Teachers determine grades by total points or weighted categories.


Mathematics

Set support given to students on I Days with Mathematics/Computer Science Faculty.
Christine Loos, Instructional Program Aide
Room Number: A157

630-907-5486cloos@imsa.edu

Instructional Program Aide Tutor

Provides support for students in Geometry, MI I/II, MI II, MI III, MI IV and AB Calculus.

Schedule: Monday & Tuesday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

I Day Study Session Times and Locations for Math
Class Time Location Problem Set Due Date
MI 1/2 12 – 1pm A151 Tuesday/Friday
MI2 3 – 4pm Math Study Area Tuesday
MI3 2 – 3pm A152 PS-Fri, Web Work – Mon
MI4 1 – 2pm A152 Tuesday

Computer Science

Set support given to students on I Days with Computer Science Faculty.
I Day Study Session Times and Locations for Computer Science
Class Time Location
CSI 1 – 2pm A133
OOP 2 – 3pm A133

Science

Set support given to students on I Days with Science Faculty.

Course
Review Time
Room or Teacher Office
SI BIO
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm B156
SI CHEM
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm B110
SI PHYSICS
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm B116

Residence Counselors (RCs)

Residential support and resource for students.

  • Assist staff with monitoring students’ academic success
  • Communicate student referrals to staff, faculty and administrators as needed
  • Serve as a liaison to staff in the academic building on behalf of students
1501 Luis Villafuerte
1502 Robyn Norton
1503 Freddy-May AbiSamra
1504 Ethan Castro
1505 Ben Lepak
1506 Pooja Haney
1507 Dane Christianson
Supervisor Erin Ryan

Peer Tutor Liaisons

RC’s who manage peer tutors within each hall. Students should first seek out their RC for the schedule and availability of resident hall peer tutors. If additional support is needed, students should meet with the Peer Tutor Liaison in their building.


Academy Advocate

Assigned IMSA faculty or staff to offer additional support for identified students to succeed academically and emotionally. Advocates can be assigned to any student anytime throughout the school year.

Contact Dr. Anita White at awhite@imsa.edu or Dr. Linda Hefferin at lhefferin@imsa.edu for more information.


Counseling Services

The focus of the counselors is to address the psychological and social needs of our students within the context of research and experience from the field of gifted education. We are committed to the students’ personal, social, and intellectual growth, as well as their adjustment to and engagement with the IMSA community. Students are assisted with identifying and working through personal barriers, normal developmental issues, and stressors, and clinical problems, which could impede academic success.

Location: Student Life Office, C125

Kevin Kusy, MA, LCPC

630-907-5988kkusy@imsa.edu

Takeisha Rheams, LCPC

630-907-5070 | trheams@imsa.edu


Library – Information Resource Center (IRC)

Research, Citing, Sources & Technology Support
630-907-5920 | irc@imsa.edu


Health Services / Nurse

The IMSA Student Health Care Services Office provides health assessment and treatment for illness/injury, first aid, health counseling, administration of medication as prescribed by a physician, and other appropriate therapeutic interventions.

Room Number: C117 | Monday-Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm | 630-907-5008


PROMISE and Excel Programs

  • Serve as Advocate on behalf students
  • Teach students strategies to succeed in leadership roles one-on-one and in group settings
  • Manage PROMISE and Excel programs
  • Select, hire and supervise Excel and PROMISE tutors
  • Collaborate with CAC’s, Counselors, Staff and Faculty to support students with their academics
  • Attend weekly Strategies Meeting with team creating support plan for identified students
  • Teach Science Elective courses
Room Number: E100
Dr. Anita White, Director of PROMISE and Excel Programs
630-907-5949 | awhite@imsa.edu