Hun School of Princeton Resident Coaching Supports Boarders Academically
Whether studying for a physics exam or looking to perfect a paper for English class, Hun boarders have teacher support on weekday evenings. Dorm parents are available informally, but there are also a team of teachers who participate in a program called Resident Coaching.
Resident Coaching provides one-on-one academic assistance from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Teachers with expertise in various subjects, including biology, physics, algebra, English, history, and writing, are available on different nights of the week. Boarders can make an appointment or simply walk in for help. There is no charge for the service.
“The program provides even more opportunities for our students to get help when they need it, which is often in the evenings when they are doing homework,” said Director of Resident Life Jonathan Stone. “We make sure that boarding students have the academic and emotional support that they would have at home, with the added expertise of a teacher.”
The program began in the early 2000s with a donation by the family of Daniel Berkowitz
’04, to ensure that boarders had the same after-hours study support that day students had at home with their parents. The program is now part of the academic budget, ensuring that boarding students have an adult to give them feedback on an essay, quiz them for a test, or review concepts from class as needed.
Boarder Ariel Gold ’20 makes frequent use of the program.
“Physics is my most challenging subject, so it’s great to have study sessions with Ms. Johnson,” said Ariel, who meets weekly with physics teacher Auriana Johnson.
The evening program is in addition to Hun’s daily extra-help period, a half-hour designated each school day when teachers are in their classrooms for drop-in assistance. In addition, every student has an advisor that they meet with each week for a group advisory period. These programs combine with a mandatory two-hour study hall each night for boarders, during which they must be studying in their rooms, the library, or the Wilf Family Global Commons. Together, these offer students a framework for success.
“One of the great things about Hun is the support systems we have in place for students to help them achieve their goals,” said Mr. Stone.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.