Students are encouraged to meet with teachers for extra help as needed. Faculty may also direct individual students to attend extra-help sessions. Teachers have individual guidelines about the times and places they are available for extra help both during and outside the academic day, so students are encouraged to keep a list of these times for each teacher. Students may also seek help in the evenings when their teachers are on duty.
Evening Study Hall
All boarding students participate in evening study hall on Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. From 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., all students are expected to study independently or study with teachers on duty. Some students are assigned to supervised evening study hall during this time period, including all new freshmen and new sophomores throughout the first quarter, and any students who need support in getting their work done satisfactorily. From 9 to 10 p.m., students are able to work independently, collaborate with their peers on group projects, study together for a test or quiz, or get extra help from their teachers. Students have access to the John B. Hawley Jr. Library, William Thayer Tutt Arts Center, the Learning Center, and music practice rooms during evening study hall.
Students in the Froelicher Society, Fountain Valley School’s academic honor society, offer tutoring in specific subjects to their peers. In addition, members of the Hispanic Honor Society can provide tutoring in Spanish.
When a student needs academic assistance beyond the resources available at the School in a particular subject, FVS can facilitate connections with recommended, outside professional tutoring. Once the School has put the student and tutor in touch, the parents and the tutor handle financial arrangements and scheduling. All tutors on our recommended list have passed background checks and are required to carry liability insurance.