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Learning and Wellness Support Services

Curiosity, Creativity, and Contribution

Stuart Hall is committed to an inclusive community championing individual strengths for ALL to thrive in an ever changing world.  Rooted in our Stuart Hall Graduate Goals, the Office of Learning Support and Well-Being is proud to provide a comprehensive and student focused approach to promote academic success alongside purposeful and engaging student well-being.  Stuart Hall students graduate proficiently equipped in the essential academic, cognitive, social, emotional and organizational skills that transfer to success in all stages of life.

The Office of Learning Support and Well-Being serves as liaison between the student, school, families and other key stakeholders to provide exceptional support and ensure each student’s holistic needs are met during their Stuart Hall experience. Staff members for the Office of Learning Support and Well-Being include a director, a learning support specialist, a school counselor, and a school nurse.

COre: The Stuart Hall Experience

Academic Core

Stuart Hall’s Mastery Learning philosophy embodies high quality instructional practices as our students are taught the essential skills necessary to lead rich lives of academic curiosity and exploration. In addition, we integrate real-world authentic learning experiences through the Staunton is Our Campus initiative and our Co-Curricular programming. The Office of Learning Support and Well-Being works with faculty in and out of the classroom to promote student centric instruction and to support faculty as they assess and refine their instruction in service of progress. Students learn study techniques and integrate them into the classroom on a daily basis so they are fully prepared for the rigors of college academics.   

Academic Core Supports 

  • Mastery Learning Framework 
  • Standards-Based Learning and Grading
  • Stuart Hall Graduate Goals
  • Staunton Is Our Campus Initiative
  • Co-Curriculars
  • Advisory 
  • Project/Problem Based Learning 

Well-Being Core

Stuart Hall’s Well-Being Graduate Goal highlights the importance of lifelong wellness in a physical, emotional, mental, and functional sense. Stuart Hall recognizes the well-being challenges faced by students today and seeks to create a supportive environment built on connectedness. The student experience is rich with opportunities to explore and develop their own well-being through robust and exclusive programming and support. In addition, the Office of Learning Support and Well-Being is available during the academic day to provide support to students in real time.    

Well-Being Core Supports 

  • Spiritual Life Program
  • Pastoral Notes
  • Clubs and Activities
  • Athletics
  • Wellness Center
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Staunton is Our Campus Initiative
  • Co-Curricular Opportunities
  • Advisory 
  • Mindfulness Matters 

Enhanced Support Program

The Enhanced Support Program is distinctly tailored and personalized to serve students with learning differences, documented needs and diagnoses such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, executive function weaknesses, processing speed and working memory deficits, select autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety, OCD, and depression, and a range of other learning differences and mental health needs. 

Applications for the Enhanced Support program are thoroughly reviewed by the Director of Learning Support and Well-Being in conjunction with other pertinent partners in the Stuart Hall community and within the applicant’s support system. 
For more information please contact Clare Burke, Director of the Office of Learning Support and Well-Being, at OR 540-213-4666.

Wellness Resources

Parents and guardians often ask for suggestions for mental health services for their students. The School is happy to provide the following list of providers in the area, not as any endorsement of any of them, but as an easily accessible resource for parents and guardians.

Regional Qualified Mental Health Therapists

Elk Hill 
1975 Elk Hill Road, Goochland, VA 23063

Valley Community Services Board
85 Sangers Lane, Staunton, VA 24401

Augusta Psychological Associates
71 Wilson Blvd, Fishersville, VA

Empowered Insight Counseling LLC 
Telehealth Services in Virginia

Heller Murphy and Pineo Counseling
322 Lee Highway, Verona, VA 24482

Shenandoah Art Therapy
1835 Rosser Ave, Suite 2, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Valley Pastoral Counseling Center
300 Chestnut Ave. Waynesboro, VA 22980

Other Resources

Youth Crisis Hotlines

Toll-free national hotlines


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