Center for the Advancement of Learning

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  • A resource

    To facilitate education
At The Steward School, we believe that every child is unique and a valuable member of our community. With that belief comes a responsibility to meet each child where they are and empower them with the tools to flourish. The Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL) is committed to supporting students to develop their skills to prepare them to experience success in the classroom and in life. CAL serves as a resource to families with specific academic content needs as well as other school-related support through collaboration with the school counselor. 

CAL tutors are paired with students based on academic skills and learning styles. This partnership is a vital component of the student’s success as they provide encouragement and support. CAL tutors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in one-on-one instruction. They collaborate with teachers to use proven techniques to best serve students. CAL tutors coordinate with students and their families to schedule sessions during the school day or after school. The length of sessions and frequency can be adjusted to the needs of the student and the additional tutoring cost is billed through the school. 

In the Lower School, the sessions typically focus on foundational literacy skills, reading comprehension and fluency, and number sense. CAL also provides Lower School teachers with evidence-based intervention strategies to increase academic success. CAL recognizes the importance of Speech and Language and motor skill acquisition in literacy development and coordinates screenings each year. 

As students transition to Middle and Upper School, the tutors continue to be available to support them with content-specific material. Additionally, tutors work with students on developing skills to improve time management, studying, and test-taking. CAL staff work with students to strengthen their self-advocacy and self-confidence to bolster their overall academic progress. 

The Center for Advancement of Learning staff serve as a resource to families and partner with them to address their students' needs. Most importantly, CAL works to create a supportive learning environment for students to become lifelong learners. 

For additional information about student support and community resources from CAL, please contact Cal Director Yaa Akinfolajimi at

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  • Tutoring Services

    Students who need additional support can receive one-on-one tutoring during the school day to strengthen concepts taught in the classroom or to remediate deficits in the core areas of reading, writing, math, or a foreign language. Having Steward’s tutors on campus allows for additional ease of communication between the tutors and the teachers. In the Middle and Upper School, tutors have access to lesson plans that assist in guiding the sessions. The cost of tutoring is separate from tuition. For students needing financial assistance, the Robins Tutoring Scholarship Fund can be used to cover the costs. This fund allows students who need tutoring to receive help, regardless of financial limitations.
  • Support and Resources

    There are thousands of apps and websites that parents can choose to find educational and parenting resources. Common Sense Media is a website that reviews websites and mobile apps and can help when choosing age-appropriate and valuable resources.

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    Yaa Akinfolajimi 

    Director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning
  • Photo of Cheryl Lafferty

    Cheryl Lafferty 

    Division Assistant for CAL
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