Upper School | 9–12

Academic Resources

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Writing Center

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  • About Our Writing Center

    What types of writers can benefit from sharing their writing with others? All of them. We often think of published writers sitting down, already knowing what they want to say, brilliant thoughts and witty phrases flowing out of their pens (or keyboards). But every single “Acknowledgements” page reminds us that this is a false image. They thank editors, friends, teachers, and colleagues, waxing eloquent about how their book wouldn’t have been possible apart from the team that supported them. 
    Writers write with others. The Spartan Writing Center is committed to supplying a space and providing services to enable students to improve as writers. Our goal is not perfect papers, but growing writers. We believe that writers progress by writing and by learning to talk about their writing and their writing process.  
    Located in Room 7 of the Upper School, the Writing Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m for help with brainstorming, organizing, executing, or editing their assignments. The Center is staffed by junior and senior students (whom we call Writing Fellows) who have been trained in peer tutoring and were nominated by faculty members.
    We encourage students to visit the Writing Center for assignments in all disciplines, including those assigned in STEM subjects. Our Writing Fellows have written their own biology lab reports, and history research papers, and English creative writing assignments through their years at Webb, so they are uniquely positioned to encourage and guide underclassmen as they tackle these sorts of assignments. We also assist many juniors and seniors as they compose their personal essay for college applications.
    Spartan Writing Center Services
    • Peer readers and listeners
    • Individual appointments throughout the day and after school
    • Specific feedback on organization, grammar, and cohesion
    • Resources from established writing organizations, including the Purdue Online Writing Lab
    • Assistance with avoiding plagiarism and understanding proper citation
    The Writing Center hosts workshops throughout the year to coach students on writing in academic and non-academic settings. Topics include: resumé writing; the difference between MLA, APA, and Chicago citation; and composing thesis statements. 
    To make an appointment, email Walk-ins are welcome at any time.
    The Spartan Writing Center is led by Rachel Pope, a member of the English department. 

Writing Center Staff

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Learning Center

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  • About Our Learning Center

    Our Upper School Learning Center is available for individual and small group study
    throughout the day. The Center also serves as a low-stress space for completing assignments and tests. Three desktop computers and a printer are available for student use.

    "In our Learning Center," explains director Deb Hotchkiss, "I’m able to help students better understand their learning styles, strengths, and challenges, as well as address their organizational skills, completion of assignments, understanding of and memory for lectures and text, and successful test taking. I frequently assist students with the development of interactive reading skills, reading fluency, and successful note taking."

    For Upper School students who have academic/testing accommodations through an
    Individualized Learning Plan, the following accommodations are available: testing in a quiet setting, testing with extended time, and/or oral testing.

    While many of our students begin their high school years with a need for substantial
    assistance with organizational and study skills, the goal at the Center is for them to develop increased self esteem, self-advocacy, and academic success as they reach their junior and senior years, and beyond.

Learning Center Staff

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Central Library

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  • About Our Central Library

    Located in the Central Building, the Central Library serves middle and upper school students and the faculty and staff of Webb School. The library supports the philosophy and educational goals of Webb School to fully nurture the potential of each individual and prepare students to serve as leaders in tomorrow’s world by focusing on information literacy, diverse collections, and curricular support and collaboration. Through the Central Library, students have access to over 20,000 books, ebooks, and DVDs and over 60 online databases of journal articles, newspapers, magazines, images, videos, and audiobook streaming content.

    The library is open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and offers space for individual and group study, learning, and collaboration. More information about the library and access to resources can be found at the library’s website,

Central Library Staff

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  • About Technology

    Any student use of technology on the campus must be for educational purposes only. Using a devise to play games, watch videos, listen to music, surf the Internet, or communicate with others is not allowed during the school day.

    In addition to sponsoring a one-to-one iPad program, Webb is privileged to have many up-todate laptops available for student use. Several classrooms have computers to be used at teacher discretion. The High School Writing Center and the Middle School Math Lab also provide computers.

    • The computers are provided for academic use only. System-altering software and games are not permitted.
    • Food, drink, gum, or magnets are not allowed at any computer workstation or near laptops.
    • Software may not be installed on, copied from, or removed from any hard disk by anyone other than the lab supervisors. No changes may be made on the computers’ control panels.

    Violations of these rules may be considered vandalism or honor offenses.

Upper School Technology Coordinator

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