POLICIES & SUPPORT
While each student-athlete is ultimately responsible for his or her own academic work, KMS is committed to providing each student with the support he or she needs to succeed. That support comes from a team of people—parents, teachers both at KMS and at the student's sending school, coaches and KMS administrators—who guide and assist each student-athlete.
Effective communication within that team, including the student-athlete, provides for a clear, mutual understanding of academic expectations and policies at the beginning of the program. Continued frequent and effective communication throughout the year keeps everyone aware of the student's success and adjustments to the program to meet the student's needs.
Students are required to attend all classes. Unexcused absences will result in academic consequences such as lower grades and possible disciplinary action, which may include removal from training sessions and/or competition, suspension or expulsion. When a student is absent, the student has the responsibility to complete all academic work, as if he or she had been in class, to make up the material that was covered in class, and to seek extra help outside of scheduled class times if he or she needs it. It is the student’s responsibility to be up to date with his or her studies and to seek additional tutorial assistance when needed.
If a student-athlete will miss classes as a result of athletic commitments, including competition, training, and travel, that student must discuss the absence with his or her teachers prior to missing any classes. In situations where a student-athlete qualifies for a competition at the last minute, this communication may be via email; in all other cases, the student-athlete is expected to notify his or her teachers at least three class days in advance of the scheduled absence, and to ensure the event is added to his or her shared Google calendar.
Academic Notice and Probation
A student with an average of 73% or below in any class will be placed on “Academic Notice.” The teacher will immediately request a meeting by notifying the Student Support Team, the student-athlete’s parents and the coach. The outcome of the meeting will be to set a plan for the student to improve his or her grade average up. If this plan is not successful or the student doesn’t show any effort to follow the plan, then the student-athlete will be placed on “Academic Probation.” While on Academic Probation the student-athlete will not be allowed to train or compete until all work has been made up and the student is performing at an appropriate level in all courses.
Academic integrity is a fundamental principle of teaching, learning, and scholarship. It means honest and responsible behavior in an academic setting that ensures the work done is one’s own and the work of others is properly recognized and documented. It also means a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of academic falsification, misrepresentation, or deception. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsifying, misrepresenting, or fabricating information and/or sources are the academic integrity violations most likely to occur. In accordance with the Killington Mountain School mission statement and our belief in the academic, social, and ethical well-being of our students, the following policy was developed in an effort to foster, teach, and encourage appropriate academic ethical behavior.
Report cards are issued quarterly. They are sent via email to the parents of our student-athletes. Report cards for development program and winter-term athletes are also sent to the sending-school guidance counselors.
KMS faculty complete regular academic reports for all student-athletes. For winter-term and development students, reports are provided weekly; for full-term students, reports are biweekly.
Each progress report describes, quantitatively and qualitatively, the academic work done by that student. It lists materials, topics, tests taken, tests scheduled and work that has been completed, as well as notes the students' effort and preparedness. A link to this report is shared via email at the outset of the year to the sending-school teachers, school counselors or advisors, coaches, parents and students. Teachers update the reports by noon each Monday.
Parents and sending-school teachers are strongly encouraged to follow progress reports and to contact the teacher with any questions or concerns.
Over the course of the year we encourage and welcome our KMS parents to check in with their child's KMS teachers and coaches. We have set up several parent-teacher-coach conference dates. If some of our parents are unable to make the scheduled conferences, we are more than happy to schedule a different meeting time.
Student Support Team
The Student Support Team provides ongoing programming and support for KMS student-athletes. The team meets weekly to discuss challenges faced by KMS student-athletes—including personal, academic and athletic challenges—and to identify forms of support that will help those students overcome the challenges they face. In addition, the student services coordinator is available for urgent needs at any time.