Phasing System

In order to create a flexible program where students are able to maximize their strengths while also receiving support in areas of need, Hill Top utilizes a phasing system in each class. This process ensures that each student is appropriately challenged by the course content. Teachers work with each student to determine the appropriate phase for a particular course, thus determining the student’s pace with regard to homework, independent learning, and organizational skills. A student’s phase may vary from one class to another and may change throughout the school year. The phases are as follows:

Significant Accommodations (SA)

Definition: Students work slowly and require a significant level of teacher direction, guidance and oversight along with revised assignments in order to achieve concept mastery. Work at an SA phase is not at a college-preparatory pace or level.
Students at the SA phase would receive one or more of the following:

  • Modified assignments
  • Modified tests
  • Slower paced instruction
  • Use of supplementary materials on quizzes and tests (i.e. notes, textbook, word bank)
  • Omission of more challenging topics
  • Significant extensions on assignments (not available in mathematics)
  • Minimum expectation for individualized work at home
  • Scribing and/or typing assistance
  • Significant one-on-one support during class, mentor period and beyond.
  • Oral Exams
  • Practice tests, literature guides and study materials are provided
  • Significant extra time on tests (i.e. greater than 100%)
  • Increase support with executive function skills
  • Writing assignments in the assignment book or creating lists of work (Upper School only)
  • Regularly scheduled mentor periods
  • Math help or study hall activity
  • Adaptive activities (physical education and art only)
  • Modified penalties for late work
  • Retests with no penalties
  • Phase-appropriate grading
  • Teacher signature of assignment book (9th-12th grade only)

NOTE: STUDENTS WHO NEED TO BE CONSISTENTLY PLACED AT THIS PHASE IN MULTIPLE CLASSES ARE NOT FUNCTIONING AT THE COLLEGE PREP LEVEL AND WILL MEET WITH GREATER CHALLENGES OVER TIME.

With Accommodations (WA)

Definition: Students may work slowly and require an additional level of teacher direction, guidance and oversight along with revised assignments in order to achieve concept mastery.
Students at the WA phase would receive one or more of the following:

  • Extended deadlines (not available in mathematics)
  • Teacher notes
  • Retests with no penalties (for middle school students only; not available in mathematics)
  • Scribing and/or typing assistance
  • One-on-one support during class or mentor period
  • Frequent redirection for behavior (for middle school students only)
  • Oral Exams
  • Additional practice tests, literature guides and study materials are provided
  • Extra time on tests (up to 100%)
  • Regularly scheduled mentor periods
  • Math Help and/or study hall activity
  • Extra support in developing ideas

Instructional (IN)

Definition: Work and instruction are delivered at a college-preparatory pace with a balance between independent work and teacher direction.

Advanced (A)

Definition: Student is capable of highly independent work with teacher oversight and instruction as needed.

Independent Study (I)

Definition: Student is participating in an independent study program or college level instruction.

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