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Teaching & Learning

We have invested in technology this summer that we believe will make the academic experience significantly better and more interactive than last spring: DTEN D7 55" touchscreens running Zoom Rooms — video-conferencing devices with state-of-the art cameras and sound systems. This technology should greatly enhance the at-home learning experience for all our students in either model. It will be particularly valuable when we shift to the Hybrid-Cohort Model, in that it allows students at home to see a panorama of fellow students and teachers in the classroom and to converse more easily and naturally with the teacher and students at home or on campus.

The Big Picture for Students

List of 10 items.

  • Establish a Consistent Routine for Each School Day.

    How you begin your day matters. The class day begins at 9:00 a.m. for Forms I-VI, 8:45 for Form A, and 8:030 a.m. for Forms C and B, except for when those forms are on campus for Remote-Plus programming. On those Remote-Plus mornings, the day begins at 8:00. Aim to be ready in front of your computer ten minutes before that and any other scheduled session. Ahead of that, eat breakfast, and brush your teeth. Dress to impress. Make the morning regular. As was the case last spring, you don’t need to be in coat and tie, but please do wear a collared shirt or St. Albans athletic gear. The same will apply if we are able to return to school in Hybrid-Cohort mode. We are, therefore, relaxing the dress code in 2020-21.

    We will all break at lunch, so take good advantage of the midday meal. Find time to stretch throughout the day, and exercise according to your schedule or after classes. Following a routine, being prepared for the day, and maintaining fitness are good for you in so many ways.
  • Find a Comfortable, Quiet Place in Your Home Where You Can Attend Classes and Study.

    It might be tempting to recline in bed or on a sofa while attending your classes. Resist the impulse to lounge! Find a reasonably quiet space with a desk or table, good lighting, and a solid wireless connection. Your work area optimally is in a public space in your home. A dining room table or a kitchen table would be ideal. A public space away from a television (and even your phone or any device other than the one you are using for class) is important, too.
  • Check MySTA and Your St. Albans Email Every Day.

    The school and your teachers will communicate with you through MySTA, your stalbansschool.org email, and — in some cases — the school-approved Remind app. Teachers in Forms C, B, and A will also use Google Classroom. Check these platforms at least once early in the day and again in the early evening. You may also want to enable notifications from within MySTA so that you receive alerts about what your teachers have posted.
  • Follow Your Teachers’ Requirements, and Ask Teachers for Clarification.

    Stay on top of all your work in your classes. If you are unable to attend classes in real time, still keep up to date in turning in your assignments. If you need clarification on the content being covered in your class or what teachers are asking of you, please email your teachers or check in during posted office hours.
  • Adhere to the Honor Code and to Our Standards of Behavior.

    You are a St. Albans man. The Honor Code is in effect for all work, and good citizenship, whether in real or virtual space, matters deeply in our community. Each of your teachers will devote time in the first days of the semester to review the Honor Code with you and to explain subject-specific guidelines and expectations. Violations of the Honor Code in hybrid-cohort mode or all-distance mode will be handled in largely the same way as during a normal school year.

    The school has an important Expectations for Digital Citizenship statement. Please review that and think about the many ways that online class meetings and other school activities are affected by our collective online citizenship. In addition to following the guidelines you will find there about always posting what is respectful to others, while classes and other school-related activities continue to meet online, students should not wear attire, use virtual backgrounds, or otherwise display text or images that endorse or criticize a political figure or party.
  • Attend Purposefully to Class Time and Be Fully Present.

    Behavior in virtual classes, which includes being on time, dressing respectfully, engaging productively with your teacher and classmates, and striving to remove all other distractions during your classes, follows the same standards as it does in the hallways and classrooms of St. Albans. Successful online learning, however, requires a specific set of skills. Active communication is one such skill. In every class, students and their teacher co-create a particular learning community. Remember, your teachers are eager to know you and to support you, but they cannot read the room or pick up on non-verbal cues as easily online. Since they cannot catch up with you after Chapel, in the hall, or at the lunch table, you play a vital role in keeping your teacher informed. Establish an active and positive online presence. Do not mistake “signing in” for “showing up.” In distance learning you must extend yourself more conscientiously and more frequently than you might be used to or initially comfortable with. Advocate for yourself. Be a communicator. Be a community builder.
  • Give.

    Approach each class meeting with a commitment to give. Ask yourself, “In what ways will I ‘show up’ for my classmates and teacher?”
  • Connect.

    Your classmates need you. Your teacher needs you. Be a welcoming and supportive presence on Zoom. Engage with others in breakout rooms. Respond to posts on discussion boards, greet people by name on a video call, add a “hand clap” comment on Zoom, follow up after class with an encouraging text or email. In short, find active ways to signal that you are approachable and kind, and that you are in the game. Students will be expected to attend classes using both audio and video feeds. If you are uncomfortable with either of these requirements, please be in touch with your advisor or another member of the faculty to discuss your reservations.
  • Communicate.

    Reach out to your teacher or advisor when you have a question, a concern, a change in circumstance, or good news to share.
  • Be Kind. Laugh.

    Find ways to support your classmates and friends, laugh with each other, and bring joy to others.

Sample Schedules

Click through the gallery to view sample schedules for Forms C, A, I, and II, as well as the Upper School.
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.