Ensuring academic success, personal well-being
Our team of learning specialists, certified counselors, nurses and psychologists supports students in a variety of ways and over varying lengths of time to ensure their academic success and personal well-being.
Our Learning Specialists provide curriculum and learning support in a number of ways, including consulting with faculty members to discuss strategies to improve the learning of all students. They work with students individually or in groups, counsel parents looking for ways to optimize their daughter's learning at home, and work with faculty to provide the strongest possible educational environment. The Learning Specialists also provide referrals for educational evaluations and develop Learning Plans for students with documented and approved learning accommodations. In each division, the Learning Specialist is a member of the division’s Student Support team, which meets to discuss students individually and division-wide. In Lower School, a reading specialist works with students who require additional practice and reinforcement of those skills associated with proficient reading, and is a resource to faculty and parents as well.
To address students' emotional needs, Student Support Services provides short-term individual counseling to students, leads classroom groups, consults with faculty, and makes referrals for evaluation and intervention as needed. Staff members work closely with administration and teachers to address any emotional issues that may be interfering with a student’s academic progress. With the implementation of courses such as Let's Care in Lower School, the Student Support Services staff address concerns such as bullying and how to deal with difficult social settings. In each division, a counselor/clinician is available to students, faculty, and parents; that person is also a member of the division’s Student Support team.
HealthParentsIt is our belief that by supporting parents as they help their daughters navigate an increasingly complex world, our Support Services staff are ultimately supporting our students. To that end, the SSS team offers a series of workshops for parents and students throughout the year that tackle issues ranging from the academic to the social/emotional.
Working in cooperation with our Physical Education Department, the SSS staff regularly assesses the overlap between the AIS health curriculum and its work.
Lower School Programs