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Support Services

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.

Academics
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.

Emotional
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.

Health
Working in cooperation with our Physical Education Department, the SSS staff regularly assesses the overlap between the AIS health curriculum and its work.

Parents
It 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.

Lower School Programs

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Let's Care

The Let's Care Program is a social/emotional curriculum for Lower School students designed to promote emotional intelligence and social competence. The four C's of communicating, caring, coping and character building are the focus of the program over the course of the school year. These four C's are "translated" into specific lessons, provided each week in the classroom by a mental health professional. These lessons include practice in mindfulness and relaxation, as well as instruction in specific ways to effectively manage daily emotions and social situations. The overarching themes include the development of effective communication and decision-making skills, knowing one's emotions (self awareness), coping with emotions in an appropriate and constructive manner, friendship-making skills, respect for self, others and the community, bully-proofing strategies, and appreciation of differences and diversity in our community.

Reading Support

Research shows that early intervention is critical to student success, particularly in the language arts. For this reason, the Lower School has available to its students and faculty the resources of certified reading specialists who provide support beginning in kindergarten. Like a learning specialist, reading specialists collaborate with teachers to provide additional instruction to students who benefit from extra practice and reinforcement of skills learned in class. The reading specialists focus instruction specifically on aspects of reading and writing at a level appropriate to a student’s needs. While the Lower School has its own reading specialist on site, it also benefits from the services of a certified reading specialist assigned to the school by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

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