The AIS Support Program offers students and families assistance to help each child achieve their full potential. As a community we strongly believe that students must be understood as individuals, and taught the skills to manage their school years and beyond. They also must be given a voice, and the opportunity to self-advocate. At AIS personal attention goes hand-in-hand with high expectations.
At the core of the Program is our Life Skills curriculum. Our guidance counselors and teachers provide age-appropriate lessons and practice opportunities in numerous areas that will support students to be successful in life. In the early years we focus on relationship building and conflict resolution, including various units on mindfulness. In the middle years, we introduce study/organizational skills and the beginnings of human growth and development. High school includes units that prepare students for university and deliver drug/alcohol awareness, along with the healthy use of technology.
The Support Program also helps students and families deal with individual issues. The team offers a safe haven where students can work through problems. While the school emphasizes that students must solve their own problem, our professionals coach them through their issues so they can see the light at end. We know that students learn best when they are comfortable and able to express themselves.
Finally, the support team also works with students who need help in their academics. Some children thrive in smaller groups, where they can avoid distractions. Some students also need reinforcement in basic skills, that are better done one-on-one. At the other end of the spectrum, some students need to be pushed beyond the grade-level curriculum and the support team helps them. In all areas, the goal is to do their best and be their best.