The Student Support Services Team exists to support students throughout their time at AIS. We offer English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Learning Support. Our goal is to ensure that all students are able to achieve their highest level of success at our school. School nurses are on hand to make sure that our students stay healthy while at school and home.
Students arrive at AIS from many countries and with a range of educational experiences. At AIS we believe that all languages are important and that it is our responsibility to support and develop mother languages. While we celebrate the wonderful diversity of our students, we also recognize the challenge of learning in a different language. For students who arrive at AIS having not studied in English before, or for students who are still learning English, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department provides support for the acquisition of social and academic English.
The EAL Department at AIS supports students in acquiring English skills using a three-pronged model:
- Small group instruction for students with a similar level of English proficiency to develop social and academic language skills (pull-out instruction)
- Collaboration and co-teaching in mainstream classrooms to assist students access the curriculum (push-in instruction)
- Professional development and consultation with classroom and content teachers to develop knowledge, skills and evidence-based strategies necessary for providing effective instruction for students acquiring English, or EAL students
The goal of the EAL program is twofold: to help students attain proficiency in social language, as well as to develop the language skills required for academic success.
The Learning Support Program is designed to accommodate students with mild to moderate learning difficulties through a combination of individual, small group and in-class support. Our program aims to maximize each student’s potential by teaching the skills and strategies necessary to progress through the school curriculum with limited support. Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their academic progress. Students develop an awareness of their own learning styles as well as their strengths and weaknesses, learn to manage their own learning differences and take an active role in setting goals and targets in order to become successful, independent learners.
We believe that students learn best when they:
- are in a safe environment where they are encouraged to take risks
- are active in their learning
- develop an understanding of their learning styles and strengths
- develop and utilize a collection of strategies to facilitate their learning
- become self-advocates and responsible for their learning
AIS has two nurses available on campus to run our Health Services, working with the parents and teachers to promote the optimum health of our students. The school nurses are advisors and health educators, who assist with counselling, give first aid, deal with sports injuries, and are involved in the school health education program. AIS is a nut free school. Our Health Service can be contacted by email: AIS_nurses@ais-antwerp.be