Language Learning Support
The English Language Learner program prepares non-native English speakers from Grades K–12 for the quickest entry into the full mainstream program using an individualized, flexible and content-based curriculum. In Elementary School, depending on a student’s proficiency level, a language acquisition specialist may accompany small groups of students in the regular classroom (push-in support). The specialist is on hand to assist students with and/or teach small groups of students in a separate class (pull-out support).
The Secondary School English Language Learner program also offers two levels of support. Non-English and limited English speakers receive an additional class taught by a language acquistion specialist that focuses on vocabulary, basic grammar skills and oral fluency. For intermediate English speakers, the language acquisition specialist collaborates with subject area teachers to design instructional strategies and accommodations to facilitate learning the course content.
Student Support Team
The Student Support Team (SST), comprised of the Principal, Counselor and Learning Specialist, assists students with academic and social-emotional needs. Using a holistic approach, the SST gathers information from teachers, parents, observations, interviews, reviews of school records and assessments in order to develop interventions and strategies that will improve a student’s learning and social well being. The SST creates an individual student learning plan and shares the plan and the student’s progress with teachers and parents.
Our learning specialists support students in the mainstream classroom and through individual or small group instruction. Their interventions focus on reading, writing and math remediation and developing learning strategies that can be applied inside and outside the classroom. When appropriate, the SST can refer families to outside professionals and support specialists that work in the community.
The SST’s goal is to work as a team with teachers, students and families to ensure that students have the necessary support to become independent, lifelong learners that achieve their full potential.
UAS counselors empower students to discover themselves, their passions and directions in life. They collaborate with students, staff, parents and the community to maximize each student’s academic, social, and emotional potential in a multicultural and fast-changing world.
Our counselors offer a wide range of services for students to confront the changes and challenges they will encounter as they mature:
The guidance curriculum consists of structured, research-based lessons designed to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level.
- Social/Emotional student development
- Academic skills support
- Career/Education planning and test-taking skills
Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns.
- Individual, small group, and crisis counseling
- Peer facilitation
- Referrals to health professionals and academic support
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PLANNING
Counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing plans.
- Review of academic progress
- Post-education/career planning
- Problem-solving & transition plans
- Coping strategies & social skills
Counselors advocate for students’ personal and educational needs and work to ensure they addressed these needs at every level of the school experience.
- Education in understanding self and others, including strengths and challenges
- Multicultural/diversity awareness
Counselors are vital to our warm, positive school climate, working to ensure that students have the skills and dispositions to be successful in school and beyond.
UAS has a full-time nurse and a part-time nutritionist to promote the general well being of students, staff and the community. We believe a balanced, healthy lifestyle is crucial to students’ academic success and to long-term happiness.
Our fully-licensed Nurse proactively addresses health care by:
- Informing and educating students and the community on potential health risks.
- Performing health screenings and making referrals to outside providers when appropriate.
- Developing health plans and services for students with special health needs.
- Organizing first aid training sessions for students and staff.
- Working in conjunction with the nutritionist to coordinate events, such as Heart Health Week, to promote healthy living.
- Serving as a liaison between the school and the health care providers.
In the event of an emergency or an illness our Nurse also takes responsive measures, which include:
- Performing routine first aid and basic medical care for students and staff.
- Managing medication administration according to school and Ministry of Public Health regulations.
- Contacting the emergency medical service when appropriate and organizing transportation and communication.
School Nurse: Elisa Pereira —firstname.lastname@example.org
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