Student Support Services

Advisory

The Advisory program at the American Embassy School consists of three twenty-minute sessions during the week. Advisory groups are small (approx. 8-10 students) and students are assigned to teachers within their grade level.

The Advisory program is designed to support the social, emotional, and educational needs of middle school students as well as promote school wide student learning goals (these focus on communication skills, self-awareness skills, interpersonal skills, and cognitive skills).

Time is devoted to the use of the Agenda system for students in Grades 6 and 7. Students record assignments on a daily basis in their agendas and use this tool to assist them in planning and organizing their time. Advisors periodically check over each student’s agenda, checking for completeness and organization. Discussions may focus on time management, long-term planning, and goal setting. Grade 8 students also use the Agenda system, and Advisors will check their agendas during the first quarter and then less frequently as the year progresses.

Activities that may occur during Advisory time include skits, debates, creating collages and mottoes, and general discussions that encourage them to think about the topics at a deeper level.

Teachers are given an Advisory binder containing information/activities related to each monthly topic. They will be asked on a regular basis, at their team meetings, for feedback on the topics/activities so that the program can be continuously improved.

Homework Club

Homework Club is offered throughout the week. Homework Clubs are designed to provide a structured environment for students to complete their Homework, and are supervised by a Middle school teacher certified in that subject area.  All students are welcome to attend as needed or on a regular basis. Subject-specific help is provided in Math, Science, Humanities,  French/Spanish and EAL after school as well.  Assistance is also provided after school for students who need to refresh their skills or complete technology related projects.

Academic Support

The Academic Support course is designed to supplement the general education program in supporting students with documented learning needs. Academic Support and classroom teachers collaborate to develop a Learning Support Plan(LSP) for each Academic Support student.

Parental input and the evaluation of student strengths and needs are key parts of this process. Each LSP includes measurable goals and objectives as well as specific strategies and accommodations to help students be successful in the regular curriculum. In cases where learning needs significantly impact a student’s ability to access the general curriculum, modifications to curriculum or assessment are outlined in the LSP.

Independence and responsibility are essential to academic success. Therefore, the Academic Support teacher is not only charged with the task of teaching discrete academic skills, but also thinking strategies, note taking, self-advocacy, and self-initiative. This approach enables students to take responsibility for maximizing their own learning. If you are interested in learning more about Academic Support and the options for your child, please contact your counselor who will share with you the process and review options of support.

Study Skills

Study Skills is an elective course designed for students who have a need for extra time and support to complete academic assignments. In addition to extra work time, Study Skills students receive instruction in strategies such as organization, planning and note taking. Furthermore, if students have a specific content-area need, Study Skills allows for students either to practice skills with their Study Skills teacher or to contact their specific content-area teacher for additional support.

Study Skills is an elective course designed for students who have a need for extra time and support to complete academic assignments. In addition to extra work time, Study Skills students receive instruction in strategies such as organization, planning and note taking. Furthermore, if students have a specific content-area need, Study Skills allows for students either to practice skills with their Study Skills teacher or to contact their specific content-area teacher for additional support.