Language and Educational Support
Learning is a personalized experience at ASP. We support all learners including students who do not speak English as their first language or who who need extra support inside and outside of the classroom. We have experts to guide each child along their learning journey.
We are proud to serve a large population of international students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Our students come to us with a wide variety of previous experiences, and with complex learning, emotional, and social needs. Our suite of Support Services includes our Learning Support Program, which seeks to meet students academic and behavioral needs, as well as our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program, which focuses on students learning and improving their English language skills.
Through our EAL program, non-native English speakers in Grades 1–8 can acquire the level of English needed to communicate effectively and successfully in both social and academic situations. The EAL program is also committed to valuing home culture and mother language development as an essential component of successful English language learning.
New students whose mother language is something other than English are assessed by the EAL team to determine their English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The results of these assessments determine whether students need to join the EAL program, and guides their placement within the program according to their reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities.
Students receive differentiated EAL support based on their level of English language proficiency within an immersive and inclusive environment. The EAL and classroom teachers will teach to your child’s next level of English language development. For example, if your child is an ‘early intermediate’ writer, your child’s teachers will teach to the next level of development or the ‘intermediate’ level. Your child’s teachers will do this for all skills areas.
Our Learning Support Program is designed for students who have learning differences, whether mild or moderate. Our highly trained Learning Specialists offer a range of services from small-group support, in-class interventions, and co-teaching and extension opportunities based on student needs. The Learning Support team works closely with each family and faculty members to ensure that students thrive both in and outside of the classroom.
Our goal is for students to become independent, lifelong learners. Areas targeted in specialized instructional settings include, but are not limited to: social-emotional and behavioral growth, reading, writing, mathematics, core-content instruction, time-management, organization, self-advocacy and learning strategies.
The Learning Support team designs an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) for every student enrolled in the support program. Accommodations are provided to students according to documented learning differences.