Learning Support can be provided to students in Grades 9–12. The Learning Support teachers help students succeed by focusing on academic needs, the development of executive function and key skills that support increasing independence. Support can be offered to students in any subject. Students work with Learning Support teachers in specific subject classrooms and/or in the dedicated Learning Support space.
Classroom content is followed with certain scaffolds or modifications. These modifications and other methods of support are determined by the child's parents, homeroom teachers, specialists, and/or evaluations.
When academic or developmental questions arise, the school will alert the parents and work with them to develop an action plan for their child. Parents who have questions about Learning Support fees should contact the Admissions Department. For more information, visit our Learning Support page.
Accommodations for students taking IB/AP exams
IB/AP students have access to accommodations based on professional evaluations. Once approved by the IBO or College Board, accommodations are applied both in the classroom and on IB/AP exams.
THE GUIDANCE COMMITTEE
The Guidance Committee is composed of the Director, Assistant Director, Academic Dean, Guidance Counselors, College Counselors, Learning Support teachers, and the Athletic Director. This group meets weekly to review students’ academic and emotional development and to formulate plans to assist those students in need.
The Upper School Assistant Director is an important liaison between students, parents, and the school. The Assistant Director establishes a safe, nurturing environment for student success by creating and enforcing policies in line with ASP's beliefs and mission. Students will be in contact with the Assistant Director on questions concerning student behavior and health, etc.
The Academic Dean oversees the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement program as well the Upper School schedule, attendance management, and grades. Students with questions concerning either the IB and AP programs should consult the Academic Dean to plan their course of study.
Each grade is assigned a Counselor who provides emotional and academic support while guiding students towards an appropriate sequence of classes, a balanced course selection, and successful completion of their graduation requirements. Link to guidance page.
Our College Counselors help students find their best fit when selecting a college, where they will be successful, productive, and happy. Students begin working with the College Counselors at the beginning of the second semester of Grade 11, as they research and select their schools of choice. Students attend group and individual guidance meetings. Evening information sessions are held with parents of both Grade 11 and 12 students. Students have many opportunities to meet with college admissions representatives in Paris and a number of admissions officers visit ASP to meet with students directly. In addition, over 60 colleges and universities are represented at the annual Paris College Day Fair.
Our GAPS classes are built around key component of ASP's mission: Global Citizenship, Academic and Personal Excellence, and Service Learning. A required course for Grade 9 and 10 students, GAPS provides the resources for a successful transition into our school, and a forum for discussion around some of the major opportunities, challenges and questions of young adulthood.
GAPS classes are typically limited to 15 students per block, and are collaboratively led and facilitated by the faculty mentor, the guidance counselor, and peer mentors from Grades 11 and 12 for two, 80-minute periods of the 8-day block schedule cycle.
The curriculum of this course is driven by overarching, essential questions. These include (but are not limited to):
What opportunities does attending a school like ASP present? What do we value? What motivates me? What does it mean to be a global citizen? What skills do I want to develop? What does “learning” mean? How do you know if you have really learned something? What effect does the media have on the way we think? What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a Digital World? What does it mean to be "healthy"? How do we know when to lead and when to follow? What major decisions will I be making, and how will I make them? What are the strengths and interests I want to develop?
GAPS draws on a variety of resources and perspectives, providing opportunities for large and small group discussions and activities around the course themes. GAPS encourages each student to develop and work towards their personal and academic goals over the course of the year. In doing so, GAPS achieves the following learning outcomes, which are shared by the CAS program within the International Baccalaureate:
- Increased awareness of strengths and areas for growth
- Undertaking new challenges
- Planning and initiating activities
- Working collaboratively with others
- Showing perseverance and commitment
- Engaging in issues of global importance
- Considering ethical implications
- Developing new skills
During their time in GAPS, students learn to demonstrate real thought, reflection, and progress towards each of their three, very personal goals.
Upper School students attend regular assemblies to promote student activities and foster a spirit of community. They are held in the PAC from 8:45-9:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Longer community meetings are organized once per month to present a variety of informational, academic, and artistic subjects. Past topics include speakers on digital literacy and personal motivation, demonstrations of Argentinian tango, and performances from musicians supporting local causes.
ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
Due to the academic demands of our Upper School program, students who seek admission to ASP are required to have a sufficient command of academic English before they may be admitted. If you have questions about the EAL policy for Upper School students or would like to learn more about a placement exam, please contact Admissions.
ONE COMMUNITY, MANY HANDS
With a strengths-focused and growth-based approach, we partner with students, families, and teachers in celebrating students' uniqueness and fostering learning opportunities. Students build lifelong skill sets while meeting their personal goals.
- Sonata Sardinha, Learning Support Teacher