General Contact

Email: info@aisr.org
Phone: +966 (0)11 459 7500

Admissions Office

Email: admissions@aisr.org
Phone: +966 (0)11 459 7500 ext. 305/306

Human Resources Office

Email: join_us@aisr.org
Phone: +966 (0)11 459 7500 ext. 308

Mailing Address:

American International School - Riyadh, P.O. Box 990, Riyadh, 11421 KSA

Learning Support

Elementary School
Middle School
High School

Elementary School

Counseling

What do the counselors do?

The Elementary Counselors

  • Work with parents, teachers, and students
  • Support academic, social, and emotional needs of AIS-R students Pre-K through Grade 5
  • Testing, entrance exams for new ES students
  • Support a smooth transition at all levels
  • Resource to teachers implementing our Second Step: Social Skills Curriculum.
  • Individual counseling
  • Small group counseling
  • Teacher and parent consultation
  • Child Study Team facilitator
  • Support parents through parent presentations, workshops, and providing resources and referrals.

English Language Learners

What is the English Language Learners program?

The elementary school English Language Learners (ELL) program is provided in Grades 1-5 for those students who qualify after being administered the World Class Instruction and Design Assessment (WIDA) Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL). A student may be required to enter the ELL program at any time, as evidenced by assessment results and triangulated classroom data. ELL support focuses on the acquisition and development of English. In order to succeed socially and academically at AIS-R, students need to acquire a proficient level of English so they can learn and interact in the classroom and on the playground.

What does ELL support look like?

ELL support is provided by the grade level Support Service Specialist. Students are supported both inside and outside the classroom dependent on subject and targeted skill. Services provided may include small group and 1-to-1. With this extra support, students continue to have full access to their grade level curriculum. The Support Service Specialist and homeroom teacher work together to plan and implement learning for each student based on English language needs.

How are students admitted to the ELL program?

Students are admitted to the elementary school ELL program based on results from the World Class Instruction and Design Assessment (WIDA) Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL). A student may be admitted at any time to the ELL program. Once identified as requiring ELL support to be successful at AIS-R, the program is not optional and includes a per semester fee. A student transitioning from Kg2 to grade 1 at AIS-R may be identified as requiring ELL support to be successful with the rigor of our Grade 1 program and curriculum. Those students that qualify according to assessment results are accepted into our grade 1 ELL program at the end of Kg2. New to AIS-R students grade 1-5 who qualify for our ELL program as evidenced by entrance assessment results, are notified of the requirement of ELL support at acceptance and admittance.

How will I know how my child is progressing in their English acquisition and development?

At AIS-R we believe that consistent parent communication and a partnership creates the best learning environment. In this, regular communication from the homeroom teacher and/or the Support Service Specialist are provided through email, progress reports, and parent meetings. When you come for parent-teacher conferences, the Support Service Specialist, along with the homeroom teacher, will be present to share information about your child's progress. Further, each trimester the ES Report Card includes an ELL section where progress is formally communicated in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

As a parent, what can I do to support my child's learning English?

At school, encourage your child to join a variety of after school programs to develop social and academic English and to stay for extra help when necessary in an ASL. At home, having your child read books in English each night is invaluable practice. Students need a chance to practice what they're learning in school independently. On a weekly basis, your child will be provided with additional leveled books to read at home. We also encourage you to continue to develop your child's native language at home. Research has found that students who are fluent in their native language have an easier time acquiring English. This means children and parents should speak in their native language at home and continue to practice reading and writing in their native language.

How long will my child need ELL support?

Students vary in the length of time and amount of language support needed. Many factors influence a student's ability to learn English including prior education, native language fluency and literacy, age, aptitude, motivation and a supportive environment. A student is considered for release from the ELL program when both the ELL teacher and homeroom teacher agree that the student is capable of functioning autonomously and successfully in the regular instructional classroom, as well as meeting the grade level requirements without support.

If you would like to find out even more about our elementary school, please visit our ES Blog at http://blogs.ais-r.edu.sa/jcanar/

Middle School

Goals

The primary goal of the guidance program is to provide both individual and group counseling to students in grades six through eight. Counseling sessions are typically aimed at assisting students in developing social skills and/or academic plans to meet individual and family educational goals. The counselor also works closely with the classroom teachers to assist students who struggle academically or are at risk. A final goal is to facilitate communication between staff and parents to improve student achievement.

Responsibilities of the Counselor

The middle school guidance counselor will:

  • Work with parents, teachers, and students
  • Support academic, social, and emotional needs of AIS-R students Grade 6 through 8.
  • Assist in organizing the administration of testing programs (MAP: Measurement of Academic Progress).
  • Assist students with transitions: 5th to 6th grade, 8th to 9th grade, and new students.
  • Consult with the administration on the admission and placement of new students.
  • Provide counseling and/or professional service for students, parents and faculty members.
  • Work closely with the LAND teacher.
  • Facilitate sensitive parent meetings, assisting and supporting teachers and parents.
  • Schedule all middle school students in appropriate classes using Skyward.
  • Assist teachers and parents with strategies to provide the optimum learning potential of the child.
  • Assist principal in placement and retention decisions.
  • Perform tasks and assume such other counseling responsibilities as may be assigned by the principal.

Team Meetings and Parent Conferences

The counselor will attend team meetings at each grade level multiple times throughout the year to discuss individual student needs. The meetings will be scheduled during the teachers’ common planning time. The individual teams will determine which day is best to meet with the counselor. Meetings can also be scheduled with the school nurse when appropriate.

Before the meeting, teachers will provide the counselor with a list of students for whom they have concerns so that he/she can gather pertinent information to share during the meeting. The focus of the meetings should be on developing effective strategies which help these students succeed in the classroom.

Referral Process for Individual Counseling Services

Students may be referred by parents or teachers, or they may self-refer to the counselor for counseling on an individual basis. If the problem or issue requiring counseling is easily resolved in a short time, then the counselor will schedule time to work with the student. If the problem is more serious or complex and is likely to require long-term counseling, the counselor may provide the family with names and contact information for professional help outside of school.

English Language Learners

The ELL program at AIS-R focuses on providing English learners with practice and application of key content and language concepts, promotes students’ interactions with each other and with the teacher, and provides opportunities for students to use English while reading, writing, listening, and speaking in new contexts. The ELL classroom environment respects your child’s preference for learning individually, in small groups, and large groups while at the same time, pushing for immersion in all aspects of English language learning.

What is the English Language Learners program?

The English Language Learners (ELL) program in the middle school prepares and supports students in becoming proficient in English, so they can learn and interact in and outside the classroom and succeed socially and academically at AIS-R. The ELL program encourages students' own individuality and appreciation of other cultures, while giving them the skills they need to fully benefit from the learning opportunities available in the larger school community.

What does ELL support look like?

In the middle school, ELL students receive support from the ELL specialist in a small classroom setting for forty minutes on a daily basis.

How will I know how my child is progressing in their English acquisition?

Regular parent contact is important to us, and we make an effort to keep parents informed through email, notes home, and regular reports. The MS report card has a section for the ELL specialist to report on the participation of your child in the classroom. In addition, the ELL specialist will report home twice yearly an ELL Progress Report which focuses on language. When you come for parent-teacher conferences, the ELL specialist, along with the content teachers, will be present to share information about your child's progress.

As a parent, what can I do to support my child's learning English?

At school, encourage your child to join a variety of after school programs to develop social and academic English and to stay for extra help when necessary. At home, having your child read books in English each night is invaluable practice. Students need a chance to practice what they're learning in school independently. We also encourage you to continue to develop your child's native language at home. Research has found that students who are fluent in their native language have an easier time acquiring English.

How long will my child need ELL support?

Students vary in the length of time and amount of language support needed. Many factors influence a student's ability to learn English including prior education, native language fluency and literacy, age, aptitude, motivation, and a supportive environment. A student is considered for release from the ELL program when both the ELL teacher and homeroom teacher agree that the student is capable of functioning autonomously and successfully in the regular instructional classroom, as well as meeting the grade level requirements without support.

Literacy and Numeracy Discovery

The Literacy and Numeracy Development class (LAND) is a class designed to assist students who need additional support in their core classes. LAND offers extended learning opportunities that reinforce the information and skills taught in the student’s core academic classes with a focus on increasing achievement in mathematics, reading, and writing. In conjunction with academic skills, we also focus on increasing organizational skills, social skills, and problem-solving skills that can significantly impact achievement. LAND is a positive place for students to practice, take risks with their learning, increase their academic achievement, and feel success by doing so.

Process for Student Study Team

1. Identify SST students

Students who are not experiencing academic success despite normal teacher/counselor intervention will be recommended for an SST.

The concerned teacher will fill out the SST Google Form and share it with all of the child’s teachers to collect everyone’s input. The SST form includes interventions tried by the teachers as well as all communication with the child’s parents. The Google Doc is then shared with the counselor.

2. Team Meetings

After reading the document, the counselor will schedule a meeting with the parents and the concerned teachers.

3. SST Meeting

Counselor will meet with all concerned teachers to create an improvement plan for the student with a timeline for completion.

4. Parent Conference

Discuss student’s progress and share concerns with parents. Explain interventions that have already been tried, and share the implementation of the plan previously discussed with teachers. A timeline is established and a re-assessment date agreed upon by all parties as well as an approximate date to meet again with the parents.

If necessary, the Counselor will direct parents to the Admissions Office to request a Tutor. Note that the counselors and teachers are not allowed to tutor their own students without the permission of the Middle School principal. In addition, and if necessary, the counselor will share a list of outside professionals such as Psychologists, Speech Therapists, or Therapists.

Scheduling

The principal will be responsible for developing the master schedule. Counselors will assist the principal by collecting course requests, making class lists, and checking prerequisites, as well as, offering input regarding course offerings and class conflicts. After the master schedule has been finalized the counselors will distribute schedules and resolve individual student conflicts.

Student requested schedule changes are only made during the first two weeks of the school year. Electives are offered for the entire year and there are very few options once the school year begins. Counselors should make every effort to give teachers at least twenty-four hours notice before the schedule change takes place.

Testing

Twice a year, all middle school students will take the MAP test (Measurement of Academic Progress) in the areas of math, reading, and language usage. Test results will be shared with parents via Skyward and will be used to help teachers direct teaching and differentiate instruction.

High School

Academic advising is a key component of the educational program at AIS-R. High School Counselors work closely with students at all grade levels to help them select the most appropriate courses and programs.Counselors assist students with the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to pursue their future educational and career goals. Counselors support the academic, social, and personal dimensions of a student’s life at AIS-R. The Guidance curriculum is also chiefly designed to help our students relate effectively to others, develop appropriate educational plans and explore career objectives. Counselors work with individual and small groups through a comprehensive guidance curriculum in every grade level. We support students with a variety activities designed to develop skills and resources for life-long learning.


The American International School-Riyadh
P.O. Box 990 Riyadh 11421 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
+966 (0)11 459 7500
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