Student Support

ASW is committed to “offering our students and their families a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment.” Our in-house support services, including Learning Support, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Counselling and School Nurses, are committed to helping our students reach their academic, social-emotional and physical potential.

Parents should be aware that the availability of associated English speaking healthcare professionals including occupational therapists, sensory integration therapists, psychologists, behavioural therapists and other specialists cannot be guaranteed within Warsaw.

Find out more about our student support services by browsing the tabs below.

Learning Support

We create a culture of learning that supports students with
a diverse set of abilities and interests.

ASW welcomes students with a wide range of learning abilities and interests. We strive to set the highest standards of learning for each student at his or her own stage of development, within the context of the school’s curriculum. The goal is to assist students in reaching their highest potential academically, socially and emotionally.

Who

Understanding that all students learn, grow and develop in different ways, the Learning Support Department provides support services for struggling learners and students with identified mild to moderate learning needs. At ASW, we are committed to improving our ability to support students with learning differences. While we do not have a gifted and talented program, ASW teachers differentiate in the classroom in order to provide students with the right level of challenge. By carefully managing our enrollment, we strive to maintain balanced classes and protect student-teacher ratios in order to provide rich and rewarding learning experiences.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to meet the needs of students with intense learning needs or those with significant emotional or behavioural needs.

Applying

Parents of students with identified learning needs are invited to submit an application form. For more details please read the Admissions FAQs.

Students currently enrolled at ASW can also enter into the Learning Support Process at any time. As students work through the Learning Support Process, recommendations will be made which may include short term intervention, in-class support, evaluation and/or formal learning support services.

We have limited space for students in the Learning Support Department. Some Learning Support Services have supplemental tuition charges; please refer to the Fees section under Other Fees for details.

Please note that the cost of individual tutoring, testing or support services referred to external service providers is the responsibility of the parents. Full disclosure and cooperation is required throughout the process of admissions, placement and service delivery.

Supporting Our Students

We believe that all students learn best when they are educated with typically developing peers, thus nurturing an atmosphere of tolerance and empathy. Our goal is to support learners effectively through differentiated instruction, accommodations and consultation. When students require more than differentiated instruction to be successful, they may receive additional aid by one of the professionals in the Learning Support Department. This level of support may fall in the range of short term interventions, monitor, mild or moderate ongoing support.

Learn Support Process

Short Term Interventions

For students who are experiencing a difficulty in the classroom, an intervention plan using specific differentiation strategies may be developed and tried for a set amount of time. The Learning Support team and teachers will meet regularly to determine the effectiveness of these strategies. A short term, structured intervention program, such as Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), may also be trialed to try to bridge a student’s difficulties.

Monitor Level of Support

Students who are in the monitor program meet grade level expectations with minimal in-class accommodations and classroom differentiation. They do not receive regular Learning Support services other than to ensure that accommodations are being supported and implemented by teachers.

Mild Level of Support

For students with identified learning needs who require accommodations and direct teaching in order to achieve grade level expectations. Support is provided through consultative, small group or in-class models.

Students are to graduate with the IB diploma, or the ASW HS Diploma with certificate courses from the IB or the ASW HS Diploma.

Moderate Level of Support

For students who are making progress towards grade level expectations, with accommodations and ongoing intensive, individualized and specialized teaching. Support is provided through a combination of co-teaching and small group instruction. Where students cannot access grade level outcomes in one subject area, learning outcomes may be modified.

Students are to graduate with the ASW HS Diploma with modifications noted on transcript.

Learning Support Faculty

Learning Support Teachers

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Jonica Asteros

Titles: Learning Support Assistant & Service Learning Teacher

Lindsey Brewster

Titles: Learning Support Teacher

EAL

The EAL (English as Additional Language) department is an open door to the many paths of learning offered at ASW.

English as Additional Language or second language speakers of English are supported through multiple channels. Learners are tested through the WIDA consortium standardize language proficiency test. After their level is determined, learners may be placed in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) class and receive in-class support from EAL teachers.

In-class support can take the form of tools and scaffolds to help bridge the gap between language understanding and accessing the course content. EAL teacher support is available to work as an advocate for English language learners, both working one-on-one to explain language and concepts through language, and with the course teacher to raise awareness for accessing all learners linguistically in the classroom.

EAP courses are offered for middle-school (6-9th grade) and high school (10+) EAL learners. These are structured courses which provide strategies, scaffolds, and general discourse for application in core course subjects. In addition, they establish a foundation for further academic communication and assessment in the IB Diploma program.

Watch a video (Youtube) of our students taking part in an English language conference in Romania in 2017.

EAL in the classroom

Pictured: EAL teacher Mr. Skjold with a student in the Upper School EAL classroom.

Counseling

Elementary School

ASW’s Elementary School Counseling Center is staffed by two full time counselors who cover orientation, classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, individual counseling, teacher and parent consultation, parent presentations and workshops. The Counseling Center also has a large collection of books available to parents and students that address topics such as parenting, school and social difficulties, and growing up. Read more on the Elementary School page.

Middle School

Counselling in the MS is aimed at supporting the social, emotional and academic well-being of all students. The Counselor works with families to find the right classes for students, to acclimate to the school environment, to help problem-solve any issues that can come up during these exciting but sometimes turbulent years. Read more on the Middle School page.

High School

The counseling program in High School deals with careers advising, university planning, as well as academic and social and emotional support. Read more on the High School Counseling page.

School Nurse

There is a nurse on campus from 8 AM to 5:30 PM daily.

This includes during after school sports and activities, as well as during special school events.

For large athletic competitions hosted by ASW, we also have first aid trained personnel on hand to attend to the health needs of school athletes.

Should you have any health-related questions, feel free to contact us by phone at 22 502 8537 or by email to schoolnurses@aswarsaw.org.

Illness Protocol

To help prevent the spread of illnesses at school and to help a student recover fast from illness, the following recommendations are given.

1. Keep your child home from school when he/she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Signs of severe illness including fever of 38 C or 100.4 F, irritability and difficulty breathing.
  • A suspected communicable disease, cold or Flu symptoms with a severe runny nose or persistent cough.
  • Frequent and/or hard coughing
  • Vomiting in the last 24 hours.
  • Loose and/or watery bowel movements (diarrhea) in the last 24 hours or stools that contain blood or mucous.
  • Head lice
  • Drainage from ears or eyes
  • Unidentified or questionable rash until the doctor has determined it is not caused by an infectious disease.

2.Your child may return to school when:

  • He/she has a normal temperature for the past 24 hours without the help of a fever reducing medication like Paracetamol, Tylenol (APAP) or Ibuprofen
  • He/she feels well enough to be in school for the full day and to go outside for recess
  • There is no vomiting and/or loose stool for at least a day
  • After head lice treatment
  • after your doctor has approved that your child can return to school after illness

If the student is unwell, parents must inform the appropriate school office that he/she will be absent at the start of the school day.

Any student who has been diagnosed with a communicable disease must inform the Nurse’s Office of the diagnosis when it is made. And when returning to school present a medical practitioner’s note stating that the student is no longer contagious and is fit to return to school BEFORE going to class.

We also encourage everyone to often wash their hands with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes, drink plenty of water and dress appropriately for the weather.