AISL Board Policy 9.4 Inclusion
The American International School of Lusaka promotes an ethos of inclusion (an intrinsic component of the IB programs). We recognize, that all learners benefit from a safe and supportive environment, that understanding and supporting each child’s academic, social and personal growth is imperative to their success. AISL is committed to implement and improve viable programs to accept, support, include, and celebrate diversity in our community.
AISL Student Services Overview
The American International School of Lusaka (AISL) serves all children who participate and experience success in educational programs on offer, given the resources available. AISL Student Services consists of the following:
- A comprehensive school guidance program that includes counseling, personal and social education, and college/university advising.
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) programming that includes services to support students with mild and moderate learning needs.
- English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program that includes instruction and support to help students develop their basic interpersonal communication skills and academic English language skills.
- A Differentiation Resource Program designed build capacity to meet the diverse learning needs of students in literacy and mathematics in classroom settings.
- A School Nurse that provides health services including the diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and ailments.
AISL supports the implementation of an inclusion model; consequently, services are aligned as much as possible within the student’s general classroom environment.
AISL Student Services Mission Statement
The AISL Student Services Department is committed to proactively advocate for and support the diverse needs of our students and community. We achieve this through an inclusive, collaborative approach grounded in current evidence-based practice that ensures access for all.
AISL Definition of Student Success
Student success at AISL encompasses not only academic excellence, but also personal, social and emotional growth. A culture of collaboration and mutual respect between students, parents and educators is essential to ensure that each student is able to experience growth in all areas of their development.
AISL Student Services Core Beliefs and Values
- We are committed to support and advocate for individual students.
- We value and respect every student's’ voice.
- We provide access to services and resources to all students, within our capacity.
- We believe that collaboration between all stakeholders is fundamental to ensuring student success.
- We are committed to utilizing current evidence based practice.
- We embrace and value the diverse nature of our community
- We believe in nurturing a safe environment of trust within our community.
Student/Child Support Teams: Monitoring Students and Program Delivery
Student Support Teams convene on a regular basis in the Primary School, Middle School, and High School to monitor student growth and progress and to oversee the delivery of services. Teams meet regularly in order to review and monitor the progress and needs of individual students and to determine appropriate, available services and interventions to best support individual students. SST responsibilities vary in each school but generally include:
- Advice on admission and class placement for students with learning and/or English language needs or for students who are highly capable and motivated.
- Recommendations for entry or exit in support services programs.
- Oversight on Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.
- Observation and assessment of students.
- Referral for formal assessment
- Interventions to support students academically and socially and emotionally
- Classroom teaching strategies
On occasion, the Student/Child Support Team will convene to review the needs of an individual child and determine the level and type of support necessary for the child to be successful. This team consists of an administrator, specialists and teachers, and parents.