Our commitment to educating the whole child means we prioritize social-emotional wellness. We help students embrace their diversity and develop the tools, strategies and resources needed to grow as successful, lifelong learners.
ACS counselors partner with students, educators and parents, as student advocates, to foster an inclusive and collaborative school environment. Whether through developing curriculum for an entire class or providing guidance to an individual student, our tiered system of counselor support ensures that all ACS students feel safe and supported. Counselors help students embrace their unique selves and live healthy, balanced lives.
Jenna Murray, our K-12 psychologist, acts as a consultant and collaborator with administration, counseling teams, learning support teams and the admission teams across each division. She also acts as ACS Child Protection Officer, ensuring the safeguarding of all ACS students. Students are referred on a case-by-case basis and the psychologist will give expert advice and support to refer students to outside services as well as assist with individual situations and interventions.
High School University and Career Services
Our High School counseling team provides students with planning services for life after ACS. This includes guidance through the university application process, as well as university visits, university fairs, career fairs and internships.
ACS offers a tiered system of support to all students. Students are referred by teachers, parents, and upon recommendation through the admissions process. A plan is developed complete with goals, instructional strategies and accommodations.
English language learners are fully immersed in language rich environments, with Tier 1 and Tier 2 support both in the classroom and through Student Support Services.
Tier 1: All students receive:
- High quality instruction
- High quality classroom management
- Differentiated Instruction (DI)
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Tier 2: Exceptional services based on specific needs:
- Targeted Behavior Intervention Plans
- Accommodation Plans
- Student Support Plans
- Community Services (Speech, OT, ABA Therapies)
- Language Support
- Educational Psychological Assessments
- In class Support
- Small Group Support
- Pull Out Support (Short term)
- Co-Taught classes
Tier 3: Exceptional services based on intensive needs:
- 1:1 Parent Paid Assistance
- Professional Intervention (Psychologists, Therapists, Tutors)
- Hybrid Schedules
Health & Wellness
The primary goal of the Health Office is to deliver the Department of Health (DOH) School Health Program while responding to student health and wellness needs during the school day. This is supported through a caring and professional environment within a public health framework.
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Scheduled KG through Grade 12 classes and advisories are platforms from which we offer a defined social emotional curriculum.