Student Support, Guidance and EAL Services
Junior School Counseling
The Junior School Counseling program provides social and emotional support to Early Childhood through Grade 4. Every class receives a series of Second Step Safeguarding lessons from the junior school counsellor, to equip the students to Recognize, Refuse, and Report unsafe and unwanted touches. The junior school counsellor supports students through one-on-one conversations, small groups, and classroom lessons. Some primary topics of focus include: healthy friendships, conflict resolution, and developing a positive self-concept.
The Middle School Counseling program provides social and emotional support to students Grades 5-8. And continues with the Recognize, Refuse, and Report program from Junior School. The middle school counsellor supports students through one-to-one conversations, lunch-drop ins, and classroom lessons. Some primary topics of focus include: Healthy relationships, conflict resolution, managing and expressing emotions effectively, changing bodies, and a healthy use of and presence in the digital world.
Social Emotional Learning and Well Being
Senior School Guidance office uses a holistic approach to support students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. Students are assigned a counselor based on their homeroom and remain with this counselor from Grade 9 to Grade 12. Pastoral Care/Ethics classes help students explore self-growth and positive interpersonal relationships. MIS contracts with a variety of outside professionals who come to campus for more in-depth and specific support if needed.
University and Post-Graduation Counseling
The Guidance office supports students with their post MIS plans for all university destinations worldwide, as well as those who decide to consider a gap year, apprenticeship, or military service. Support continues for MIS graduates for a full year after graduation. Group sessions to address future plans and university destinations begin in Grade 9, and individual sessions begin in 10th grade during the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program course selection process; continuing and becoming more detailed and personalized in Grades 11 and 12. Students and parents are welcome to schedule individual appointments at any time. Information on college destinations can be found on the MIS School Profile.
MIS is committed to providing an inclusive education for all students and strives to remove barriers to success by adopting the practices of Universal Design for Learning. We believe that every individual should have an equitable opportunity for education and social emotional progress. To achieve this goal, our teachers work collaboratively to create learning opportunities that meet and challenge the needs of all students in all classrooms. For students who would benefit from additional support or enrichment, our teachers provide supplementary learning experiences to ensure students receive the support they need to be successful. Through the use of data, teachers target instruction so we can ensure all students make progress over time. We also work in collaboration with outside professionals to coordinate services as needed. MIS is committed to ensuring an equitable learning experience for each student at our school.
Our student population comes from a variety of nationalities with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The EAL Support Services at MIS are available to students whose first language is not English and have limited experience in an English-medium school. Students receive support through referral at admissions or by the classroom teacher. The support for students focuses on developing their social and academic language skills through the curriculum of the respective grade level. The EAL specialists work collaboratively with the classroom teachers (Junior School) or subject teachers (Middle and Senior School), and together they assess and monitor students’ English language acquisition and development. Students learn language in a safe and motivating environment in which instructions are designed to make grade level academic content accessible.
For more details on the above programs, please contact us.