Learning Support 

Primary School
Intermediate School
Secondary School

Primary School

Counseling

What do the counselors do?

The Primary Counselors

  • Work with parents, teachers, and students
  • Support academic, social, and emotional needs of Al-Bassam Schools students grade 1 through 6
  • Testing, entrance exams for new students
  • Support a smooth transition at all levels
  • Resource to teachers implementing 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?

We offer both national and international program in CP. Students can acquire a proficient level of English so they can learn and interact in the classroom and on the playground. 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 will I know how my child is progressing in their English acquisition and development?

At Al-Bassam Schools, 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 semester, the Report Card includes the 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. 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 English 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. The student should be capable of functioning autonomously and successfully in the regular instructional classroom, as well as meeting the grade level requirements without support.

Intermediate School

Goals

The primary goal of the guidance program is to provide both individual and group counseling to students in grades seven through nine. 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 Intermediate school guidance counselor will:

  • Work with parents, teachers, and students
  • Support academic, social, and emotional needs of Al-Bassam Schools students Grade 7 through 9.
  • Assist in organizing the administration of testing programs (MAP: Measurement of Academic Progress).
  • Assist students with transitions: 6th to 7th 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 teacher.
  • Facilitate sensitive parent meetings, assisting and supporting teachers and parents.
  • Schedule all Intermediate school students in appropriate classes.
  • 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

Our program 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 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 program in the Intermediate 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 Al-Bassam Schools. The 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.

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 report card has a section for the specialist to report on the participation of your child in the classroom. In addition, the specialist will report home twice yearly the Progress Report which focuses on language. When you come for parent-teacher conferences, the 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 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. The student should be capable of functioning autonomously and successfully in the regular instructional classroom, as well as meeting the grade level requirements without support.

Testing

Twice a year, all Intermediate 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 and will be used to help teachers in direct teaching and differentiate instruction.

Secondary School

Academic advising is a key component of the educational program at Al-Bassam Schools. Secondary 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 Al-Bassam Schools. 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.