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Special Needs Policy

The AISV Guiding Statements are foundational for our learning support policy:

  • Empowering all learners to succeed

  • Ensuring all students reach their full potential

  • Committed to each student’s success

In line with effective teaching practices, learning support most often occurs in an inclusive manner.

An inclusive education is defined as “an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers.” An inclusive education is paramount to high quality education for all learners and the development of a society that embraces diversity and respects the rights and dignity of all. Inclusive education is necessary to achieve social equity and is an essential element of lifelong learning.

AISV can provide educational services for a carefully managed number of students with a range of physical, academic or emotional needs.  It should be noted however that the school has limited resources to serve special needs students; if a student requires additional testing, one-to-one support and/or external consultation, additional payment will be required. (See the AISV Admissions and Placement Policy.)

AISV’s teachers are dedicated to fostering the intellectual and emotional/social growth of each student. To foster active learning, we work to develop students’ understanding of how they learn and how they are progressing. We use differentiated instruction to provide all students access to the curriculum. The school allocates professional development for teachers on current instructional and assessment strategies to meet the needs of a range of learners.  Our SEN program is intended to provide additional support to students and teachers who need additional strategies and resources to maximize their success.