Support & Guidance
An aim of the Learning Support Program is to help make each student’s learning experience worthwhile in conjunction with our academically high standards.
Students at Saint Maur International School come from culturally diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities. We have a small percentage of students with special learning needs and we recognize that these children need more support of a specific nature in order to access the school curriculum.
The Learning Support Department provides students with a nurturing, carefully structured learning environment designed to accommodate each individual's learning needs. The Learning Support Coordinator plans the support for each student in close consultation with the Learning Support Committee, classroom/subject teachers, and parents. An individual educational plan (IEP) or intervention plan is created to track student progress and developments. Frequent review meetings, involving all relevant parties, also aid in tracking progress.
Even though the availability of our special needs services is limited, we still offer a range of support to help each student succeed; for example, there is the After School Academic Support Program. This is a free tutoring service where various subject teachers offer their expertise to students after school each week day.
Also, to keep track of students’ progress and prevent them from falling behind, we have the Advisory Program. Each Secondary School homeroom is assigned an advisory teacher who works with students and parents to provide that extra push in assessment tasks. All teachers and staff at Saint Maur International School are committed to working in collaboration with parents and, when necessary, external agencies to develop the most appropriate program of education for each student.
Emotional Support & Personal Counseling
Saint Maur as a school takes pride in attending to and providing excellent care for the social and emotional well-being of students.
The school acknowledges that life can sometimes present a different set of challenges and difficulties; and anyone can get ‘stressed out’ and experience distress at times. At times like these, perhaps a bit of help and support from others can make a huge difference.
Under the school leadership, all staff members are involved in the well-being of students to a various degree and on different levels. Our on-staff bilingual (in English and Japanese) counselor is available and is committed to assisting and supporting students in resolving and overcoming any concerns, issues, or challenges they may have that are affecting their personal lives. In so doing, the counselor works closely with students and offers a safe and supportive environment where they can freely express themselves without having to worry about the consequences and where their privacy will be treated with utmost respect and care.
Referrals can be made by the teacher, the parent or the student him or herself. Depending on the needs and situation, an individual, group, parent, or family session can be arranged. Students are also encouraged and welcome to stop by and share their happy moments and delightful experiences with the counselor at his office. Parents are also encouraged to contact the counselor if they have any concerns in relation to their child. If deemed appropriate, a referral to an outside counseling agency can be made.
Saint Maur International School is a college-preparatory school. Each year, 100% of our graduates are accepted by and enroll in four-year universities around the world.
Our high school curriculum includes a wide variety of challenging academic courses, designed to provide students with the academic background and skills necessary to succeed in higher education and careers which require university degrees. We do not provide any vocational training or preparation for students who intend to seek employment directly after high school. Our College Guidance Program helps students and parents to understand and navigate the admissions process, so that students can achieve their academic goals.
The full information about College Guidance can be found on the dedicated website.
Summer School 2017 will be offered ONLY for:
- Montessori Pre-school children from 2.5 to 5+ years of age
- Children entering Grade 1 in the fall of 2017 (Gr.1 Headstart Program)
June 12 to July 7, 2017 (2, 3, or 4 weeks enrollment possible) 8:45 am to 3:15 pm (half-day possible for pre-school only)
We regret that Summer School 2017 will be cancelled for Grades 2 to 12, including Exploration Week and our Keio Academy NY Summer Program.
This decision was made with the safety of the children in mind due to the extensive demolition of the present Gym taking place this summer in order to begin construction of our new Gymnasium/Multi-purpose Complex scheduled for completion in 2019.