The AICS aims to be an inclusive school. We believe deeply in our mission to serve our diverse and globally mobile community to the best of our ability, and accept children with a diverse range of learning backgrounds.
Our mission is to facilitate high-quality, accessible, community-based, international learning for students of all nationalities living in the Netherlands. Our values are: diversity, community, integrity and inquiry. Our mission that everyone is included, challenged and successful is one we take very seriously, believing that an inclusive educational programme has a value that enriches the whole community. We accept students with a range of abilities and learning diversity.needs. While we strive to be inclusive, we may not be able to meet the needs of some students. In the interest of giving the best education and support, we carefully assess all students with learning diversity needs who apply to the AICS. We provide a range of support options for students depending on their needs. The form and duration of support offered in primary is different to the support offered in secondary. In primary school, student support takes place in class and in small group settings. In secondary school, support is offered in small groups and on a one to one basis. We also collaborate with a wide range of external patterns to support our students. While we strive to be inclusive, we may not be able to meet the needs of some students. When we are unable to support a student’s learning diversity needs we advise families on alternative schooling possibilities.
The Student Support Team
Student Support begins within the classroom itself, led by teachers and mentors. Our aim is to ensure that we are able to meet the diverse needs of our student population by tailoring our teaching around individual student needs.
Student Support Structure
Student Support Pyramid: The first tier
Within the first tier of support the Primary School Teacher, Primary Class Assistants, and the Secondary School mentors and teachers are always the first point of reference. All teachers are responsible for the well-being of the specific students under their care. Within this tier, teachers provide in-class differentiation and accommodation in order to best meet the needs of their students. Discussion through Student Forum and advice from our Student Support Team are also used in this tier. Support within this tier should accommodate the needs of approximately 80% of our student population.
Throughout the school year our teachers engage in a discussion called Student Forum. At this forum teachers share observations, questions and strategies on the academic, social and emotional development of their class as a community. In addition to discussing the well-being of a class as a whole, observations, questions and strategies are shared in relation to the academic, social and emotional development of individual students.
In Secondary School, the Career Counsellors are responsible for guiding and advising students about their subject choices, possible career pathways and university and college applications.
Peer Coaches are Secondary School students who are trained and supervised to help and assist their fellow students with all kinds of challenges, ranging from settling into a new class/school, mediating in disputes and peaceful conflict resolution.
Student Support Pyramid: The second tier
Within the second tier of support, students who have been identified through the Student Forum as requiring extra support are referred to the Student Support Team. It is through this process that students with more specialised needs are supported. The support they receive is in a combination of co-taught and small group support. We believe it is important that students, parents and teachers work closely together to design the form that the support will take. Support within this tier should accommodate the needs of approximately 15% of our student population.
Student Support Pyramid: The third tier
Our third tier of support is a programme through which students with more specialised needs receive support from care organizations external to the school. These students have been referred to the Student Support Team. A Learning Diversity Specialist from within the school is responsible for monitoring, communicating and coordinating their care. Support within this tier should accommodate the needs of approximately 5% of our student population.
The AICS Student Support Team consists of:
Primary and Secondary Head of School
Primary and Secondary Student Support Coordinator
Learning Diversity Specialists (LDS)
Learning Support Assistants (LSA)
AICS Administration Team Member
Our Student Support Team is a whole school team which means that all team members work with students of all ages in the school.
In addition to our AICS Student Support Team, we have a number of external specialists with whom we work on a structural basis:
Parent-Child Advisor Primary
Parent-Child Advisor Secondary
Speech and Language Therapists
School Attendance Officer
In addition to this group of external specialists, we work with a number of other specialists more specifically related to individual student needs.
It is important to note that the services provided by our Speech and Language Team and Occupational Therapist need to be covered by parent’s health insurance.
The AICS’ inclusive approach to learning means that we can accept students of average to above-average ability, with English as an additional language. We also accept students with Learning Diversity needs.