Current students are assessed organically. Teachers are constantly assessing their students throughout the year. SAES has an established referral process that teachers are able to utilize to document any student challenges or needs they may identify through their assessments.
Due to the nature of St. Anne's, if a learning challenge is identified, the staff is able to operate on a very flexible basis. In other words, the staff is able to support the student in a way that best benefits the student. The support can be in the form of one-on-ones, small groups, or in the classroom .
The support given to students with emotional needs vary based on the individual child and what will best service them. Some students will receive one-on-one therapy sessions outside of the classroom while others may be observed within the classroom so that a plan can be developed with the teacher and parents to help the student learn self emotional regulation.
Here at St. Anne's we believe the communication and partnership between the teachers and parents is crucial to student success. We value the input, support, and overall collaboration from our parents.
Teachers use various platforms such as SEESAW and Google Classroom to keep in constant communication with parents. When there are specific concerns teachers directly contact parents to discuss what is occurring and develop a plan to ensure their student's success.
Communication on both student challenges and successes is constantly ongoing throughout the child's time at St. Anne's.
Similarly to when a learning challenge is identified, teachers will reach out to the learning support staff when they believe there is a student who needs more of an academic challenge. In most cases, teachers already have extension programs in place for these students needing to be challenged to further push them beyond the standard content.
It is important to us that all of our students are engaged at all times.
The learning support team frequently meets with our teachers to help coach them to meet the students where they are and take them as far as they can. Here at St. Anne's we acknowledge that within the classroom students are at different developmental stages in their learning. Our teachers are given the tools to ensure that these students, though differing in abilities, are able to be successful.
Due to St. Anne's being an independent school, we do not keep formalized IEPs. However, we do honor the process of identifying students with learning differences and/or challenges. We do everything we can to meet the needs of the student just as an IEP or 504 would.
If the student enters the admission process with a pre-existing IEP or 504, our staff will review the plans and consult with one another, speak with parents, visit the current school, and take other necessary measures to ensure we can best meet the needs of the student.