A Place of Support and Growth
We respect every student as a unique being and endeavor to meet individual learning needs. Our faculty and staff are committed to a service delivery model that involves close collaboration with parents and other stakeholders.
We strive to create a learning environment that will foster cultural understanding, personal safety, emotional well-being, and active engagement in an academic program that will promote growth for each of our students.
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Services
In order to best meet the needs of our Elementary School students who are in the process of learning English, M’KIS provides a flexible combination of instructional support based on individual language learning needs. In the Middle and High School, EAL students in Grades 6-10 receive three 85-minute blocks of EAL support. The EAL teacher also works in close collaboration with all of our teachers. EAL lessons in the Middle and High School allow for a combination of both formal EAL instruction and subject-specific work time.
The M’KIS Literacy Support Program (Kindergarten - Grade 5) and Learning Support Program (Grade 6 - 12) serves students who may present a variety of learning needs or mild learning differences. In the Elementary School, (Kindergarten - Grade 5) our Literacy Support teachers service students through a variety of models (including small group pull-out, push-in, and occasionally 1:1) to best meet an individual student’s need. Student support may also come in the form of a Focus Group (typically a six to eight-week remediation program). For our students with an Individual Student Support Plan (ISSP), support may last for a longer time period.
In Elementary School, the counseling program is made up of three major components: Classroom guidance, parent education and support, and individual and group counseling. In the regularly-scheduled classroom guidance lessons, a child’s physical, social, and emotional growth is explored as students participate in discussions, role-plays, group activities, read-alouds, and games. Students build interpersonal skills with a focus on making healthy, safe, and respectful choices. Empathy-building, problem-solving, and emotional management are among the many topics covered in the guidance lessons.