Did you know every student at Singapore American School has their own counselor? We find out more about the crucial support – academic and emotional – students receive in elementary, middle and high school
The counseling program at SAS seeks to ensure that every student is known, cared for, and guided.
The school’s strategic focus includes every aspect of the child’s well being with socio-emotional programs to help them develop social and emotional wellness. SAS makes every effort to support students through the major transitions that are a hallmark of young adult lives.
Teams regularly work in collaboration to review student progress via classroom assessments and standardized assessments, as well as observational data. SAS also has licensed school psychologists to ensure that all student learning needs are met.
And they don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk with a truly diverse faculty and student body and a focus on collaborative, creative, and critical thinking. SAS pupils learn how to be part of a thriving community, ready to become global citizens in their adulthood.
Counseling services are an integral part of the SAS experience. Counselors take a proactive, child-centered, and developmental approach in working with students, parents, and teachers. Counselors teach character education classes, provide individual and family counseling, facilitate small group workshops for students, lead parent coffees, conduct entry and exit family transitional programs, and coordinate student services in the school.
At the elementary school level specifically, counselors are committed to promoting the development of responsible global citizens by nurturing the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students.
During the emotionally charged middle school years, counselors, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members come together to help students focus on the journey of transition through collaborative effort, patience, understanding, and above all, extraordinary care. Middle school counselors coordinate this school-wide effort while offering young adolescents the skills and supports that enable them to navigate the unique and – ahem – challenging developmental issues of the middle years, including the successful exploration of interests.
And finally in high school, personal and academic counselors advise and guide the academic, personal, and social/emotional wellbeing of students. Assigned during freshman year, counselors develop a personal relationship with their students in order to guide them more effectively as they navigate their teenage years. High schoolers are encouraged – and feel free – to discuss the unique academic and personal challenges they face.
Each advisory room is composed of 10 to 12 students in the same grade who are assigned to a faculty advisor in their first year at SAS. Advisory themes focus on character, cultural competency, and academic skills.
At the end of the day, the goal of counseling at SAS is to create an atmosphere of trust where students feel safe to discuss a wide range of academic and personal matters, all in a setting that helps to balance the rigorous academic demands of the SAS experience.
Singapore American School, 40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547, Tel: (+65) 6363 3403, www.sas.edu.sg