In the Elementary School we look at students individually; a child’s academic, social, and emotional development are of equal importance. Each child possesses strengths and our program endeavors to build on these strengths to help each student achieve their best while they attend Seoul Foreign School. The comprehensive program also strives to ensure success should a family move and a child need to transition to another school.
The Counseling Department of Seoul Foreign views each student as a “whole person.” Seoul Foreign School counselors help students adapt to their new environment here in Seoul, assist them with their social and personal development and provide academic guidance. They utilize conferences with teachers, family and administrators, as well as individual counseling and formal testing to determine how to assist each individual student achieve success.
The Elementary School counselor supports the learning of preschool through fifth grade students by monitoring student progress and supporting student learning, both academically and socially. Through classroom guidance, small group support, individual work with students, parent meetings, child study team meetings and active involvement in student council and the PTA, the counselor stays closely connected with students and parents regarding their changing needs. Students are often found playing, talking, hanging out and eating lunch in the Elementary School counselor’s office.
The Seoul Foreign School Elementary Counselor…
- Facilitates student development to promote and enhance the learning process for all students
- Concentrates on academic, career, and personal/social development based on the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards
- Assists students in finding strategies for solving school or personal concerns
- Helps students transition into and out of SFS
- Acts as a link among students, teachers, parents and administrators
Academic Support Services
We offer academic Support Services under our two main departments; English Language Learner (ELL) and Learning Support (LS).
The learning specialists believe a collaborative approach with a child’s classroom teacher is essential and thus we work with classroom teachers to meet the needs of students. Every child is different and we aim to utilise assessment data, classroom observations and our knowledge of the child to devise a plan that will support their learning. At times, these plans are structured and formalized, often they may be short term, but intensive whilst aiming to cater to each child.
Additionally, each of the ELL and LS teachers support the elementary school’s guided reading program. We teach numerous groups of students across the grade levels throughout the year in collaboration with classroom teachers.
In its broadest sense Learning Support is literally supporting the learning of a wide range of students enrolled in the Elementary School. We have a team of three learning support teachers, all of whom bring a wide range of skills, backgrounds and world experience to this task.
Our goal is to be as unobtrusive and as inclusive as possible when delivering support. Students participate in learning support programs for a variety of time periods. Some move in and out quite quickly and others stay for longer periods. Some students enjoy the closer attention and individual success provided by a small “pull out” group and others are like fish out of water unless they are in their classroom with their cohort. Every child is different and we try to access the individual academic and emotional needs of each student, devising a plan (formal or informal) that will support their learning.
English Language Learner (ELL)
Elementary School ELL Philosophy Statement
Learning a second language is a developmental process. A student’s progress depends on many different factors. A partnership between school and home is important for the success of our English language learners. At home, maintaining and continuing to develop the first language is critical for growth in English over the long term. At school, ELL and classroom teachers work as a team to meet each student’s needs. The diverse culture and language backgrounds of ELL students enrich our school community and broaden worldviews.
In all environments, confidence and a positive self-concept are the foundations for developing social skills, as well as the academic language skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking.
Seoul Foreign School has a school psychologist who helps children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. She collaborates with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students as well as strengthen connections between home and school.
Roles and Responsibilities
The school psychologist works with students individually and in groups to find the best solution for each student and situation; she uses different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and school-wide support systems. The school psychologist provides the following services:
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
- Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
- Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
- Evaluate eligibility for special services.
- Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
- Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
- Evaluate learning environments.
- Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
- Work directly with students and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
- Provide training in social skills and anger management.
- Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.
- Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
- Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
- Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
- Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
- Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.