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Modern Alternative Education – WSA Q&A

Modern Alternative Education – WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
Modern Alternative Education

What is your school’s Web site address?
www.maeducation.me

What qualities and characteristics would you say define MAE?
We are the first and only place that fills the gap between the mainstream schools and special need centers.

We are affiliated with Clonlara, one of the oldest individualized educational programs in the US, our aim is to provide high-quality education and specialized services in a safe and caring environment for children with moderate to mild learning difficulties who are struggling in mainstream schools, yet their impairment is not severe enough for them to be enrolled in a special needs center.

We follow individualizing programs to maximize each student’s strengths, rather than the blanket approach which is trending.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
1:1, 1:3 and 1:6, depending on the child needs.

Does your school have a waiting list?
No

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?
We have once a week horse back riding, regular PE classes, and a big our door area for the children to play in.

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How do you promote healthy eating?
No sweets, junk and nuts are allowed in the facility.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
We have a kitchenette. Students bring their own meals. We can heat them, or store them in the fridge if needed.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
8:30am- 2:30pm
8:30am- 4:00pm

Is there a school uniform?
No, but we do have a polo T shirt that is required on our trip days and community visits.

How does your school differentiate learning?
Each student has his/ her own individual educational and behavior plan. We follow all and every program or method that benefits the individual, and are not limited to any.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Each student has a communication book to go back home with everyday, newsletters regular parents meetings throughout the year.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Reports and teachers meetings are done three times a year.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?
100% support. All our teachers are special Ed teachers, teaches assistants are behavior analyst, and all our students have their own IEP and modified programs.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Each class has a special education teacher, with a behavior therapies as an assistant.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Same as the ones with learning delay, by custom making a program to support that specific individual and target his/her strength. We don’t teach according to age, but according to abilities.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
Yes, our director of education has her master degree in learning delay, and we carry equipment and materials to deal with most disabilities. Our timetable is also designed to make it easier for those with low attention spam.

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
We have:
• An individual educational plan
• No sessions longer than 25minutes to maintains the students attention
• 5 minutes breaks between session
• Fidgety items and sensory input equipment’s in every room
• Sensory room
• OT room
• Ratio 1:6, 1:3 and 1:1
• Horse back riding therapy
• Art therpy

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
Yes, each student goes through an educational and behavior plan prior to being accepted, according to that we set his/her IEP, behavior and vocational plan.

Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
Yes, we have afterschool activities for our students and others. Our social club is open to everyone as well. All based on first come first served bases.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Not yet, but we will have one soon.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
We actually encourage parents to do so and be as involved as they can be. They are also welcome to come up with afterschool activities to engage the students with.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
We will have a weekly open house and tour of the center.

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