At the beginning of each semester, we offer a ‘New Family Orientation’ to introduce you and your children to the school, as well as provide a comprehensive packet of information to guide your family throughout your transition to the SCIS community.
In the Lower School, new students adjust through the support of their homeroom teacher who supports the social and emotional growth of all students within an intentionally designed positive community culture. The IB Learner Profile attributes of “caring” and “principled” form our shared agreements of how we participate in our classroom and school communities and homeroom students begin every day with a welcoming morning meeting circle. Additionally, homeroom teachers assign new students a “buddy” in the homeroom whose job is to make sure the student learns the school hallways and routines and has companionship at lunch and recess times. The Lower School counselor supports new students who may need additional help in their adjustment.
For our Upper School Students, we have a devoted Pastoral Care Program designed to ensure all students, including our new students, have an opportunity to develop the relationships, attitudes, and skills that contribute to a positive community. New students will be assigned to a faculty advisor and current student “buddy” to ensure a smooth transition to the SCIS community. The Upper School counselors support new students who may need additional help in their adjustment.
Our teachers have a wealth of experience in helping new students transition into the classroom and school community. We have a comprehensive Student Support Team and counselors on staff who can help if there are any transitional concerns.