Middle School Student Support Services

Through counseling, English Language Support and Learning Support, the AISC Middle School endeavors to support all students’ needs.

Middle School Counseling

The AISC Middle School Counseling program supports the academic mission of AISC through a comprehensive and developmental approach to meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.

AISC Counselors
  • Support the school’s mission and beliefs.
  • Provide strength-focused, comprehensive and developmental counseling services for all students.
  • Foster holistic development of each student.
  • Work in partnership with students, families, faculty, and staff.
  • Value personal diversity within a global context.
We believe that all students
  • Have the right to a caring adult professional advocate at school.
  • Have the right to feel safe, supported, and accepted in school.
  • Are capable of success.
  • Are capable of change and growth.
Middle School Services
  • Academic, personal, and social/emotional counseling
  • Parent Information Sessions
  • Consultation with parents, teachers and administrators
  • Transition support for students and families moving to Middle School
  • Transition support for students and families entering or leaving AISC
  • Middle School Advisory Program
  • Student Ambassador Program
  • Student Support Team
  • Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) program
  • Crisis Intervention

The Middle School Counseling program provides support to students and families in grades 6-8. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our counselor, Ms. Gretchen Galaty

Gretchen Galaty

AISC also employs a full time School Psychologist that provides short term focused counseling, manages our student protection curriculum and interprets psycho-educational testing as needed.

Michele Ness
School Psychologist
English Language Support

The American International School Chennai is proud to host a large population of students from different countries, cultures and language backgrounds. A significant number of students at the school speak a language other than English at home. The teachers in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department support English language acquisition.

The EAL Department is committed to excellence in delivering inclusive services to all English Language Learners. EAL teachers provide support to differentiate instruction based on student needs, so that students are able to demonstrate mastery of content. Our goal is to support student development in English for academic and social success while encouraging the continued growth of the home language and maintaining cultural identity. We value all students as members of our diverse, multilingual learning community.

In addition, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes are offered. Eligible students have the option of taking EAP classes in lieu of French and Spanish courses. Upon admission to the school, non-native speakers are administered the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) test in order to assess and monitor English language development. Students are advised to enroll in EAP coursework dependent on their score on the WIDA test.

Learning Support Services

At AISC, we strive to provide an appropriately inclusive learning environment for all students. We believes in the value of each student. We take to heart our school mission:

A student may be referred to Learning Support Services either through documentation from their previous school or through a multi-tiered system of consultation, supports and interventions as a response to student need. The LSS Teacher works closely with School’s Counselors, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist, as well as the student’s Teachers and Administrators to best meet the student’s needs. At times, a full psycho-educational assessment may be required to help ascertain the best way to support the student. Students with mild to moderate disabilities can receive support services with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that identifies academic needs, goals, and accommodations for the student. The ILP is agreed upon by a team of professionals as well as parents and is updated yearly for appropriateness.

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