Student Support

 

CMIS Student Success Department (SSD):

We work cooperatively with teachers, parents, and school administrators on issues affecting students’ ability to succeed personally, socially, and academically at CMIS and beyond.  The school provides learning support to help students with diagnosed mild to moderate learning needs succeed at CMIS.  Support services are not intended to provide an alternative course of study; rather, to help students who are struggling academically more fully participate in general education classes.  Classroom teachers and Learning Support Specialists work together closely to meet student needs, which may include tutoring, explicit skills instruction, or assistance with study habits and organization.  Learning support is provided through direct support in class, in small groups, through one-to-one teaching; or according to the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Student Support Plan, or 504 Plan.


CMIS ESL (English as a Second Language) Program:

Our admissions process identifies those students who will benefit from additional support in English, but we believe that all students will more successfully learn academic language in all subjects through an immersive academic English teaching approach. Through cooperative planning and teaching, use of universal design in classroom and curricular lessons and materials as well as classroom assistance provided by specialist teachers and instructional assistants, we believe that most students will experience faster learning across all subjects because they spend more time in the regular classroom. Small group or 1:1 teaching for students identified as needing additional support is generally provided in the classroom but focused teaching on fundamental English language skills may be taught in a separate classroom as needed.

CMIS recognizes the importance of supporting student's social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.  In addition to caring teachers and a curriculum that includes character education, CMIS has a specific team of educators whose focus is to support student needs in these important areas. The team consists of learning support specialists, guidance counselors (Elementary, Middle School, and High School), a health officer, school nurses, volunteer coaches, and a spiritual advisor. This team works alongside teachers and administrators to assist and encourage students in reaching their full academic and personal potential.  

At CMIS, we recognize that each person is loved and valued by God. Our school endeavors to build character and stimulate students to develop and use their gifts, while recognizing, appreciating, and encouraging the gifts of others. At CMIS, students can learn and grow in a diverse environment that fosters respect for all.