Our full day program runs from Sunday to Thursday, 8am-2pm. Each Classroom accommodates no more than 8-10 students and is staffed with at least 3 – 4, sometimes 5 staff members which includes a SEN (special education needs) qualified teacher and learning support assistants qualified as RBTs (registered behavior therapist) to ensure every child receives the best possible opportunity and environment that fosters learning.
Many parents ask us “which curriculum do you use?” The answer is whatever suits your child’s learning style best. Here at MAE, we offer all our students IEP’s (Individualised education plans) and have different classes running different curriculums such as the English National Curriculum, K12, ASDAN, to an ABA classroom readiness program.
Our team consisting of our Special Needs Educators, and BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) alongside RBT’s (Registered Behaviour Technicians) will assess and observe every student for several weeks, ensuring we fully understand the child or young person’s strengths and weaknesses. This allows the team to identify which teaching style and curriculum would suit them best. We cater for children who have fallen behind academically, have learning disabilities/delays or other barriers to learning.
The team will collaboratively compile an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and BIP (Behaviour Intervention Plan) (if applicable) for every child. The benchmarks are a set of achievable objectives or prerequisite skills that allow children with difficulties or delays to work towards more realistic meaningful goals and still make academic progress! In the case of the student relocating from other countries or moving to another school, these goals and benchmarks can be shared in the form of a report with the new supporting team. We use world recognized assessment tools that are developed to monitor the progress of children and track their successes.
We meet with parents to discuss the goals set in the IEP’s every term and then begin implementing the differentiated learning strategies in the classroom. We like to work as closely with parents as possible as we are strong believers in following the same structures and academic techniques at home to ensure consistency with learning- beneficial to the student.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a core foundation at Modern Alternative Education. Each classroom has Behaviour Analytic principles embedded within the teaching methodology, ensuring all of our students are able to reach their full potential.
Our day breaks down to half academic, half vocational. 8 – 11:30 am we function as any regular school starting our day with circle time then moving to pure academics with a 20min break in-between the sessions. From 11:30 am – 12:00 pm we have lunchtime, then from 12 – 2 pm we start our vocational program which consists of Life Skills, Social Skills, Activities of Daily Living… The vocational program will be integrated into their daily schedule according to their functional level.
PE, Music, and art are important elements in any child’s growth, therefore are regularly implemented in our schedule. We have regular visits from individuals and students from other schools to practice the social skills and promote inclusion.