Rosslyn Academy offers a variety of services to students in order to fulfill the mission statement: “to inspire and equip each student to develop their God-given gifts for Christ-like service in the world community.” An advisory body consisting of all the personnel mentioned below is called the Student Life Network. This body meets regularly in order to enable mutual support and to best assist “at risk” students through consulting with the various support services to create a plan of intervention. The Student Life Network functions to insure that a holistic view of each student is considered, and to coordinate services and efforts. The Student services offered at Rosslyn are described in detail below.
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Services
Rosslyn Academy has several personnel designated to provide students with spiritual and mentoring support, and all Rosslyn teachers view discipleship of students as part of their role. Additionally, the Elementary School, the part-time chaplain helps organize a weekly chapel service. There are two full-time Chaplains to serve the Middle and High School students and staff. In Middle School and High School, the students attend a weekly chapel service and take Christian Religious Education classes. In addition, High School students are offered an optional weekly small group/discipleship meeting for both the boys and girls. The two full-time chaplains in High School also organize and lead a yearly junior/senior boys’ integrity retreat, a junior/senior girls’ integrity retreat and Spiritual Emphasis Week.
The Guidance Office consists of one full time high school Guidance Counselor and one part time Guidance Counselor. They are available to assist high school students (grades 9-12) with scheduling and course selection, as well as work through their current academic concerns. Parents are welcome to inquire about their child’s academic progress. They may also arrange meetings with teachers, with the assistance of a Guidance Counselor.
The Guidance Counselors are also available to help students in making their college and post-secondary plans. University planning events are held each semester to assist parents and students as they navigate the college application and planning process. The Guidance Office offers an up-to-date library of college/university and career materials and also provides a computer where students may come to work on their applications or browse university websites. Each year, numerous college representatives from around the world visit the Rosslyn campus to meet with our students and parents and are available to answer questions and provide first-hand information. A yearly College and Career Day is held for high school students. Students are given the opportunity to meet with a variety of speakers and college representatives to research post-secondary options.
Rosslyn Academy is a testing center for the SAT (SAT I), SAT Subject (SAT II), ACT, and AP exams. Registration for the SAT must be done through LTS (firstname.lastname@example.org, 020-232-5834) or online at sat.collegeboard.org. Registration for ACT must be done online at www.actstudent.org. Advanced Placement (AP) exams are taken through the school and payment is made directly to Rosslyn. Universities may require the TOEFL (Test of English Fluency) exam for international students. Registration and testing information regarding the TOEFL can be obtained by contacting LTS (see phone number above).
The Guidance Office internally administers standardized tests each year for the high school, including PSAT testing for grades 9-11. Registration for the PSAT is done internally through the counseling office; no external registration is needed. These tests are taken during the school day.
Rosslyn provides learning support (special education) services for students with mild to moderate learning needs. Students must be able to participate in a mainstream regular education classroom (and in high school, a college preparatory curriculum), given accommodations and pullout/inclusion services to work on academic skills. The learning support department consists of a department head, the equivalent of two full-time Elementary specialists, 1.5 full time Middle School Specialists, and 1 full time High School Specialist. Typical disabilities served at Rosslyn include reading disability/dyslexia, math disability, dysgraphia, ADHD, speech and/or language disorder, etc. No additional program fees are charged for any Learning Support services. For further information, please see the Learning Support Handbook:
English Language Learners
An English Language Learner (ELL) is someone who is learning the English language in addition to their own first language. The purpose of the Rosslyn Academy ELL program is to support ELL students as they acquire linguistic skills that will help them participate fully at school, both academically and socially. This program also supports core subject teachers of ELL students as they differentiate teaching methods and assignments for ELL students. The High School also offers a Transitional English class for ELL students to ensure a smooth transition into the upper level English classes in grades 11 and 12. There are three ELL teachers on staff. For further information, please see the Learning Support Handbook:
Transition Care Services
The Transition Care program at Rosslyn Academy exists to work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents to facilitate smooth transitions to a new school or culture as well as between grade placements. The transition program at Rosslyn Academy is managed by the Transition Coordinator and the transition team. The transition team consists of the Transition Coordinator, High School and Middle School Chaplain, and the Counseling Department. This team works in conjunction with the Principals in each school, the Student Life Network, and the Guidance Department to ensure that incoming and transitioning students receive the appropriate services and support during their time at Rosslyn.
We offer support and events for new incoming students and families, and for those transitioning schools (Elementary to Middle, Middle to High, and seniors transitioning to university).
There are many different aspects of our Transition program at Rosslyn. If you have any questions regarding our Transition program, please contact our Transition Care Coordinator, Tyler and Joanne Heugel, at email@example.com and Joanneh@rosslynacademy.com
The Rosslyn Academy Counseling Department aims to work with students, teachers, parents and administrators to facilitate positive growth and change in the personal, social, developmental, emotional, and academic functioning of students. The goal is to help each student develop his/her God-given gifts for Christ-like service in the world community by addressing their emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs.
The Counseling Department works closely with the Learning Support Team, Chaplaincy Department, Transition Care,Guidance Office and school Principals to implement and coordinate interventions that will help students reach their potential. In addition, the Counselors serve as consultants for teachers and administrators who are working with students who may be struggling with academic, social or emotional problems. At times, the counselors will assist the Learning Support Department to create Behavioral Intervention Plans as well as 504 accommodation plans for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.
The Counseling Department consists of 2 counselors: Elementary Counselor and our Psychologist-in-Residence who works primarily in the Middle and High School. Students may request an appointment with the counselor on their own, or they may be referred through their teachers, parents, and administrators.
In addition to providing individual care for students, the counseling department is active in other areas that affect the school community, including Child Safety and Protection.
The Rosslyn Guidance office works to maintain a list of available tutors for students interested in hiring a tutor for academic help. Students are encouraged to talk first with their classroom teacher, then with their guidance counsellor if they feel this is an arrangement they would like to pursue.
Child Safety & Protection
Rosslyn Academy believes that the safety of the children in our community is a priority. As a result, we have memberships with two different child protection networks:
Child Protection & Advocacy Network – a network of international schools in Nairobi that work together to provide support and resources on child safety issues.
Child Safety & Protection Network – an international body that aids schools and organizations in developing procedures that follow best practices.
Rosslyn works to train both staff members, parents and students on our child safety policies and ways in which we can help keep our students safe. Additionally, we have a policy that guides the counseling department and administration in managing situations that might arise.