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AEF – Our Students

AEF Schools cater to a very specific student profile, focusing on students who may not thrive in traditional educational environments. AEF Schools provides a more nurturing, individualized approach to education that addresses their unique social, emotional, and cognitive needs. This environment supports students who may not fit well within the constraints of traditional educational systems.Here’s a detailed overview of the type of students AEF caters to:

  1. Average to High-Functioning Students:AEF serves average to potentially high-functioning students who struggle to achieve success in traditional schools, whether socially, academically, or at home. These struggles are not due to their intelligence but rather deficits in underlying skills.
  2. Deficits in Life, Social, Cognitive, or Executive Functioning Skills:Students may have issues with focus, attention, time management, organization, task analysis, following directions, minding their own business, making and keeping friends, coping with anxiety, dealing with change, study skills, test-taking skills, and enjoyment of school.
  3. Non-Special Needs Students:AEF is not a special needs school and does not cater to students who are aggressive, a danger to themselves or others, exhibit emotional disturbances, are non-verbal, are not toilet independent, or who may be mentally handicapped.
  4. Students Who Present Normally:These students often present normally at first, meaning it’s not immediately apparent that they have any deficits. However, issues may emerge academically, socially, from a self-regulatory standpoint, or with life or social skills as you begin working with them.
  5. Specific Diagnoses:Many students at AEF are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ASD, LD, and other related social or communication deficits. However, many do not have an IEP or a formal diagnosis.
  6. Students with Emotional Trauma:Some students have experienced bullying or emotional trauma at previous schools, resulting in severe social anxiety, depression, PTSD, or abandonment issues.
  7. Students Without Specific Issues:There are also students without specific diagnoses or issues whose parents or guardians prefer a smaller, safer environment. These parents often seek a school that does not focus heavily on standardized testing and homework and places significant emphasis on the social and emotional well-being of their child, alongside academic growth.
  8. No Standardized Testing for Promotion or Abundant Homework:AEF is attractive to families looking for an environment that prioritizes the overall development of their children, avoiding the stress associated with standardized testing and excessive homework.

In summary, AEF Schools cater to students who need a more nurturing, individualized approach to education that addresses their unique social, emotional, and cognitive needs. This environment supports students who may not fit well within the constraints of traditional educational systems.

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