While the majority of students who apply to AEF are average to potentially above average intelligence, most of them are NOT working to their potential and/or perform poorly on assessments and intelligence testing.
The difficulties they have are not related to their ability or intelligence but are rooted in life, social, and cognitive developmental skills. Regardless of their intelligence, they are functioning below grade/age level in certain areas which effects their ability to learn, self-govern, socialize, build self-confidence, and adapt to an ever changing world.
These deficits are not academic deficits and cannot be remediated with additional academics or tutoring. A holistic approach that teaches and strengthens the underlying cognitive developmental skills along with academic instruction is necessary.