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Introductory Letter

Welcome to AEF Schools.  We trust you will enjoy exploring our web site and learning more about the programs and services we offer.

As the Director of AEF Schools since 2006, it is my pleasure to introduce you to our community.  Our schools provide a unique environment for students, staff, and families.  Although first and foremost, we are a school, we are also a social anchor, a support system, and a place where each student is given the time, attention, and direction they need.

We are more than a collection of buildings full of teachers.  We are educators, role models, confidants, disciplinarians, and cheer leaders.  We provide structure, consistency, encouragement, and redirection that allows our students to thrive academically and socially. For many of our students, this is the first time (or the first time in a long time) that they have made new friends, enjoyed coming to school, trusted their teachers, and felt safe.   For many of our parents, it is the first time that they have felt their child is understood and experience a sense of peace knowing they don’t have to worry about what is happening during the school day.

Our holistic approach means we look at the whole child, not just their educational needs but their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.  We believe schools should teach manners, respect, acceptance, tolerance, self-worth, life skills, social skills, and critical thinking skills, not just academic content.  It is the combination of these skills along with an academic foundation that gives our students a sense of confidence and self-worth which in turn, prepares them for whatever their future may hold; University, College, Vocational School, Trade School, Armed Services, into the workforce, or following a path of their own.

If you are still reading this, it most likely means you are on a journey with your child, a journey that is more difficult than what most other parents or caregivers face.  It means your child has specific needs which have not been met in other public or private schools.  It also means that despite the obstacles and setbacks you have faced, you are still looking for help and the right environment.

You are to be commended for your perseverance and dedication. It only takes one visit to our campus to see and feel the difference for yourself.  And if, for whatever reason, AEF may not be the right environment for your family or child, we will help guide you to one that is.

We will continue to measure success, one child at time.

Thank you,

Dr. Fein
Executive Director


 

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