Counseling and Advisory

Counseling Program Mission Statement

AISB Advisors and classroom teachers work collaboratively with students and their parents, to provide social, emotional, academic and behavioral support to all students. Our aim is to support the growth and well-being of the whole child, and to guide all students in becoming equipped to make healthy choices that will support lifelong learning in a multicultural world.

AISB believes:

That every student has the right to feel safe, supported and accepted
That every student has the ability to experience success, change and growth
In encouraging the intellectual, emotional and social development of the whole child
In supporting cultural identity, healthy transitions, and character development in a way that unifies the entire school community
In working collaboratively with students, parents, community members, teachers and administrators

Student Advisory Curriculum

AISB is committed to the education of the whole child, and provides counseling and advising curriculum for students at all levels. AISB’s Child Protection curriculum, an essential part of Advisory at every level, builds upon the Child Protection Handbook of the Association of International Schools in Africa.

Elementary Advisory Program

Elementary students receive an integrated Advisory curriculum addressing the following broad areas:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Friendships skills
  • Understanding differences
  • Communication and respect
  • Personal safety and health
  • Bullying prevention
  • Assertiveness training
  • Life changes and transitions

Kelso’s Choice Conflict Resolution

Kelso’s Choice is a program to help young people learn a lifelong conflict resolution tool. Conflict or disagreement is normal when children get together. However, we believe hurtful words, gestures, or physical attacks are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict. Our goal is to teach students better ways to deal with minor problems and to help them with serious problems.

With this program, we teach students that they are strong enough and smart enough to resolve their own minor problems. Students develop the skills to identify problems, the source of the problem, and how to resolve it. They learn strategies to create understanding and make choices. They also identify when it is necessary to seek adult intervention.

By using Kelso’s Choice students develop effective problem-solving skills that they can use again and again. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and at home. For more information on implementing Kelso’s Choices in the home, visit Kelso’s Choice on the web.

Secondary School Advisory Program

Each Secondary grade level has a designated Advisor, and Advisory classes meet weekly. Advisory curriculum at each grade level provides social, emotional, academic and behavioral support to all students, and includes:


  • Metacognitive learning and study skills
  • Physical, emotional and sexual health
  • Personal safety
  • Profile of the Graduate 
  • Career and life path exploration
  • College readiness
  • Community based engagement
  • Digital citizenship