La Academia recognizes the importance of teaching the whole child. Our school counselor works with individuals, small groups, and classes on social and emotional well being. La Academia also has a partnership that allows external doctoral students to come to the school to work with students individually and in small groups.
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating focused awareness. It teaches students how to focus in the present by paying attention to thoughts, feelings, and the surrounding environment. When one is mindful, one is aware of their body’s sensations without judgement. Mindfulness is not only being aware of one’s sensations, but accepting what is.
One of the benefits of Mindfulness is that it helps one to fully engage in activities. It allows a practitioner to gain a greater capacity to deal with adverse events, learn ways to cope with anxiety, strengthen self-esteem, and identify techniques to relieve stress. Research has shown that Mindfulness also reduces the impact of trauma and improves students’ outcome.
Mindfulness is practiced at Academia Antonia Alonso as an approach to decrease symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness equips students and adults with the ability to cope with challenging situations, resolve conflict and feel compassion and empathy for themselves and others.
The goal of teaching Mindfulness at our school is to create a culture of self-awareness and well-being where students are able to succeed in dealing with stress, trauma and conquering challenges by purposely engaging in activities that will increase their learning.
La Academia is committed to bringing Mindfulness activities to both students and staff to enrich the school’s culture.
La Academia’s approach to student success has evolved as the academic community has learned from student outcomes since the conception of Academia Antonia Alonso. Beginning during the 2017-2018 school year, the Student Support Team became more strategic, structured and more diversified. It now includes the Dean of Academics, Dean of Student Support Services, Dean of Culture and Climate, School Counselor, Psychologist, Educational Diagnostician, Family Crisis Therapist, and support from doctoral externs and Social Emotional Specialists. Through the intentional implementation of a school wide behavioral intervention system created through the lens of compassion and trauma informed, the Student Support Team will continue to work to support La Academia students as they create their version of success both in and out of the classroom.
The following is a written declaration of our principles and intentions as members of the Student Support Team at Academia Antonia Alonso. These principles will fill us with a sense of purpose and will help us focus our commitment and dedication to the children, parents and teachers of La Academia.
The members of the Student Support Team are passionate advocates for the children, parents and teachers at Academia Antonia Alonso. We are a collaborative and committed group of professionals who are organized and operate with integrity, respect and kindness. We work as a cohesive, balanced unit with a growth mindset to ensure and inspire joyful, confident learners. We see problems as opportunities for growth and implement diverse approaches to problem solving. We are committed to creating efficient and effective structures and supports to meet the needs of our children, parents and teachers. Our decisions are firmly grounded in the school’s mission, vision and core values. The path for each of us begins now as we commit to live by these principles each and every day.
At La Academia, that is what we strive for- whether you are a student, teacher, staff, parent or board member, 1% better every day is the goal. We look for small things we can improve on every day, in our personal, professional or educational lives, instead of focusing on major things to change.
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating focused awareness. Not only being aware of one’s sensations, but accepting what is.
The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices and strategies that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
Our community works to develop a culture of respect and collaboration based on our UNIDOS character traits (Unity-Never give up-Integrity-Discovery-Ownership-Success).
Restorative Justice is a holistic approach to behavior that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders.