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Student Support


Welcome Parents and Students!

Counseling supports and promotes the emotional, social and academic growth of all Middle School students at AISB. Counseling provides an array of services and programs that support our students. This website will give you an idea of our availability, what services are provided and what programs are offered in the Middle School.


The counseling office is in Room 307 in the middle school on the ground floor.


Parent appointments are welcome at any time and can generally be scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:00 by calling the school office at 021-204-4369. Appointments can be made at an alternative time, should these times not be convenient. Contact Ms. Frunza or Ms. Bratu to schedule an appointment. You can also email for an appointment at: sfinnell@aisb.ro

Students are encouraged to stop by and say “Hello!” at any time during the school day particularly during lunches and breaks or before or after school. Any topic and/or personal concern that students would like to discuss is welcome.

Stephanie Finnell
Middle School Counselor

Counseling Mission

The counseling department provides a developmental approach in the delivery of counseling and guidance services, by working with students, teachers, parents and other professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.

Counseling Philosophy

The counseling department supports the school’s mission and philosophy by articulating Counseling Outcomes that support the IB Learner Profile and provide a framework that guides us in developing and nurturing self actualized, responsible AISB graduates.

Counselors are proactive in developing students who are emotionally secure, academically confident, and socially responsible individuals who make deep connections within our international community.

This process of growth and development becomes a virtuous circle of inward reflection leading to outward action towards the outcomes that are ideally sought to develop within our students. Through this process, a climate of trust leading to a safe environment is fostered.


The AISB counseling program assists students in developing competencies in academic achievement, career planning, global perspectives and personal/social development.

The aim of the program is achieved by implementing a variety of measures. These include:

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) – In Grades 6 and 7, a group of Peer Facilitators lead a structured developmental lesson/discussion during Advisory time that is monitored by teachers and designed to promote the desired competencies appropriate for their developmental level. In Grade 8, students attend a counselor led Social Emotional Practicum course using Rachel Kessler’s the Soul of Education as a reference approach. This course focuses on improving listening skills, promoting inclusion among students, working with personal identity learning, Emotional Intelligence, Third Culture Kid concepts, and fostering a sense of deep connections within the group.
  • Responsive Services – Activities meeting individual students’ immediate needs, usually necessitated by life events or situations and conditions in the students’ lives. This can also be small group counseling depending on need.
  • Individual Student Academic Planning – Coordinate ongoing systematic activities designed to assist students individually in establishing personal goals and developing future plans in academics and in life.
  • Global Perspectives – At AISB, teachers and counselors seek to help students gain a global perspective and to develop intercultural competencies through interaction with the global community at school, during learning in the classroom and through various school trips.
  • Career Awareness – Activities designed to foster awareness of future career options and how school success helps students to achieve their career choices.
  • Transition Program – AISB counselors seek to help all students in their transitions. Orientation programs are in place for those who are new to AISB and new to the AISB Middle School. Transition services for those leaving AISB for other schools or are moving on to our High School are also conducted.

 Early Childhood

Early Childhood 2 to Kindergarten: children aged between 2 and 6

162 students from 39 nationalities speaking 43 languages

61% of EC faculty holds an advanced degree (MA or PhD)

52 members of faculty and staff look after the Early Childhood

Maximum class sizes of 12 (EC2), 15 (EC3), 18 (EC4) & 20 (KG) children

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Primary School

Grade 1 to Grade 5: children aged between 6 and 11

255 students from 40 nationalities

51% of PYP faculty holds an advanced degree

59 members of faculty and staff look after the Primary School

Maximum class size of 20 children

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Secondary School

Grade 6 to Grade 12: Students aged between 12 and 19

402 students from 45 nationalities

63% of MYP & DP faculty holds an advanced degree

73 members of faculty and staff look after the Secondary School

Maximum class size of 20 students

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