Members of every student life department work in an interdisciplinary manner with members of the academic and clinical service teams to promote student engagement, develop skills for independent living, foster opportunities for social interaction that build strong interpersonal relationships, emphasize personal health and wellness through active opportunities and nutrition, and promote creative development through artistic expression and individual creative exploration opportunities.
Student life at Shrub Oak International School is overseen by the Dean of Student Life and includes five departments:
- Residence Life
- Student Activities
- Health and Wellness
The Residence Life team includes a Director, Assistant Director, and Residence Life Coordinators who have extensive experience working with students on the autism spectrum in a residential setting. We are actively involved in campus life 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We assist students in learning life skills, socializing, and conflict resolution to succeed in independent living. Most of all, we work to create a family-oriented atmosphere that helps to make students feel at home.
Student Activities consists of a Director, Assistant Director, and Student Activities Coordinators who have in-depth experience in planning engaging social experiences for students on the autism spectrum. We provide a wide-range of experiences both on and off the Shrub Oak campus that continually engage students in exciting new adventures. All of our activities and trips are chosen to challenge and inspire our students to find new interests and strengths, and to continue to develop toward their goals.
The Athletics team includes a Director, Assistant Director, and Athletics Coordinators and Coaches with backgrounds in a broad range of athletic disciplines and coaching students with autism. We offer a wide range of athletic and recreational activities designed to meet each students’ physical fitness needs and interests, with lots of opportunities to try new things. We are there as coaches, as cheerleaders, and as fans!
A Director, Assistant Director, Head Chef, Sous Chefs, and Kitchen Assistants make up the Dining department. Our Chef specializes in designing healthy and exciting menus that are nutritious and that incorporate the freshest ingredients – including produce from Shrub Oak’s very own organic garden! We work closely with the campus nutritionist and the medical staff to ensure that our menus promote growth and development and that all our students’ dietary needs are met.
Health and Wellness
Our Health and Wellness team includes a Director and Assistant Director (both nurse practitioners) as well as nurses, nutritionist, health and wellness educator, and dentist. We are dedicated to ensuring our students are healthy and all their medical needs are met on a 24-hour basis. We care deeply about wellness and make it our mission to engage the entire campus community in wellness education.