Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions in Espagnol)

What do you mean students follow a
curriculum that focuses on "independent learning?"
We follow the Reggio Emilia method which prioritizes student-centered, self-directed and experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. This method has proven to work primarily in preschool and primary education. This means that our curriculum encourages each student to identify as well as actively gain knowledge about their interests. We believe if students learn about topics they care about, they'll enjoy learning and also see multiple ways to effectively apply their knowledge throughout their lifetime. 

How can I ensure my child will learn if their curriculum is customized to their interests?
In college, students choose a major and take classes that support their areas of interest. However, they're also required to take fundamental classes to ensure they receive a holistic education. Our curriculum and philosophy follow the same approach. Your child will learn about their specific interests, in addition to traditional skills they need to thrive through life. 

This approach also allows each child to learn at their own pace and gain confidence about their progress. Our priority is making sure your child learns to learn, and develops a genuine desire to increase their intelligence. 

Why doesn't my child have homework?
We believe children are more than capable of retaining information learned in school, without completing hours of homework. Instead, students reinforce what they've learned through project-based work that they're actually interested in. Additionally, every Friday, kids are sent home with a Parent Assessment. This assessment encourages parents to ask their child what they've learned, and requires the child to explain their weekly teachings.

Watch the video below to learn more about why we don't believe in homework.

How does AIL track student progress?
Each student has a file/binder that keeps a record of their educational milestones. Instead of using "test scores" as the ONLY way to advance our students, we use discussion about concepts, techniques, evidence-based formulas and philosophies to determine their progress. Contact us for further information by calling 203-502-1206 or emailing ailinfo@instruction.org

Will my child learn alongside a "atypical" learners and vice versa?

Yes. Our classes combine "atypical" and "typical" learners because we feel they can learn from each other. We can confidently do this because of our self-driven curriculum and the Behavioral Health Professionals on-site. Each child--whether atypical or typical--has access to our Behavioral Health Professionals in order to ensure their educational as well as personal development moves in a positive direction. 

How much is the tuition?
We believe every child should have access to a school that advocates for their success, embraces them for who they are, encourages them to nurture their interests and empower them to love learning. That said, our tuition is affordable for all families. We do partner with the state for tuition assistance, for applicable families. To assist with the financial aid process, please click here and complete the form. (For espagnol, click here.) Contact us for further information by calling 203-502-1206 or emailing ailinfo@instruction.org

How can I enroll my child into an upcoming semester, program and/or activity? 
Contact us for further information by calling 203-502-1206 or emailing ailinfo@instruction.orgy

Director's Statement of Educational Philosophy


I believe that each child has the potential to do great things and to be a productive and successful member of society, all that is needed is someone willing to invest in them. I strive to be that someone to each of my students, to help them develop a love of learning, to make lessons come alive and to foster curiosity in my students so that they may never lose their desire to learn. 


I believe a teacher's role is that of a guide and facilitator, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. I achieve this in my classroom by creating lessons that engage my students as well as address each of my student's learning needs and styles, allowing them the opportunity for individual discovery.


I encourage my students to own their education. When students have ownership of their learning, they are more motivated to reach their academic and personal goals.

A safe and inviting classroom as well as lessons that are relevant and meaningful are very

important to a student's self-discovery. I believe that a curriculum should be a guideline, a teacher must teach according to the needs of his/her class, not only meeting standards but ensuring that real learning takes place.


I believe that a classroom can be both fun and disciplined, prevention is key when creating an environment conducive to learning.  Rules are clearly set and explained early in the year and students are aware of what is expected of them as well as what they can expect of the teacher.


~ Amarilis Rockhill

Founder & School Director of AIL and BCCA