Learning Support and Related Services
We believe that learning in a diverse environment has the potential to confer benefit for all learners, teachers, and our community. Our Learning Support teams comprise certified and experienced special educators, Speech Language Pathologists, and School Psychologists. We also have an Occupational Therapist who provides services at ISB.
At ISB, we provide support for a managed number of students with mild, moderate and intensive learning needs. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet the needs of students with moderate or severe emotional/behavioral disabilities.
Support for Mild to Moderate Learning Needs
Students with learning needs learn best when they are educated with typically developing peers to the maximum extent possible. We are able to meet with needs of most students in the regular classroom with differentiated instruction through accommodations and consultation. Some students may receive additional support in class through
- small group instruction,
- point-of-performance support or
Students with mild and moderate learning needs who require a higher level of support may attend a small group learning support class to work on the individualized learning goals on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Support for Intensive Learning Needs
ISB has an Elementary Intensive Needs program which serves students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (e.g. Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, etc.) who require a highly individualized education that focuses on developing independence and life skills. Students are integrated into our regular ISB classrooms and activities to the greatest extent that it is appropriate. The class is taught by a highly trained special educator and assistants and supported by other related professionals such as Speech Language Pathologists, School Psychologists and Occupational Therapists.
Our ultimate goal is to have one such classroom per division, with a maximum of 6 students in each class. ISB is currently accepting applications for our Secondary Intensive Needs program for the 2018/19 school year. The program is funded by additional fees and costs the equivalent of USD 25,000 on top of regular ISB tuition.