ISB is committed to maintaining an inclusive school environment where diversity in student learning profiles enriches and strengthens our whole school community. Student Support Services at ISB are designed to promote academic, language, and social-emotional development. Student Support Services staff include counselors, English as an Additional Language (EAL) and learning support teachers at each school section. Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) and a school psychologist support all school sections.
Each aspect of a student's educational and personal development progresses at an individual rate. Accordingly,some students may benefit from additional support at some point in their education career and are designed to assist in learning and achievement. A collaborative partnership between teachers, parents, and students offers the best opportunity to understand a student's educational and developmental needs and provide the most complete learning program.
ISB has invested in and developed an extensive network of support services to meet the needs of diverse learners. Our existing team of experts include:
14 qualified and experienced learning support teachers
17 EAL teachers
10 dedicated instructional assistants
1 school psychologist
A private occupational therapist who works with students on campus during the school day.
ISB enrolls students with diverse learning needs (mild, moderate, and intensive). Learning support provides targeted and specific intervention for students who qualify for support. Evidence-based interventions match student needs and support learning of and access to the grade-level content.
Students are identified through a comprehensive referral process that encourages and supports early interventions and problem solving. Where necessary, the curriculum is modified for students who require intensive learning support. Students may receive services for a short period of time, others for longer periods, and still others may remain in the highest level of learning support and receive services for the duration of their time at ISB.
Beginning August 2020, ISB will offer a highly individualized curriculum for students identified as having an intellectual/cognitive disability such as global developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy etc. Students who require long-term specialized support in multiple areas and an individualized curriculum will focus on functional academic skills, adaptive and daily living skills, social and pragmatic skills, community access, vocational skills, and skills to facilitate greater levels of independence. We emphasize social integration of students with intellectual disabilities in same-age classrooms and activities with the greatest degree of integration possible.
To ensure balance and equity in our classrooms, we thoughtfully manage the number of enrolled students requiring support. The decision to admit a student with identified learning disabilities and educational needs is dependent on space available and the ability to provide necessary resources and teaching. All interested applicants should apply through the Admissions Office and provide all required documentation.
In alignment with our school's Mission, we believe that embracing each student's unique learning profile adds to the rich diversity of our school community and establishes a culture of mutual benefit and compassion where students learn from and care for one another. All of our students have the opportunity to flourish in an inclusive environment, graduating from ISB and going into the wider world with purpose and compassion.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does ISB assess an individual child's needs?
- Do I need to submit any special reports (such as a recent psycho-educational evaluation) as part of my child's application?
- Are students with learning disabilities or other conditions educated separately or within the general education class?
- Are there any waiting lists for students requiring learning support at ISB?
- How much experience does ISB have with educating children with learning disabilities and challenges?
- What qualifications do your learning support teachers hold?
- If needed, how easy would it be to find a 1:1 teaching assistant for a child requiring significant support in the classroom?
- What level of learning support, if required, is included within the tuition fees?