"[IST aims to] provide differentiated learning experiences for our students, so that all are appropriately supported and challenged."

- IST's Strategic Plan

 



Student Services

Student Services teachers work with students who need extra support with the regular curriculum, either because they have a learning difficulty or are new to English. Teachers work closely with subject or class teacher to offer in-class support as needed as well as pull-out classes for students who need a higher level of support.

In addition to English as an additional language (EAL) and learning support, the Student Services departments on both campuses include counselors who conduct classes as well as offer career and university guidance to students who are closer to graduation.

Learning Support

Elementary

The goal of the Elementary Learning Support Programme is to collaboratively work with the classroom and specialist teachers to identify and implement effective accommodations and interventions that enable students with learning differences to operate independently in their Grade.

The Learning Support Team offers a variety of support for students who have academic difficulties. Students receive the majority of their education within the general class; curriculum support and more intensive small group classes are offered where necessary and available. Services may be direct or indirect. Direct services may include small group, in-class support, placement in a support class, and homework assistance. Indirect services may involve collaborating and consulting with subject/class teachers for planning and implementing of instruction, parent and staff in-services and liaising with the community. 

Secondary

The Secondary Learning Support department offers a variety of programme options for students in Grades 6 to 10 who have academic difficulties. Students receive the majority of their education within the regular class, while co-teaching, in-class support, and pull-out classes are also offered. Offerings are determined based on student needs, resources available, and competing programme needs.

Students who would benefit from additional learning support are withdrawn from modern languages for five periods a week. During this time, teachers work with students on the language, skills and concepts required to participate in mainstream classes. Whenever possible, the content of the mainstream is used as the context for learning. Teachers also provide support in core curriculum areas. This support is provided either through team-teaching, working with small groups or individual help to specific students.

Referrals can come from teachers, team leaders, the Principal, student services staff, parents, guardians or students themselves. Determination of services provided is based on several factors which could include a review of records, assessment, work samples, information from home, school reports, behavioral observations. Individual cases are reviewed regularly by specialist and mainstream teachers. IST provides services to students identified with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Elementary

EAL addresses the needs of students from non-English speaking backgrounds who are still in the process of developing interpersonal and academic English language skills. The goal of the EAL programme is to facilitate English language learning so that as soon as possible students are empowered to operate independently, within their general classroom, at a level that reflects their age and ability.

Secondary

The goal of the EAL programme is the integration of the individual student into the school language and culture, whilst still promoting and facilitating as far as possible the maintenance of the home language and culture. It aims to develop the student’s ability to communicate effectively in English in both academic and social situations.

Students receive the majority of their education within the regular class. EAL operates as a pull-out model with in-class support. Students scheduled for EAL pull-out class attend this class in place of a Modern Language. EAL class, like all other classes, meets five times in a ten-day cycle. During this time teachers work with students on the language, skills and concepts required to participate in mainstream classes and to function socially within the school and wider community.

In withdrawal classes, EAL teachers also raise awareness of grammatical patterns and focus on the more cognitively demanding skills of reading and writing. Whenever possible, the content of the mainstream is used as the context for learning, so that students can concurrently study the English language and subject matter.

The scope and sequence of language presentation and content is dictated by the mainstream curriculum and student’s individual needs. Teachers also provide support in core curriculum areas. This support is provided either through team-teaching, working with small groups or individual help to specific students. Individual cases are reviewed regularly by specialist and mainstream teachers and support programmes are adjusted accordingly.


Counselling and Guidance

Elementary 

The Counseling Department has a variety of student centered programs that engage students in learning about who they are and helping them understand their role as community members at IST. The programmes deal with conflict resolution, developing pro-social skills and promoting each child's self-confidence and self-regulation. Look for signs of these programmes in your child's classroom and around campus:

  • Second Step
  • Classroom Meetings
  • Kelso’s Choices

Secondary

IST offers counseling services to students and families through preventative and responsive services as well as consultation. The aim of the counseling program is to enhance the development of the whole child. Areas focus on personal, social, emotional, career, academic and college planning. All students attend one health and social education (HSE) lesson during the 10-day cycle that reinforces the IBO philosophy. Counseling groups are established on an as-needs basis. Counselors also conduct parent and staff workshops. Students may be referred to the counselors by any concerned party: teachers, family members, other students, administration and self-referral.

In addition, IST's counselors play an active role in career and university guidance including facilitating the university application process.

   
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