Admission of Children with Particular Learning Needs
ISR can provide an appropriate education for most students, including non-native English speakers, students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and highly capable students. However, because of the limitations of the local professional support network, ISR is not able to serve the educational needs of those children with severe mental, physical, emotional or learning disabilities. Admission is open to those students who are able to participate successfully in a mainstream class with some specialist support. Parents are required to provide all relevant information at the initial contact with the school. In cases where ISR determines that it may have an appropriate educational programme for a child, the school may require the parents to fund extra assistance beyond what is available in the classroom.
Once the child is admitted there may be a trial period. At the end of the trial period the parents, teacher, Educational Support Coordinator and Director will meet to evaluate whether ISR will be capable of meeting the student’s needs. The Director has final discretion for all admission and discharge cases, and all decisions will be taken with the needs of both the student and the school in mind.
EAL – ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
Because English is ISR’s language of instruction, our priority is to provide plenty of support for our non-native English learners to allow them to be successful in their classrooms as quickly as possible.
At the secondary level, new students with limited English skills receive a large amount of pull-out support upon starting at ISR in order to build up conversational English and key vocabulary which will allow them to be successful in subject classes. As their English progresses, non-native speaking students will join subject classes and continue to receive EAL support during 5 periods of foreign language instruction each week. When English skills have developed to the grade-level standard secondary students are able to choose one foreign language and an additional modern foreign language to study.
At the primary level, new students with limited English skills receive a fair amount of pull-out support upon starting at ISR to build up conversational English. As their English progresses, non-native speaking students will join the appropriate SfA (Success for All) literacy group for their level of understanding, will join their grade level classes and will continue to receive EAL support during 4 periods of foreign language instruction each week. When English skills have developed to the grade-level standard and they are working in a grade-level literacy group, primary students are able to choose a foreign language to study.
At the kindergarten and preschool levels, new students with limited English skills are fully immersed into their grade level classes. Support strategies are used throughout the school day to help them develop their language skills.