Beijing - School Report Question and Answers

What services are available for students with learning disabilities at this school? Please describe your experience with these services, if applicable.

ISB has learning support at all grade levels for students with mild to severe learning needs. There is both push in and pull out learning support. Additionally, there is a Life Centered Education (LCE) classroom that is now in its third year. Students with Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and on the autism spectrum have been individually supported and brought together to form community with one another as well as included with their same age peers whenever possible. Our son takes his core subjects 1:1 in the LCE and integrates into Spanish 2, Choir and a special Science class formed for him and one other student who is mostly integrated with her grade level for all her other classes. ISB employs 2 speech therapists, a school psychologist, and contracts with Occupational Therapists to come on campus to provide services. The commitment ISB has made to learning support is unsurpassed in Beijing. The culture of the community in Beijing at large is to deny and hide disabilities so there is important work happening as students and parents see and interact with differently-abled kids. - Jun 2023

As mentioned above… all students are assessed individually and learning is catered to their needs. In the ES there is a learning support lead and each grade has a learning support teacher that works with students needing additional support, in addition counselors provide additional emotional / behavioral support as needed. The school is an inclusive environment, meaning that children with special needs are not taught a separate curriculum to their peers. - Nov 2022

WAB can provide a variety of services to students with learning disabilities, including pull out classes, push in support services and a variety of modifications and accommodations. The school works hard to personalize the school experience for each child’s needs, so parents should contact the school to see what can be arranged. WAB has well staffed student support programs in K through 12, including EAL specialists, Learning Support specialists, an Educational Psychologist and a low counselor to student ratio. WAB is also currently developing an Enriched Inclusion program to serve students with higher levels of need, beyond the mild to moderate level that is normally served at an international school. - Mar 2021

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