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The Learning Support Department at International School Manila coordinates programs and services for students with learning needs. The model is based on the philosophy that students vary in their level of ability, achievement, motivation and interest and that individuals respond best to educational programs that provide appropriate challenges and meet their individual needs.
The Learning Support program provides three levels of service. Levels of support are determined on an individual basis and according to each student’s identified special educational need. Determination of level of support is made by the Learning Support Resource Team (LSRT) based upon information available to them. Level of support is reviewed on a regular basis by the LSRT and may be changed. The level of support identified for a particular student reflects what ISM is currently able to provide; it is not a contractual obligation between the School and its teachers or the School and parents of students identified for support.
In Learning Support Level 1 the student is working on the same instructional objectives and the same curriculum content as his/her peers but requires adaptations to the way the material is presented and/or to the way in which they demonstrate what they have learned. The Learning Support Plan is developed and coordinated by the Learning Support Teacher and implemented in conjunction with the classroom teacher.
In Learning Support Level 2 a student typically works in the regular classroom with his/her peers but may require accommodations and some modification to the content of the curriculum and/or instructional practices under the direction of a Learning Support Teacher. These are implemented through direct and indirect services in content classes and in Strategy Instruction. The Learning Support Plan is developed and coordinated by the Learning Support Teacher.
In Learning Support Level 3 the student requires significant modifications to the content of the curriculum and instructional practices. If necessary, explicit instruction in the development of social skills or other services provided by the professionals in the Specialized Learning Support Program will be made available. Curriculum is modified under the direction of a Learning Support teacher. Depending on the extent of the modifications to the curriculum it may lead to graduation with a modified high school diploma. Students will have the support from an Educational Assistant who works 1:1 with the student to help meet the goals of The Learning Support Plan.
In addition, we also provide a Specialized Learning Support Program that serves students with signficant learning needs, which may include intellectual or developmental disabilities. Students in this program will be integrated into our regular ISM classrooms and activities to the greatest extent that it is appropriate. The SLS Program is taught by a highly trained special educator and assistants, and includes support by other related service professionals such as Speech Language Pathologists, School Psychologists and Occupational Therapists. Each student is provided with a Learning Support Plan that includes individual goals; developed based on assessment. An individualized curriculum will focus on all academic and functional areas, including social-communication and behavioral needs.
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