International School Manila

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Middle School Learning Support

At International School Manila we take a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of our learning support students. Our classroom teachers work alongside our learning support teachers, educational and teaching assistants, specialist teachers, speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists. These professionals, together with parents, ensure that we are providing a high quality education and our students have the support they need.

Each candidate is considered on an individual basis. The decision to admit a student with special educational needs is made by the Learning Support Resource Team (LSRT). Any student who is applying for admission and has documented learning needs will receive special consideration by the LSRT. The School reserves the right to refuse applications where the student appears to have needs that cannot be met by our current program.
Students accepted into the Learning Support program will have their needs addressed and documented in a Learning Support Plan (LSP). Learning Support services are delivered within the regular classroom setting to the greatest extent possible.  In some cases, an Educational Assistant is required to assist in the delivery of services. There is a supplementary charge for Learning Support Services. Currently the school offers three levels of support ranging in spectrum and intensity.
Parents of students with identified learning needs are invited to submit an application form and any relevant assessment reports or evaluations that clarify their child's educational needs.  Learning support plans (such as Individualized Education Plans) from the previous school must also be included.  The School may request further assessment information, may wish to interview the parent and/or the student, and may contact the previous school. In cases where there is no formal evaluation but it is suspected that Learning Support services are needed, the school can require such testing as a condition for admission or for re-enrollment.  The School uses all available information to decide whether the needs of the student can be accommodated within the current program. Students currently enrolled at ISM can be referred to the Learning Support Resource Team by their classroom teacher at any time.  Once the referral is reviewed, the LSRT will make a recommendation that can include formal Learning Support services.


Overview of Levels of Support

The Learning Support Department at International School Manila coordinates programs and services for students with learning needs. The model is based on the belief that students vary in their learning profiles and that individuals respond best to educational programs that are specifically targeted to meet their individual needs.

Learning Support 1

Level 1 students receive support in mainstream classes. Each student is provided with a Learning Support (LS) Plan. The LS Plan includes individual goals and guidance to teachers on how to implement classroom accomodations that address the student's needs. The Case Manager consistantly monitors the students progress and provides direct and indirect support within mainstream classes.

Learning Support 2

Level 2 students receive support in the mainstream classes and in a small-group setting. Each student is provided with a Learning Support (LS) Plan. The LS Plan identifies goals and specific interventions for students with identified needs who may require more significant accomodations and/or modifications. These are implemented through direct and indirect services in core classes and in Strategy Instruction.

Learning Support 3

The Level 3 student may require significant modifications and/or accommodations to the content of the curriculum as well as possible direct instruction in social thinking skills. Social  thinking skills training is taught by an LS teacher or a Speech and Language Pathologist in a small-group setting and implemented in the mainstream classes. In the Middle School, the LS 3 student also receives Strategy Instruction class and in some cases may also have an Educational Assistant. 

Please note the LS 3 Program is not available beyond Grade 8.

Specialized Learning Support Program

Our Specialized Learning Support Program provides an individualized education for students with significant learning needs. With lead teachers from the United States, highly trained paraprofessionals to offer support and care and a dedicated speech and language pathologist, parents may be sure that their children will be part of a Program operating at the highest level. Throughout the day, and depending on the students’ interests and strengths, there will be opportunities to attend mainstream classes – accompanied by a teaching assistant wherever necessary – as well enjoy lunch, breaks, special events and after-school activities with peers.

Strategy Instruction

Strategy Instruction is designed to provide students with strategies to improve their individual organizational, study and self-advocacy skills. Additionally, it provides students with a range of strategies to use across content areas to maximize success. This class is recommended for students requiring direct support in their regular academic program. Placement in the Strategy Instruction course will be determined by the LSRT. Strategy Instruction is taught by an LS teacher and supports the mainstream core classes' curriculum. This is usually in lieu of a Modern Language course.

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