International School Manila

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Middle School Learning 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 designed to meet their individual needs.

Overview of Levels of Support

The Learning Support Program provides three levels of support. Levels of support are determined on an individual basis and according to each student’s identified learning needs. Determination of level of support is made by the Learning Support Resource Team (LSRT) based upon information provided by Admissions, school reports, standardized testing, teachers and parents. A Learning Support teacher assigned to the student in partnership with the parents then develops a Learning Support Plan (LS Plan). This plan includes specific goals for the student’s improvement.

Learning Support Level 1 (LS1)

LS1 students receive support in the core classes (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Each student is provided with a Learning Support Plan. The LS Plan includes individual goals and guidance to teachers on how to implement classroom accommodations that address the student’s needs. The LS teacher consistently monitors the student’s progress and provides direct and indirect support within core classes.


Learning Support Level 2 (LS2)

LS2 students receive support in the core classes and in a small-group setting. Each student is provided with a Learning Support Plan. The LS Plan identifies goals and specific interventions for students with identified needs who may require more significant accommodations and/or modifications. These are implemented through direct and indirect services in core classes and in Strategy Instruction.


Learning Support Level 3 (LS3)

The LS3 student may require significant modifications and/or accommodations to the content of the curriculum as well as direct instruction in social skills. Social skills training is taught by an LS teacher or a speech and language pathologist in a small-group setting and implemented in the core classes. In the Middle School, the LS3 student also receives Strategy Instruction class.

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

Specialized Learning Support Program (SLS)

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 Strategy Instruction will be determined by the LSRT. Strategy Instruction is taught by an LS teacher and supports the core curriculum. This is usually in lieu of a Modern Language course.

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