Learning Support is provided in each of our divisions by specialist teachers who offer a range of services, including in-class support or small group instruction. The program is designed to serve a small number of students in need of academic assistance or with mild disabilities. Individualized support programs can be designed for students with moderate disabilities.
All students at FIS are expected to meet the academic demands of our curriculum, and success at FIS is based on the expectation that all students behave in an emotionally, socially and responsible way.
For specifics on qualifying for the Learning Support Program at FIS, please download our Guidelines for Documenting Special Needs.
Primary and Elementary School
In both the Primary and Elementary School, if the Learning Support team (including parents) comes to an agreement that a child’s learning will benefit from extra support due to a discrepancy between their performance and grade-level expectations, an additional learning plan may be developed.
Upper School (Grades 6-12)
In order for students in Grades 6-12 to receive learning support services and accommodations, they must have a specific learning disability diagnosis that adheres to school policy. In special cases, some learning support services will be available to students without a diagnosis.
FIS’ Learning Support programs – in conjunction with parents, students, teachers and specialists – are part of a continuum of services that provide targeted instruction to students based on their individual needs. FIS Learning Support teachers value all kinds of learners and share the responsibility with all staff to teach students to become self-aware, confident, independent and responsible global citizens.
Our aim is to help a student improve their skills in problem solving, self-advocacy and to take ownership of their learning. It is also our goal to help students establish routines and develop strategies so they improve at being independent learners of the FIS curriculum. At the Upper School, Learning Support instruction is designed to support the unique needs of the learning support student. To be eligible for Learning Support services at the Upper School, students must have completed psychological educational testing that is less than three-years old.
In addition to in-class and small group instruction, our Learning Support offerings extend to the following:
Speech therapy at FIS offers students the possibility to receive therapy in school. Services are provided for Speech, Language and Communication needs, for example, Developmental Language Disorders and Speech Sound Disorders.
Occupational Therapy at FIS addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of activities within the school environment, including everyday learning, play and leisure, social participation or self-care skills through play and meaningful activities. Our Occupational Therapists support children so they may reach their full potential in what they need to or want to do.