Learning Support Program
Embracing Learner Diversity
The SCIS Learning Support Program (LSP)* embraces learner diversity and welcomes students who learn differently. We believe that diversity enriches the whole community. As such, mild to moderate learning aid can be provided, given that we feel confident in our abilities to meet the needs of students who learn in their own unique way.
Under the direct supervision of our Director of Student Support, our in-house professionals (Learning Support Specialist, School Counselor, School Psychologist, and Speech-Language Pathologist) work closely with teachers and administrators to ensure student success.
Our SCIS Pudong Campus offers a limited-space, comprehensive program to assist students with specific needs.
*Please note, the Learning Support Program is currently only offered at SCIS Pudong.
1. How do we offer support?
The LSP provides interventions, as well as mild to moderate levels of academic support. Also under the umbrella of learning support are speech therapy, language therapy, and social communication therapy.
The program is broken down into four levels of learning support. The level of support depends on the identified learning needs and language-related therapy.
- The student receives learning support up to 1 hour weekly
- The student may benefit from accommodations (changes to the environment that enables the student to access instruction)
- The student participates in all academic classes as expected, with regular progress monitoring
- The student receives learning support up to 4 hours weekly
- The student may benefit from accommodations
- The student may benefit from alterations that change expectations (modifications)
- The student receives learning support up to 7 hours weekly
- The student typically benefits from accommodations
- The student may benefit from modifications
- The student receives learning support up to 10 hours weekly
- The student typically benefits from accommodations and/or modifications
The delivery of services for both learning support and language-related therapy depends on individual student’s needs.
Service delivery may include one or a combination of the following:
• In-class support
• Small group instruction
• Individualized instruction
The level of support depends on the identified learning needs and language-related therapy.
Support may include one or a combination of the following:
• Literacy support
• Math support
• Study and organizational skills
• Social skills
• Speech Therapy
• Language Therapy
2. What formal testing is available or required?
Educational evaluations are required to identify learning and/or developmental needs. Evaluations also provide information important in identifying instructional techniques based on individual strengths and struggles. Educational evaluations typically consists of formal cognitive and academic testing as core assessments. Additional assessments may be requested based on specific concerns.
The need for educational evaluation is determined on a case-by-case basis. Initial evaluation is conducted to support recommended services and subsequent triennial evaluations are required to ensure the delivery of appropriate services as students develop. Outside agencies in the community may be recommended for assessments.
3. How do we document student plans?
Each student enrolled in the Learning Support Program will have an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), which describes the student’s learning profile and outlines educational goals. Any accommodations and modifications are also identified through the ILP. The student’s multidisciplinary team (teachers, parents, etc.) review the ILP annually to ensure a common direction and consistent approaches for support.
4. How do we make admissions decisions?
The application process balances the principles of inclusion with the need to ensure appropriate support is available. Each application to the Learning Support Program is thoroughly reviewed by the Director of Student Support, Director of Admissions, and respective administrators. All admissions decisions are informed by and contingent upon the match between the student’s needs and the level of services available at SCIS. To support the neurodiversity of our student population and our philosophy of an inclusive school, admission to the Learning Support Program requires that all school-age members of the family unit attend the same SCIS campus.
5. Are there additional fees associated with this program?
All learning support services, speech and language therapy, and educational evaluations carry a fee in addition to tuition. Fees for learning support services are based on the level of need (Levels 1–4), speech and language therapy fees are based on weekly therapy sessions and educational evaluations are billed at a standard rate. These services are billed through an invoice from SCIS. Please contact the Director of Student Support Services for fee details.
For more information regarding the Learning Support Program, including the application process and fees, please contact the SCIS Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.