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Student Support Services

"The mission of the SSS department is to ensure that the individual needs of each learner are met. The SSS teachers are committed to supporting students, teachers, administrators and parents with the attitudes, skills, direction and resources to achieve high quality learning."

English as an Additional Language

As a school that welcomes students from over 40 nationalities, KICS recognises that some students joining the school will require language support in order to achieve competency in basic interpersonal communication and also to ensure that they are able to succeed academically.

The EAL Program at KICS aims to:

    - Develop the students’ ability to communicate effectively in English at an academic level.

    - Develop the student’s cognitive and conceptual learning whilst they are learning in English.

    - Ensure that students from language backgrounds other than English have access to the same educational opportunities as other students in the school.

    - Orient students to the cultural patterns of international school life so they can fully participate in school and community activities.

    - Value the linguistic and cultural identities each student brings.

Although students who require English Language support will be placed on the EAL program with designated language acquisition lessons, most of their time will be spent in the mainstream classroom with their peers. As a result, EAL teachers work closely with classroom teachers to ensure that the educational needs of EAL students are met across the curriculum.

Learning Support and Special Educational Needs

Khartoum International Community School (KICS) is an inclusive school welcoming learners with a range of cultural and educational backgrounds, languages, talents and abilities. The Student Support Services Department (SSS) works across the school with teachers in order to support a student-centered environment where each individual’s learning potential is maximized. In most cases, students are able to access and make good progress within the mainstream classroom as all KICS teachers have received training in and are experienced in supporting students who have a wide range of abilities across the learning spectrum.

For students who enter the school with a diagnosed Special Educational Need (SEN) or who are identified as requiring additional support with their learning, the SSS Department will work in partnership with the student, parents and teachers to provide an Individual Action Plan (IAP). An IAP aims to bridge learning gaps and better enable a child to succeed within the mainstream curriculum.

This additional support can take a variety of forms depending on the need of the child:

-       In-class support

-       Instruction in small groups either in or outside of the classroom

-       Individual one-on-one instruction

The school will provide a caring and supportive environment in which each pupil is valued.

Provision is available for pupils with ESL and this will be discussed during the admissions process.

This includes pupils with special needs, accelerated attainment and those to whom English is a second language

When appropriate, the school refers students to additional medical, counseling and assessment resources within the local community.

HKIS provides services for students with mild special learning needs including various learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and spectrum disorders. Students are expected to function in and profit from the regular classroom curriculum with student service support designed to bridge student learning gaps with classroom expectations.  Up to 10% of the entire student body can be supported within our current structure. At all divisions, teachers, parents or administrators can refer a student to the Student Review Team (SRT), a solution-focused meeting where learning strengths and challenges are considered and an action plan is developed to address areas of need.

Learning Specialists are trained in Special Education and related fields (e.g. Speech/Language Pathology) and follow a collaborative model based on early intervention, prevention and best practices in remediation. Students who have been identified with special learning needs are provided a continuum of supportive services differentiated to meet individual needs. Learning specialists provide consultation, collaborative planning, team teaching and small group instruction as well as individual remediation using supplemental curriculum materials. Each student in the Special Learning Needs program has an individualized learning plan to document needed accommodations and interventions that optimize learning.

The ISK English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) program provides language support to students in Kindergarten to Grade 10 who are still in the process of developing English language proficiency to enable them to participate successfully in the mainstream classroom. Through the ESOL program, students learn to communicate in English both in social and academic language and improve their language fluency to the level of their

English speaking peers. The support provided integrates the four domains of speaking, listening, reading and writing in developing interpersonal and academic English language skills.

The goal of the ESOL program is to cultivate students’ academic and social language proficiency through content integrated with the mainstream curricula. ESOL students build their language proficiency skills to meet or exceed grade level expectations.

Through an immersion approach, students are placed in a mainstream classroom where they learn language as they interact with other students in the language-rich environment. ESOL language instruction is also provided in small groups in designated ESOL lessons where students receive focused language support and skill development including targeted vocabulary and language structures in context as they engage with topics in the curriculum