With the transient nature of an international school like ours, it is safe to say that every student has experienced being the "new kid" at some point in their schooling. This enables our students to empathize with new classmates and welcome them warmly. We are proud at how quickly our students bring new classmates into the fold, ensuring that all students find their niche here at ISG Jubail. Many of our alumni speak fondly of the "family" they made here and express their wish that their own children could experience such an environment. We are humbled by their kind words and strive to continue the excellent reputation that was established years ago.
Counseling and advisory services are available to all ISG Jubail students.
Teachers differentiate instruction and employ a variety of teaching strategies to provide academic support to students who need additional help to succeed in the classroom. Some of these students have been identified as having a specific learning disability; however, we are unable to provide services for students who need considerable academic support, and the school does not have a special education department.
Counselors work closely with teachers and administration to foster a learning environment for all students. In addition, counselors provide resources to students, parents and staff regarding special interests or learning needs. Counselors respond to academic, social and personal needs of students on a daily basis. The counselor’s role is differentiated according to students’ developmental levels and needs in elementary, middle and high school. Additionally counselors assist students with transition to a new school, a new country and the unique challenges of being “third culture kids.”
The school guidance curriculum consists of structured lessons to help students reach desired competence and appropriate knowledge and skills for their grade level. In addition counselors help students set personal goals, explore careers, and develop personal excellence.
In high school, counselors can help students by:
- Listening to students in a confidential environment
- Helping student cope with personal struggles
- Academic Advising
- Referral to outside agencies for further support or assessment
- Consultation with teachers, parents and administration
- Empowering students with the tools they need to plan for their future success
Our counseling department specializes in college counseling and college application and placement. They utilize a program called Naviance to work with students and families in order to plan for higher learning acceptance and life after ISGJ.
Twice a year, we host Student/Parent-Teacher Conferences for the whole school. They usually take place in fall and spring. It is important to attend these meetings, as they represent one of the best ways for both parents and teachers to support a child’s learning. Sharing information about a child will enable us to provide a learning program that will best meet their needs.
Beginning in the 2017/18 academic year, ISG Jubail Middle and High school students have been making the transition to student-led conferences. Placing our students at the center of their learning, and providing the forum and skills to discuss their progress empowers them and encourages responsibility and accountability. Parents, teachers, and students play pivotal roles throughout this process, and the conferences have been an overwhelming success.
If questions or concerns arise at any point throughout the school year, parents are encouraged to first consult the classroom teacher directly. Parents may email questions/concerns, or contact the teacher to request a meeting in-person. Teachers will make every effort to find a time that is mutually agreeable for discussing student progress and parents' concerns or questions. If administrative assistance is required, the teacher or parent can then arrange for a consultation that involves an administrator or counselor.
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