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.
The school provides 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 do not 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.
A teacher may refer a particular student to the SEN Team (made up of counselors, learning support teachers, and administration) for consideration for Learning Support. The SEN team will also consider MAP testing data and progress in academic classes. The Learning Support Teacher (LST), will then follow the referral process, which includes contact with parents, other teachers, and possible testing. Initial assessment is done by the LST, and the ISG Educational Diagnostician providing more in-depth assessment if that is deemed necessary. If a child is found to have a specific learning disability, then a Learning Support Plan (LSP) will be put in place, and the students will receive regular academic support in the area of need.
When will the child receive academic support?
Once the LSP has been signed, the LST will set a schedule to work with the student. Typically, the LST and student work together one-on-one or in a small group. The LST works with the student in the classroom or on a pull-out basis, generally 70 minutes, three days a week. The LST will focus on primarily reading, writing, and math skills. Students will also be taught organization, coping skills, and time-management skills.
My child is not a native English speaker and is struggling in school. Does he/she have a learning disability?
It is possible that the student may have a learning disability, but that cannot be assumed. It takes time to become proficient in a second or third language, especially written language. It is recommended that you speak with the student's teacher(s)or school counselors about your concerns.
How can I tell if my child has a learning disability?
Many students will need extra help at some time during their education, but only a few will need that extra help for some or all of their time in school. Some areas that indicate possible special educational needs include the following: difficulty in thinking and understanding; physical or sensory difficulty; speech and language difficulty; difficulty relating to other people; and behaviour problems. Observation and testing help determine if there is a true learning disability.
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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