Student Support Services
IST offers student support services to ensure that each student is given the opportunity to utilize and develop their academic abilities and talents to the best of their ability. All students are supported to reach their potential.
The English Language Learner (ELL) programme is designed to provide students with the reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills to become confident English learners, both academically and socially.
Our specialist ELL teachers confer regularly with each classroom or subject teachers, and with parents to discuss the student progress. ELL teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to ensure that the individual needs of students are met. During the first weeks of school students are tested using an internationally recognized assessment tool, and following this testing, benchmarks are set which define each grade level goals.
Learning Support Programme
Learning Support Programme (LS) is designed to meet the needs of those students who would benefit from a more individualized approach to maximize their academic success at IST.
The objective of the programme is for students to take advantage of their academic strengths and use them to provide broader and more meaningful educational programmes. Individual Education Plans (IEPs), or Action Plans are designed for each student, outlining learning targets and listing the specific plans, accommodations, and resources that will be used to attain them.
Learning Support teachers will also work with those students who would benefit from accelerated programming. Students identified as gifted in certain areas may also be enrolled in Learning Support, affording them the opportunities to explore, challenge, and further their academic goals and achievements.
Part of the focus of the Learning Support programme is the cognitive constructs that contribute to and impact their learning potential. These neurodevelopmental constructs (memory, language, attention, motor skills, and more) are significant determinants in the development, progress, and process of how and to what extent we learn in academic and social areas. By addressing these areas at the core of cognitive development, we look to help students improve in their academic progress.
The school charges a fee in addition to the school’s tuition for the Learning Support Programme.
At IST we authentically integrate technology into our IB programmes.
With the use of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programme, students are able to engage in an active learning approach that encourages effective communication, creativity, and collaboration. With limitless possibilities, students engage in a creative learning process, develop critical thinking skills and explore problem-solving techniques, qualities that will allow them to take ownership in their own learning within the context of global education.
There are many different university systems around the world to which a student can apply. Favorite destinations for IST graduates in the past five years have been United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, USA, and Canada.
Each system has its own particular application system and it is the student’s responsibility, in conjunction with IST’s University Counsellor, to determine what the relevant requirements are and how to prepare applications accordingly.
University Counselling in Secondary School includes College & Career Workshops, University & College Visits, University & College Fairs, Careers Day, Careers workshops, Standardised Testing (PSAT, SAT & ACT) and Presentations to Parents.
Where to find information on Universities & Colleges: The IST University Guidance Handbook on the Portal will provide you with a great deal of information to guide you through the elaborate process of selecting universities and applying to them.