The purpose of the Learning Support Team at EIS is to advocate for and support students, teachers, and parents in the provision of differentiated programs, to ensure that everyone is included, challenged – and successful. At EIS we believe that all students should have equal access to learning opportunities.
The Learning Support Team at EIS recognise that all students have a unique learning profile and use a flexible range of developmentally appropriate strategies to meet diverse learning needs. Key parts of this approach are to support both formally and informally identified students, collaborate in finding ways to best meet the needs of every individual student, monitor student progress and performance and support learners in the classroom and small group settings.
EIS does not charge additional fees for support services (English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Learning Support).
English as an additional language (EAL)
We provide EAL support for students whose current level of English (speaking, listening, reading, or writing) limits their access to the curriculum. Our EAL specialists work to increase students’ English proficiency through a literacy and language-based program. It is a “sheltered immersion” program, in which students develop their English skills within the regular curriculum.
The EAL support we are able to provide is dependant upon the number of students already enrolled in EAL at the relevant grade level.
Learning Support is part of the instructional continuum of services we provide to meet the diverse learning needs of our students. The exact number of students we can support is dependent on the resources the School has available at any given time.
Parents or guardians of any applicant who requires additional support must submit complete supporting documentation with the application. Such documentation might include an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that outlines the level of support required; Assessment Reports which show the student’s current level of performance; and any diagnosis or recommendations for intervention and accommodation (such as occupational therapy and/or psycho-educational testing).
As part of this process, we may interview the applicant, and the Admissions Committee may request that a psycho-educational evaluation be conducted before we make a decision.
During the application process, it is not in the student’s best interest to withhold information that would allow the school to make a determination as to whether the school can support the student’s learning and wellbeing. If, after admission, it is discovered that such information existed but was not provided, we reserve the right to withdraw our offer of admission or to not offer re-enrolment.