Head of Admissions Zurich International School
Your school may have very limited resources for meeting the needs of students for whom learning support is required, or perhaps you work at a fully inclusive school with a broad array of learning support programs… Or maybe you are somewhere in between, still considering in which direction to go. The fact of the matter is that no matter where your school lies on the learning support spectrum, all international school admissions departments have to manage the expectations of families of students with learning support needs.
As a leading international school in terms of inclusion, about twenty percent of inquiries to The International School of Brussels are from families with children with learning support needs. While the school prides itself on its inclusive programs, there are limits to its ability to meet the needs of such students, leading to the difficult tasks of running waiting lists or denying applicants. Over the past few years, the Admissions Department at ISB has learnt a number of lessons about admissions and learning support that we would like to share with you here.
1 The more inclusive your school is, the more challenging your job is
3 Speak with a common voice
5 Collaborate with learning support staff regularly
7 Consider the delicate balance between marketing the school and managing expectations
9 Deliver decisions in a timely, professional manner
2 Know learning support at your school inside out
4 Detect needs early
6 Strive to get real-time data on numbers
8 Confront non-disclosure – but don’t make assumptions about it
10 Know the local community
What is an Inclusive School?
“Inclusive schools successfully serve a managed number of students representing the full range of learning differences: mild, moderate, intensive and those of the exceptionally able.”
Next Frontier Inclusion (NFI)