ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Department of Inclusion and Behavior Management
North American International School believes that every student is unique in his or her own way, and promotes Inclusive education.
The School’s Inclusive policy is developed in line with the UAE Federal Law 29, Dubai Inclusion Education Policy Frame Work, US federal law (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and North Carolina Pubic Education guidelines.
The Department of Inclusion and Behavior Management is committed to offer full support to students with special education needs, their teachers and parents. The goal of the department is to prepare parents and educators to work as a team, and assist students with special needs to be academically and socially successful. The department liaisons with outside agencies and refer children for psycho educational evaluations, speech, occupational therapies and other alternate therapies, wherever necessary.
Students with special needs have the opportunity to participate in educational programs in the least restrictive environment that is commensurate with their individual strengths and needs.
Elementary English Language Learner (ELL)
The Elementary English Language Learners (ELL) program provides support to students who have limited English language skills. Students with very limited English proficiency attend pull-out classes. These classes are in a small group setting where the four literacy skills are supported. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are practiced through a variety of activities. Teachers also work with students on vocabulary and grammar.
Elementary Learning Support Center (LSC)
The Elementary Learning Support Center (LSC) is available to help students who need additional academic support within or apart from the regular classroom. Students who exhibit substantial learning difficulties within the classroom are referred to the learning support team, consisting of learning support teachers and two school counselors. After a referral is made, a learning support teacher conducts a series of observations and informal assessments. If it is deemed beneficial, the student is then accepted into the LSC program.
Secondary Learning Support Center (LSC)
The objective of the Secondary Learning Support Center (LSC) is to provide academic and subject area reinforcement to students so that they may reach their full learning potential. Secondary Learning Support provides academic support for students identified with mild to moderate learning differences. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to receive Learning Support if they have a formal cognitive and achievement testing report on file, or acquire a formal evaluation within 30 days of being identified as needing the services. Curriculum is not modified, and students are expected to meet the objectives of the mainstream curriculum. Students receive support by Learning Support teachers working with individual or small groups of students.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Participation in extra-curricular activities takes equal importance alongside academic performance at NAIS. Through participation in these events, students enrich their school days.
In addition to physical development and the exploration of interests, students learn the thrill of challenge and competition, the importance of concentration, the spirit of teamwork and a sense of accomplishment.
North American International School provides a rich extra-curricular program that supports student’s all-round development, providing opportunities for students to develop talents and explore new interests. Activities include both individual pursuits and team building activities for students from grade 1 onwards. Students may choose from a wide variety of activities that can include: Drama, Quran Recitation, Calligraphy, Best out of Waste, Model United Nations, Aerobics, Ballet, Swimming, etc.
The NAIS Counselors ensure all students receive the necessary social and emotional support to recognize and unlock their potential. The counseling program promotes learning and provides a developmentally appropriate and accessible program for all members of the NAIS community. Counselors collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and community members as part of a support team that optimizes student achievement. Counselors maintain an ongoing commitment to professional growth by staying current in best practices and participating in program review and implementation.
In face of the unprecedented pace of changes worldwide with the advent of information technology and explosive growth of knowledge, our education system aims to develop students’ knowledge, adaptability, creativity, independent thinking and life-long learning capabilities so that they can be better prepared to make informed and responsible choices and thus be able to make the best of the opportunities ahead.
Towards this end, more opportunities under the new senior secondary curriculum implemented since September 2015 and multiple pathways have been opened for young people to flourish their knowledge. Our school curriculum, embedding elements of life-long learning and generic skills into all subjects, at the same time aims at whole-person development for every student, fostering their self-understanding and offering other learning experiences to support students’ progression for further studies and career development, as well as actualization of personal goals.
The Career Counselor undertakes:
Career Assessment: Involves administration and interpretation of a variety of formal or informal techniques or instruments (whether qualitative or quantitative) to help students gain an understanding of their skills, abilities, attitudes, interests, achievements, knowledge, experiences, personal style, learning style, work values, and lifestyle needs.
Career Guidance: An inclusive term which describes a range of interventions including career education and counseling that help students to develop and use knowledge, skills, and attitudes in making decisions on their study and/or work options and life roles.
Career Information: A broad term, referring to information (including printed, electronic, personal contacts and other resources) that assists the process of life planning.
Career-Related Experiences: Career-related experiences enable students to obtain up-to-date knowledge about the world of work.