Australian curriculum? Tick. Enviably high teacher-student ratio (1:4, but we’re jumping ahead now)? Tick. Personalised and inclusive learning? Tick, tick. If you’re looking for a boutique international school that checks all these boxes and way more, then Integrated International School (IIS) may be for you. Offering both a mainstream and support approach in one diverse school – one of only two schools in Singapore to offer this – the Clementi campus is perfect for those who prefer a more intimate learning environment. Educating students from 4 years old to grade 10, here are just a few of many reasons why we feel IIS is so special:
1. One size does not fit all approach
We’ve already mentioned that high teacher-student ratio, and here it is again: 1:4. Combine this with IIS’s team of passionate, creative and nurturing teachers who think outside the box, and you’ve got the basis for a learner-centred curriculum that can be tailored to suit the learning style and pace of each student. It’s precisely this approach that allows even those students labelled as ‘low-achievers’ elsewhere to succeed. You won’t find a cookie-cutter definition of academic excellence here!
2. A huge variety of support services (many at no extra cost)
IIS’s multidisciplinary team of behavioural therapists, counsellors, psychologists, occupational and speech therapists, and teachers collaborate to design individualised education plans for children with learning differences and unique needs. Using a spectrum of empirically-sound approaches, together with counseling services accessible to all children who may benefit, the result is positive and effective intervention programmes that develop students’ confidence in the classroom and beyond. Plus, a recently revamped in-house Support Centre now also features an occupational therapy gym to help children strengthen movement patterns and fine and gross motor movements, as well as process sensory information and improve attention spans.
3. All IIS students are S.T.A.R.S.
The development of core socio-emotional and critical thinking skills is just as important as a student’s progression through the challenging Australian curriculum. The Specialised Teaching and Responsive Students (S.T.A.R.S.) approach focuses on academic competence and remediation of lagging skills, while also providing opportunities for each student to develop in areas of special interest and giftedness – but that’s not all. This unique support approach also places emphasis on key life skills, including self-regulation and self-awareness, social and communication skills, teamwork, problem-solving and appropriate coping strategies.
FYI: EL online editor Emily Finch dropped by IIS for a tour of the campus recently and commented on how ‘terribly polite and happy’ the children were. An insider peek at the ethos in action!
4. A seamless education
So, where would your child fit in? IIS offers both a Junior School and Senior School for mainstream and support students, starting with an Enrichment programme for children aged 4 to 6 years teaching foundational pre-academics and encouraging independence. The Primary School Level from Grade 1 – Grade 6 provides fun and stimulating lessons to foster literacy and numeracy skills, as well as involvement in Creative Arts, Physical Education and Social Skills Training. Advanced academic skills are acquired during the Middle School Level from Grade 7 – Grade 10, alongside creative, physical, technical, and empathetic skills that ensure the development of a well-rounded individual.
5. And last but not least…
Add to all of this modern and warm indoor facilities specially designed for small-group learning, community outdoor spaces a 5-minute walk from the campus including a basketball court, badminton court, playground and parks, and annual creative arts and school performances held in state-of-the-art auditoriums and theatres off campus, and you can see why IIS has earned a reputation for itself as one of Singapore’s leading boutique international schools.
Want to find out more? Book an appointment with the Admissions Officer for a guided tour of the campus to meet the teachers, mingle with the students and discuss any queries.
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