Since it opened in 2009, Integrated International School (IIS) has established a reputation as a progressive school with two distinct educational approaches: one mainstream and one with learning support. This year, the school expanded to offer new facilities and spaces, including soon-to-be-launched parent accompanied playgroups. We found out more about the new developments, and why this is no ordinary school.
New outdoor space and indoor facilities
The school has remained in the same building, but in July 2017 moved into a new purpose-built space just downstairs from the previous premise in the Sunset neighbourhood of Clementi. This has opened up new learning opportunities, including the Ocean Snoezelen Room, the first sensory room of its kind among Singapore’s international schools. The adjacent recreation space outside encourages imaginations to run free, while additional outdoor spaces including a basketball court, badminton court and parks are a five-minute walk away.
How students learn
The Integrated International School lives up to its name by supporting students through an integrated and inclusive learning approach. Benefits include a firm focus on academic achievement and well-rounded character development. Principal and founder Dr Vanessa von Auer established the school when it became apparent through her work as a clinical psychologist that many students in Singapore could benefit from a smaller, tailored school environment, which offers a vigorous yet flexible curriculum, and student-centred teaching. IIS’s international programme is based on the foundations of the Australian curriculum.
What does school look like at IIS?
The student-to-teacher ratio never exceeds four to one in Junior School and six to one in Senior School. Total enrolment is purposefully kept low in order to offer individualised learning support with a warm, family vibe. Small class size and high-quality resources also make it possible to accept students with exceptional learning styles and/or learning difficulties. IIS students are encouraged to reach their potential in a caring and stimulating setting; their relationships with other students, teachers and parents are positive, caring and honest. The school follows a January to December school calendar and is open to students aged four to 16 years. A toddler drop-off programme is under development for 2018.
Learning support at IIS
IIS operates on the belief that students are unique individuals and lessons can be modified to suit their varied learning potential – and, where necessary, they receive individualised learning support. Besides this customised teaching style, IIS offers a variety of on-site support services to students, such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioural therapy and counselling. Although many students don’t require such targeted support, IIS provides the added convenience for them (and their parents) to have access when necessary. In short, the school is looking to break the mould and redefine what it means to be successful in the 21st century.
In addition to fantastic educational resources, inclusive learning, bright facilities and play spaces, IIS is now welcoming mother and baby registrations for a new “Tea & Tots” parent-accompanied playgroup programme. Get creative with developmental activities and explore sensory experiences led by top-notch educators. The sessions kick off in October, so register now.
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