Student Support Services
At Mont’Kiara International School, we respect each student as a unique human being, each possessing individual learning needs. Our faculty and staff are committed to a service delivery model that involves close collaboration with parents and other stakeholders. Within the limits of available resources and within the parameters of the programs established at Mont’Kiara International School, we will attempt to meet the individual learning needs of each student.
Given the limitation of resources and programs, Mont’Kiara International School does not presume to be able to meet every need. We will strive, however, to create a learning environment that will foster cultural understanding, personal safety, emotional well-being and active engagement in an academic program that will promote growth for each of our students.
English as an Additional Language* Services
In order to best meet the needs of our Elementary School students who are in the process of learning English, we will - starting August 2016 - be implementing a mixed delivery model. Rather than either a pull-out or push-in model, we will provide our students with a flexible combination of instructional support based on their individual language learning needs.
In the Middle and High Schools, EAL students in Grades Six through Ten receive three eighty five minute blocks of EAL per six day cycle. The EAL teacher works in close collaboration with teachers. EAL lessons in the Middle and High Schools allow for a combination of formal EAL instruction and work time for students to practice the English language components of each subject area
* Prior to August 2016, our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program was known as the English Language Learner (ELL) program.
Literacy Support/Learning Support
The MKIS Literacy Support Programme [Kindergarten - Grade Five] and Learning Support Programme [Grade Six - 12] serve students who present with a variety of learning needs. M’KIS does not provide a full special education program; however we are able to support students with mild learning differences.
In the Elementary School, (Kindergarten to Grade Five) our three Literacy Support teachers service students through a variety of models (including small group pullout, push-in, and occasionally 1:1) to best meet the individual needs. For some students support is in the form of a Focus Group (typically a six to eight week remediation programme). For students who have an Individual Student Support Plan (ISSP), support may span a longer time period.
In the Middle and High School (Grades Six - Twelve) the Learning Support teacher works in close collaboration with teachers. Long Term support is offered to those students who have an ISSP. A "pull out" strategy with grade alike groupings is used for those students in the Learning Support programme. Students who enter the programme will be scheduled for an eighty five minute block of Learning Support every second day. The focus for these students is typically time management and organizational skills, with small group direct instruction occurring as the need arises. In addition, some students are on "monitor status". As such, they are entitled to accommodations, but do not receive direct services.