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Student support

Beyond our homeroom teachers, we have a caring team of specialists to help tend to the academic, social-emotional, and physical well-being of students. To learn more about the various student support services offered, please read the information below or select one of the tabs in the left column.

Learning Support

While we strive to appropriately challenge students in our vibrant learning community, we realize that support is sometimes necessary to help each individual realize their potential. Learning support services are provided in each of our divisions by specialists who offer a range of services including in-class support or small group instruction. Additionally, the learning support specialists provide on-going consultation to the team of teachers they are assigned to.

Our learning support services help students with learning challenges to become more independent learners. Specialists help students to strengthen their work habits and work on the remediation of skills so that students can benefit from the school curriculum. Classroom and learning support teachers work with parents to address the specific needs of our students. In some cases, students require short-term interventions or accommodations and are offered learning support for up to a semester. When students require learning support over a longer period of time, we create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). All our students with an ILP receive more intensive support.

The way we support our students varies depending on their grade and specific needs. In the lower elementary school, students with learning challenges are often taken out of class to work in small groups. Limited in-class support can be provided as appropriate. In the upper elementary school through to grade 8, our students primarily receive support within their classroom through a co-teaching model. However, there are some additional small group sessions available to our students in grades 3 to 8. In the High School, all students who follow an ILP and some students who are working on short-term intervention plans, are assigned to a guided study class. A guided study class provides an opportunity for our students to receive help with skill-building and work habits in the context of assignments from subject classes.

To read our learning support policy, please click here.

Language Support

Our students come from a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, with more than 50 different nationalities represented in our diverse student body.

Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program aims to ensure students can access and benefit from our curriculum. Our EAL program is a “sheltered immersion" program. This means that students develop their English language skills in the context of the regular curriculum. EAL specialists along with the classroom teachers support the development of English language skills for all students. There is an expectation that all teachers at ISB receive on-going training in SIOP (Sheltered Immersion Observation Protocol), as developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics. EAL specialists primarily work in regular classrooms in grades 1- 8 with additional pull-out sessions for some identified students. High School EAL support is provided through an additional class along with specialist consultation with subject area teachers.

Language Policy @ ISB

To read our language support policy, please click here.

Speech and Language Services

Our speech and language pathologist (SLP) works with students who experience difficulty with communication. The SLP provides assessment, teacher/parent consultation and intervention services for elementary division students. The SLP provides assessment and consultation services to students in the middle and high school divisions, but will typical refer to private agencies if direct intervention is recommended.


We have a dedicated team of school counselors in all three divisions who offer classroom guidance lessons, transition program, and counsel students individually or in small groups as needed. Our counselors also help our community by holding regular workshops throughout the year that present helpful strategies for parenting and navigating the college admissions process.

Some of the duties of the counselor are to:

  • Assist parents and students in the transition into ISB, or to other schools.
  • Counsel students individually, maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
  • Counsel students in groups in order to resolve problems.
  • Consult with parents on issues related to their child’s learning and development.
  • Work closely with external agencies and experts in supporting students and their
  • families.
  • Provide advice and support to students throughout the college/university application process.
  • Provide parent forums and workshops on topics of interest.

School Psychology

Our school psychologist provides a wide range of services that include consultation, individualized psycho-educational assessments, participation in parent and teacher meetings, and crisis management as part of a school-wide team.


The school nurses provide medical assistance to students and staff. They are located in two offices; one that primarily serves the elementary and middle school divisions and the one that serves the high school. They are always available during school hours and for some after school activities.

Child Protection School Statement

Child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to the child’s education as well as to their physical, emotional, and spiritual development. This type of abuse and neglect are of concern throughout the world. The International School of Beijing endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child of which our host country, the Peoples Republic of China, is a signatory.

All schools fill a special institutional role in society as protectors of children. Through this role, schools must insure that all children in their care are afforded a safe and secure learning environment in which to grow and develop. Educators, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, are in a unique position to be able to identify children who are in need of help and protection. As such, educators have a professional and ethical obligation to identify children who are in need of help and protection and to take steps to insure that the child and family avail themselves of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect.

All staff employed at the International School of Beijing must report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect to that student’s counselor or one of the designated child protection officers (DCPOs), whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered, or is at significant risk of suffering abuse or neglect. Reporting and following up of all suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with ISB Child Protection Reporting Procedures respective to this statement. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect might be reported to the appropriate child protection agency, if one exists.

The International School of Beijing seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives. As such, the International School of Beijing will make this statement available on line. The International School of Beijing will communicate this statement annually to students, will provide annual training for all new ISB staff, and will make every effort to implement hiring practices to insure the safety of the children who attend ISB. This statement will be reviewed each semester by the Child Protection Leadership Team for compliance and effectiveness and to ensure that all current practices are included.

In the case of a staff member* reported as an alleged offender, the International School of Beijing will conduct an initial investigation, keeping the safety of the child at the highest priority. If it is determined that a more in-depth investigation is warranted, that will be conducted by an independent third party. Results of the investigation will be shared as deemed appropriate by the Head of School.

* A staff member is defined as an adult who is working at the school or is engaged with our students under the authority of ISB. This includes sub-contracted workers,substitute teachers,coaches and parent volunteers.

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