Services and Programs
The School Psychology Service at TKS
The School Psychology Service works with staff to identify learning and behavior needs of current students, and assists in the selection and implementation of appropriate strategies and interventions. This is done via consultation, assessment and intervention.The School Psychologist may consult and advise future admissions that may require additional learning or behavioral support. Additionally, the School psychologist serves as the designated Safeguarding Lead, which provides training on child protection and implements policies and practices to keep students safe, and support professional practice.
The Counseling Service at TKS
The Counseling Team works collaboratively with all TKS faculty to foster an inclusive, holistic and developmentally appropriate school environment that supports the school’s aim of creating a safe and thriving environment, where student’s social, emotional, and physical well-being is nourished. This is achieved through the delivery of comprehensive, age-appropriate, and culturally sensitive social emotional skills lessons, and the provision of individual and small group counseling, individual and group academic and college counseling, student and family transition support, and school programming support. Students may access the counselor directly or through a referral process from parents and or teachers.
The Speech and Language Service at TKS
The Speech and Language Pathology Services identifies and addresses students who have communication delays or disorders that are impacting their academic and social performance. Using evidenced based screenings and assessments, the Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) provides intervention that enables students to meet academic standards (within their level of ability) by providing functional classroom strategies and/or direct interventions when difficulties are present in the following areas: articulation, voice, fluency and language impairments (e.g. expressive, receptive, social communication skills). The SLP works in partnership with parents, teachers and the multidisciplinary team to provide professional development and consultation regarding student speech and language development.
The Individualized Learning Program at TKS
The Individualized Learning Program(ILP) facilitates student success for those students with significant additional learning needs and complex learning profiles. This includes students with moderate to intensive academic, social, cognitive and behavioral needs as well as those with co-occurring diagnoses. The ILP team works in collaboration with teachers, parents and external specialist providers ensuring a well-rounded, transdisciplinary approach to students’ individual growth. Barriers to learning are minimized by following comprehensive individualised learning plans that support specific accommodations, modifications and additional/alternative programming. To ensure students have additional opportunities and options as they move through secondary school to graduation, the following is offered as part of the ILP:
Personalised Pathways is a term we use for options that we provide in the secondary school for students in the ILP to study a modified curriculum for some courses.
Personalised Pathway courses is the term we use for modified courses that can be studied inside the regular classroom or in a specialised setting within the secondary school. Students may study one or more personalised pathway courses but a student will not be in the Personalised Pathways for all his / her classes.
The Talent and Enrichment Program at TKS
The Talent and Enrichment Program embodies the commitment and responsibility to Talent and Enrichment (TAEP) students to provide opportunities and experiences to maximize their high potential and allow them to flourish, thrive, and create. TAEP strives to identify students who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields compared to their same-age peers. Challenges and stimulation are provided continually through the development and implementation of services both inside and outside the general education classroom. Services for TAEP students are an integral part of The KAUST school educational program.
Appropriate educational opportunities for these students should meet their unique academic, creative, and social-emotional needs to develop and help them realize their potential. Students whose abilities and talents are exceptional should be met with specialized learning opportunities commensurate with their needs. TAEP students are a diverse group with varied abilities and needs and require a range of service options.
Talent and Enrichment services are integrated within the TKS system via collaborative efforts amongst administrators, talent and enrichment coordinator, classroom teachers, learning support teachers, support staff, parents, and the KAUST community, including robust, comprehensive, and on-going staff professional development regarding the unique social, emotional and academic needs of highly able learners.
The Learning Support Service at TKS
Learning Support Services (LSS) are available to students who may benefit from additional support in one or more academic areas. These services can be accessed by a referral process which incorporates collecting data, meeting with a multidisciplinary team and identifying a plan for a cycle of observation, intervention and reflection. Students who access LSS will typically benefit from a level of mild to moderate support. Students will be assigned a case manager to oversee their learning plan and work in collaboration with parents, teachers and students. LSS works in partnership with parents and teachers to develop a range of teaching and learning strategies to assist students with being successful within an inclusive context.
English Language/Multilingual Learners at TKS (ELL)
TKS recognizes that students are learning through language whilst simultaneously learning language, and learning about language. Thus, every teacher at TKS is a language teacher as language is a meaning-making activity. TKS aims to support through translanguaging in the classroom; the use of a child’s full linguistic resource to make meaning. Children are encouraged to continue to develop their home language literacies; this supports development of English language skills and affirms identity.
At GES and GSS, multilingual learners are screened on admission to determine eligibility for ELL support. TKS uses the WIDA framework as a driver of equity for multilingual learners in curriculum, instruction and assessment. The WIDA English Language Development Standards frame language and content integration. Key Language Uses identify prominent language uses across disciplines and Language Expectations identify goals for content-driven language learning. This information is used to scaffold and differentiate learning outcomes for multilingual learners. The WIDA Model assessment is used for assessment and monitoring of multilingual learners. The W-APT is used to screen multilingual learners prior to entry into grade 1.
In GES, Multilingual learners identified as new to English, have individualized or small-group instructional support both inside and outside the mainstream classroom. Emerging language learners receive small group Literacy instruction to develop reading and writing skills. In GSS, grade 6-8 students with early English Language proficiency receive small group English Language Enrichment instruction in place of world languages, whilst recognising the importance and connection language has to culture, and encouraging students to continue to develop their home language literacies; while they work on refining their English language skills at school. In grade 9 students are placed in the Language and Literature class which is co-taught by the subject teacher and the academic language support teacher or throughout the school, staff have access to the teacher development courses offered by Lexis Education, offered by in-house trainers (ELL Inclusion Coordinator and NELL teacher). Support with scaffolding instruction for English Language Learners, is available to staff individually, and at grade-level planning meetings. The document ‘Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning’ describes the above ways of working in more detail.