I believe that every person is born with a talent.
– Maya Angelou
Every learner is different. We all possess strengths and weaknesses that shape our experiences and perspectives. To address the uniqueness of each child at NIST, we maintain a strong support services programme that provides encouragement and guidance for those in need, as well as those with special gifts.
Student support specialists work collaboratively with teachers to optimize the teaching and learning process for students with learning differences. In this way, students with particular learning needs are supported in their pursuit of individual excellence. In addition to the English as a Second Language (EAL) Department, the Learning Support Centre and Exceptional Learners Support team offer students the opportunity to build skills and challenge themselves through learning enrichment. The approaches and support offered by student support teachers and academic assistants are differentiated based on age-appropriate strategies:
Primary Years Student Support Programme
- Homeroom and student support teachers communicate and collaborate to support students through the learning process.
- All students have clear learning goals documented in individual support plans.
- A range of interventions are utilized to best support individual student learning needs.
- Early intervention for 3 to 8-year-old students, when required, is highly valued.
Middle & Diploma Years Student Support Programme
- Subject and Learning Support teachers share responsibilities to create an environment that supports the needs of all students
- Student learning needs are supported by differentiated instruction, development of learning strategies and after-school support
- Learning Support teachers communicate with parents, students and other faculty as well as outside agencies as needed
- After-school Learning Support provides an opportunity for students to access support in all academic subjects
- Students requiring additional support may be eligible to participate in an Integrated Studies course tailored to meet their needs.
The NIST Curriculum
The PYP at NIST combines social and academic learning, as both equally contribute to future success. While the programme integrates all subjects within the IB units of inquiry, it also incorporates distinct subject-based lessons and learning opportunities outside the classroom.
NIST's MYP is recognized as one of the most progressive worldwide, often leading other schools in piloting new programmes and focusing heavily on service-based learning, the incremental mastery of key skills and reflection.
The DP is the culmination of NIST's academic programme, tying together all previous learning and preparing students for future studies in universities around the world. Based on DP exam results, NIST students excel far above global averages.
Additional High School Courses
Rather than pursue the full IB Diploma, a small number of NIST students choose to enroll in a combination of IB and standard NIST High School Courses in order to earn individual IB course certificates.
Open to high school students, the GCD allows students to reflect on their learning experiences at NIST and in their own lives, and be formally recognized for their accomplishments in areas not traditionally measured through grades.