Supporting Student Learning
Supporting Student Learning
The Beacon School provides numerous services to equip its students with the tools they need to succeed, fulfill their own potential and prepare them for life’s challenges.
The Beacon School comprehensive guidance programme provides numerous services to equip its students with the tools they need to succeed, fulfill their own potential and prepare them for life’s challenges.
Counseling remains as the heart of the program. Individual and group counseling assists students in self-understanding, self – acceptance, goal setting, informed decision making and responsible, productive behavior. It also allows for consultation, referral and placement services.
Guidance classes are part of the curriculum in which Guidance Counselors explore topics such as communication, empathy, sensitivity, conflict resolution, time management and motivation with each grade level.
Testing services are provided once a year in order to monitor the cognitive development of the students using the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA).
Student Learning Services
The Beacon School implements the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme (Kindergarten to Grade 8) in an inclusive manner, recognizing that students bring with them a range of diverse learning characteristics and varying academic abilities.
Students with special educational needs (SEN) are admitted given that their learning needs are documented by an external psychologist or other qualified specialists and that these can be supported within the range of provisions available through the Student Learning Services at the Beacon School.
Under the guidance of the Student Learning Services Coordinator, the SLS team includes special education teachers, reading and learning specialists.
As the unique learning requirements of a student may emerge anytime during their school life, the SLS team also helps to identify those students who may benefit from an evaluation by an external educational psychologist or other related service professionals.
Library Media Center
As an inquiry based school, the Library Media Center (LMC) at Beacon provides an important base for learning throughout the educational experience of each student; it supports and enhances the school’s curriculum. It likewise aims to promote independent reading and life-long learning.
The Beacon School Library is a centrally located place for students to do independent work and research. It is also a learning space where classes visit for various exploratory experiences for groups and individuals. The Library Media Center provides centralized services for students and teachers from Kinder to Grade 8. It strives to create and maintain quality, information-rich materials both in print and non-print. These are easily accessible to students and teachers thru the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). It holds a collection of approximately 19,000 volumes representing books and reference materials, magazines, maps, audio-visual materials, and electronic resources. The LMC collections include: databases like Ebsco Host, information and recreational books of high quality, electronic periodicals, audio-visual and multimedia collections which support curriculum, and access to quality internet sites. These are available thru the school’s online resources.
As an instructional partner and teacher, the Teacher-Librarian collaborates with classroom teachers to incorporate information literacy skills, technology and research skills into the curriculum. In addition, she may read to the students, assist them in selecting books or suggest titles that may interest or challenge them.
Information Technology Services
Beacon School programmes are supported by Information Technology (IT) policies and services that support 21st century learning. The aims of the IT programme are to expose students to the responsible use of technology to enhance learning.
In the Primary Years Programme, homeroom teachers integrate technology into the curriculum for units of inquiry. Students learn how to layout, create podcasts and videos, and analyze survey results, among a range of skills through available software programs. They also conduct research online, think critically about reliable information, and cite online sources appropriately.
In the Middle Years Programme, Information Technology, while offered as a separate course, is also integrated into the curricular aims of other disciplines. Students continue to build on skills acquired in PYP.