The PSI Special Educational Needs (SEN) programme is designed to serve a small number of students in need of limited academic assistance or with mild disabilities, which we define as no more than two grade levels below expected performance in any subject area. In addition, students must demonstrate an appropriate level of independence and must meet the school's social/behavioural expectations.
The School's philosophy for special needs students is based on our ethos that once admitted to the school, PSI is 'a place where we belong.'The SEN programme is designed to help students develop appropriate levels of independence, responsibility and skills in their academic, emotional and social lives at the school, so that they may have full and equal access to all parts of the PSI curricular and extra-curricular programmes. PSI is committed to using a range of strategies to support students, with the understanding that all students are served in their mainstream classes, with additional support provided by the Learning Resource (LR) teacher and/or Learning Resource Team (LRT) working together with classroom teachers.
PSI stresses the importance of all parties working collaboratively in support of the child. Parents, students, teachers and administration must agree to work together. This is especially important because Kyiv has limited resources available beyond what the school can offer.
The School is committed to the Principles of Good Practice outlined by the IB in their monograph, SEN within the IB Programme (2010):
- Affirming identity and building self-esteem
- Valuing prior knowledge
- Scaffolding learning
- Extended learning
SEN student admissions are reviewed annually. Enrolment in one grade does not necessarily guarantee enrolment in the next grade.