As a community school, inclusion is integral to OYIS’ mission to empower students to achieve personal success through our collaborative culture and commitment to student-centered education—where students are valued for their strengths and their abilities to grow as lifelong learners.
At OYIS, all staff and faculty are responsible for inclusive education through the identification of barriers to inclusion, the recognition that all teachers are teachers of language, and creating affirmative, responsive, and differentiated learning environments.
Inclusion at OYIS aims to increase student access and engagement with, and remove barriers to learning. The OYIS Admissions Policy outlines the criteria for admission for students and identifies the level of support needed for success. If a student is identified through the admissions process as having support needs, the school will endeavor to identify the support required—within the scope of the physical and human resources available—through consultation with the Student Support Team (SST) and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) team.
At present, OYIS is able to support students with mild to moderate learning support needs, including the exceptionally able.
The Student Support Team (SST) works transparently with the community including the student, parents, and teachers, to provide a holistic and well-balanced approach to student support. The support team is a collaborative interdisciplinary team that coordinates the OYIS service delivery model, ensuring a fair and equitable provision of service based on the level of support needed and the referral process. The MYP/DP OYIS SST consists of administration, student support coordinators, student support teachers, the MYP/DP counselor, the MYP/DP school psychologist and the school nurse.
OYIS strives to remove as many barriers to learning as possible to allow students to grow and flourish academically. In order to facilitate this, teachers, administrators, and support staff collaborate in scheduled meetings to identify and eliminate barriers to learning found in school organization and resources, school culture and policies, in the Nakatsu and Tosabori buildings, and other physical obstacles. We proactively teach Approaches to Learning (AtL) to foster these skills in our students to support them in their learning. Teachers plan and apply Approaches to Teaching and Learning strategies in order to develop curriculum which enables all students to access and engage in both the learning experiences and the assessment tasks. OYIS also strives to foster positive relationships with the local community to eliminate barriers to learning.
As a culturally and linguistically diverse academic institution, OYIS recognizes multilingualism as a right for all community members and that bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs) learn in diverse ways. We believe that all community members are language instructors, including students, teachers, parents, and administration. Through the development and implementation of student support plans and language profiles, OYIS strives to meet the needs of BMLs through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) curriculum development. Teachers use a multimodal approach to language teaching and learning by providing opportunities for authentic assessment featuring different modes of communication. Teachers and students are encouraged to use translanguaging in the classroom to make connections with their first or best language to maximize meaning while developing students’ self-identities.
The PYP English as an Additional Language (EAL) department has the responsibility of testing incoming students. EAL students are assessed using a standardized language assessment screener. In this system, Level One is the lowest level of English ability and Level Four is the highest (moving towards native fluency). They are tested on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Based on the assessment results, and in consultation with the observation teacher, the students are placed accordingly within our four-level system.
In Early Childhood, language support comes from the homeroom teacher in collaboration with a full-time English speaking assistant in each class. In Grades 1-6, the EAL teachers support students using one of the following methods:
The MYP/DP language department is responsible for providing additional support for all emerging communicators, namely students who have been placed in phase 1 or 2 of MYP English language acquisition. A variety of support methods may be provided including, although not exclusive to the following models:
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OYIS believes in cooperating and collaborating with the greater OYIS community. Outside of the Student Support Team, many other members of the community have roles and responsibilities. Homeroom and classroom teachers create affirmative and responsive environments to promote a sense of belonging, safety, self-worth, and whole growth for every student. Parents and guardians communicate with the teams and collaborate to implement and monitor student goals and support plans. The students themselves are expected to communicate their needs and advocate for support, as well as create and respect community agreements.