Student Support Services

Student Support Services

English Language Instruction and Support

English is the language of instruction at GWA-Dubai and we aim for all students to be able to read and write at level for their age. However, in keeping with the IB philosophy, GWA-Dubai also recognizes the importance of mother-tongue language development and values and supports the acquisition of additional languages.

To maintain the integrity of the curriculum as an English language program, the school places a limit on the percentage of English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners in each grade level. Our EAL department supports this limited percentage of students from Kg2 to Grade 10 who require assistance in order to be successful in the mainstream program. If a student is identified as requiring EAL pull-out support, the service is provided for an additional fee (AED 7,500 for the full academic year). Should further additional support be required, parents may also be encouraged to provide outside tutoring support at their own expense.

The English language requirements increase as students approach the IB Diploma in grade 11 and 12 as indicated below:

  • PreK-Grade 5 – students may enter as non-English speakers until mid-year in Grade 5
  • Grades 6-9 – students must be within 2 grade levels (we aren’t allowing 3 grade levels below anymore)
  • Grades 9 – students must be within 2 grade levels of the grade applied for
  • Grade 10 – students must be within 1 grade level of the grade applied for
  • Grade 11 and 12 – students must be able to function independently in English

Special Education Needs (SEN) (Move to ‘Student Support Services’ page & send to Lynne for approval)

GWA-Dubai is an inclusive learning environment that meets the needs of our learners’ intellectual, social and emotional development. The school offers limited support for students with mild to moderate learning differences, but does not have a comprehensive special education program. Students with moderate to severe learning differences must meet the criteria for admission and/or continued enrolment at GWA-Dubai as indicated below:

Admissions Criteria and Continued Enrolment for SEN Students (non-EAL)

Academic Level

(Evidenced by prior reports and GWA Placement Assessment)

Admissions Category

School Support

Notes

> 1 grade level above expectations

Regular admission possible

Differentiation through regular class program

+ High-End Learner (HEL) protocol

None

< 1 grade level below or < 1 grade level above expectations

Regular admission possible

Differentiation through regular class program

None

1 – 2 grade levels below expectations

Conditional admission possible

Differentiation through regular class program

+ SEN support for teacher to plan learning strategies

No IEP required

2 – 3 grade levels below expectation

Conditional admission possible

Differentiation through regular class program

+ SEN pull out support for student

+ SEN support for teacher to plan learning strategies

SEN fee charged yearly for pull-out support (AED 3750)

Quarterly IEP produced

Shadow TA if appropriate (parents pay TA salary)

> 3 grade levels below expectations

Not admitted or exited

Beyond the scope of the program

None

Other Criteria

Severe physical disabilities (ie. wheel chair, CP, MS, etc.)

Considered on a case-by-case basis

Often beyond the scope of the school facilities

None

Severe behavioral difficulties (ie. those that disturb others’ learning)

Considered on a case-by-case basis

Often beyond the requirements in the student behavioral code of conduct

None

For more information, please view our Student Support Services Hand Book