KICS offers a variety of student services for the purpose of assisting students in their specific learning needs.
KICS Learning Support Program is designed to provide instructional support for students above and beyond normal classroom differentiation. Students in the learning support program often experience difficulty learning due to a diagnosed learning disability or other physical or emotional challenge that limits that student’s ability to progress academically. Students qualify for services based on STAR scores, psycho-educational evaluation, grades, and academic history. Students receive services through 1:1 intervention as well as in class support.
The Occupational Therapy Services at KICS
Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance. In schools, occupational therapy practitioners focus on academics (handwriting, attention/focus, organization), play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living), and transition/work skills. Occupational therapy’s expertise includes school activity and environmental analysis and modification of classroom activities with a goal of reducing the barriers to school participation.
Occupational Therapy services at KICS are designed to ensure students have equal access to all aspects of the school day and support student participation and success in general education by reducing impact of presenting challenges such as sensory processing difficulties, fine motor (hand function) difficulties, coordination, distractibility or attention issues.
Occupational Therapy services at KICS is provided as an extracurricular activity to minimize disruption of normal school activities in one or more of the following formats:
- Individualized session for assessment and intervention
- Groups of 2-3
- Meetings with teachers and parents to discuss a child’s school participation and develop homogenous intervention strategies across the school and home environments
English Language Learning
The KICS English Language Learner Program (ELLP) is designed to help non-native English speakers engage more fully in an English based educational system. Students qualify for services based on WIDA Model Assessment scores, STAR scores, grades and teacher input. Gaining the English skills necessary to become an academically English proficient global citizen is a multi-year process. Research indicates it can take students 4-7 years to become academically proficient. Academic proficiency requires technical language and complex writing. Our future global leaders need these skills to become successful in university, career, and ultimately in impacting the world for Christ.
KICS Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP) is designed to advance student achievement by teaching all students the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to be successful academically, spiritually, and socially both today and tomorrow. The CSCP partners with students, parents, staff, and the community to promote the continuous emotional, spiritual, and academic growth of each student. The school counseling department works closely with teachers to develop and implement lessons and activities that are preventive in nature and comprehensive in scope.
KICS Elementary School also has a Whole Child Interventionist. The Whole Child Interventionist teaches the Bounce Back program to all students and runs the Transform program.
Bounce Back is a well-being, resilience and social-emotional learning curriculum which enhances students’ capacity to develop positive relationships and cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of life.
Transform program is a play-based program developed to support the social and emotional needs of individual students.
University Guidance Services
The University Guidance Office offers a required semester-long course for all Grade 11 students that prepares them to transition proactively & deliberately into life after high school with a well-developed plan for their university education and/or career. Students gain a realistic awareness of who they are culturally, spiritually, morally, socially, and individually. Cross-cultural communication, life transitions, and university preparation are key areas of emphasis.
Additionally, the following services are offered by the University Guidance Counselor:
- Individual meetings with secondary students for university counseling (including skills or personality assessments and high school course selection guidance as it pertains to university preparedness)
- Application essay editing
- Recommendation letters
- FAFSA assistance for U.S. citizens
- Financial aid guidance (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) to families
- Online and physical resources for university search researching
- SAT and ACT preparation offered and supplemental resources offered
- Cross-cultural communication training and cultural adjustment preparation
- Annual job shadow program
- Opportunities for students to connect with university representatives from around the world
- Liaison services for applications, financial aid, language requirements, and general communication with universities
Epic, A Gifted and Talented Program
The Enrichment Program of Interdisciplinary Curriculum (EPIC) addresses the needs of the academically exceptional student in grades 2-5 by providing enrichment and extension activities beyond the regular core curriculum. EPIC students’ studies will include meta-cognition, creative thinking, analogies, independent research projects, career exploration and leadership skills. Students qualify for EPIC based on STAR scores, Grades, Behavior, Achievement Testing, and teacher recommendation.