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Student Support Services

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The International School of Busan is committed to supporting all students who enroll in the school. We celebrate diversity not just in the cultural background of our students, but also in their interests and abilities. Our admissions philosophy is by nature inclusive and we support students with learning and language differences when feasible and appropriate. We will accommodate the needs of applicants unless there is a reason to believe that the admission would not be in the best interests of the applicant or the school. 


Determining student support may involve a number of people from a variety of areas, including leaders, teachers, counselors, and support staff. Other members of the school and community who may have particular expertise in certain areas may be called upon as part of the admissions decision and the subsequent support process. Where possible, documentation and evidence will be sought to further inform the admissions decision process.


Learning Support


ISB prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive school. Inclusive learning at ISB is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. Students with learning needs are enrolled in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) if their needs are able to be met, based on the resources and services available, and the safety and learning of other students is not compromised.


In order for us to determine whether we can offer a programme of support that enables the student to take full advantage of our education, we ask for multiple sources of information: Reports of professional assessments, School report cards, IEPs, any documentation that outlines extra support/services, and interviews with students, parents, and teachers.


English as an Additional Language


We believe that every student should enjoy equality of access to a positive educational experience. We recognise that a student’s academic progress need not be affected detrimentally because of their command of the English language. English is the language of instruction and inclusion and our school provides EAL support to students whose English language skills need development.


Our EAL teachers provide extra English language instruction and/or curriculum support either in an inclusive or pull-out model. EAL teachers and subject teachers work closely together to ensure that key concepts, knowledge and skills are understood, acquired and applied by all EAL learners.


School Counseling


School counseling is part of the educational services offered by ISB in the Secondary School. The school counselor’s role is to support students' academic, career, and personal development. As part of their role, the counselor works with students to provide short-term individual, small and large group counseling services.


The pastoral and social-emotional care in Elementary school is provided by the Elementary Homeroom teacher. School counseling is not therapy. If the Student Support Team deems that social-emotional support in a therapeutic setting outside the school would be beneficial for a student, parents will be recommended to seek external counseling support for their child. The school maintains an updated list of external service providers offering various services which can be shared with parents.

The ISB University and College Counseling/ Future Pathways program provides high school students and parents with support and guidance through all facets of the college/ university research, and application process to a variety of regions and countries around the world.The ISB University/College Counselor works with students individually and in groups to ensure that they receive pertinent information and understand how to look for good university options that match their specific criteria. Regular meetings are scheduled with different grade levels throughout the school year in order to cover all important aspects of the university and career research process as well as the university application process.


The University/ College Counseling program intensifies in grades 11 and 12 as students prepare to apply to universities. Students complete individualized career aptitude, personality and learning styles assessments that contribute to their individualized future planning. University visits and fairs are held throughout the school year that allow students to gather information, ask questions, and make informed decisions about their higher education journey. Students gain access to information about Summer programs and enrichment opportunities as well as support for crafting their Resumes, college essays, applications and other aspects of the university application process.ISB students are admitted to outstanding colleges and universities around the world. To learn more about the success of ISB's graduates, please download our ISB High School Profile 2023-2024.


University and College Counseling/ Future Pathways Program

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