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 Very light and airy, with hidden lights wherever from south facing windows – in the roof, on the staircases – which seem to float with exciting banisters; 40 huge magically filled classrooms – the junior ones interlinked so that classes can combine if need be; wide passages with a mass of gossip areas, comfy seats - gosh! Terrific music space, with recording studios et al. No orchestras but number of instruments taught, ditto choirs – pupils make music outside school. Rather clever computer programme which goes red when you hit the wrong note - deeply popular...

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What the school says...

The International School of Aberdeen specialises in offering an internationally recognised co-educational pre-kindergarten through secondary school education for students of all nationalities.

ISA's programme of studies has been developed to meet the needs of itsstudent body by utilising the best examples of international curricular models. We feature small classes, individual attention, a caring and supportive environment, academic challenge, and the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. ...Read more

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Since January 2017, Sarah Bruce, previously middle and high school principal. Qualifications in kinesiology and education, with an MEd from the University of Toronto; taught PE for two years at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan (as did her predecessor), before joining Havergal College in Toronto, progressing from health and PE teacher to head of upper school. Moved to Aberdeen in 2013, initially as upper school learning support and middle school science teacher.

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Now teaches IGCSEs and French CNED programme. Nominally follows the IB, but also covers High School diplomas. Most pupils do the IB diploma; average point score 35 in 2017. Pupils get Advanced credit for having taken the IB, but it is by no means suitable or even needed by all. Fair mish-mash. Massive amount of to-ing and fro-ing; over 35 nationalities...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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