Curriculum: National Curriculum for England combined with the International Primary Curriculum
Enrolment: Five to eight years (Reception to Grade 3)
Number of students:
Fees: $15,000-17,000 (mainstream); $30,000 (special support programme)
Facilities: Indoor therapy gym, occupational, speech and language therapy rooms, and indoor play areas
Admission criteria: School assessment
Teacher-student ratios: 1:4
Dynamics International School is a small inclusive school offering a choice of mainstream academic classes for fees of less than $20,000 or specialist classes for students with learning needs or difficulties. This boutique school helps to fill a much-needed gap for special needs education in Singapore, where the choice of schools is limited for students with mild academic learning difficulties through to severe intellectual and physical disabilities.
The school offers a choice of two programmes that both follow the same curriculum: mainstream classes with a teacher to student ratio of 1:12, or special support classes with a lower teacher to student ratio of 1:6 and Individual Learning Plans for every student.
Lessons can be combined with speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy as required, which can be offered by the therapy centre's in-house team of therapists. The school also offers a school readiness programme, to prepare students for mainstream schooling, and a special support programme that focuses on areas such as social skills, creative skills, computer skills, and daily living skills.
As a small school that's built on the foundations of a well-established therapy centre, it appears well equipped to offer an alternative to mainstream education. Class sizes are small, with four to eight students in each class; teachers are qualified in special education or psychology; and all students have access to facilities at the neighbouring Dynamics Therapy Centre, including an indoor therapy gym, indoor play areas, and occupational, speech, and language therapists.
There's a teacher to child ratio of 1:4 or 1:1 depending on the child’s ability.
Yael Sasson, Director of Dynamics International School, says:
"The Singapore landscape has very few schools who are addressing the current demand of special educational needs inclusion in a mainstream setting. Even fewer have a full range of in-house expertise relating to occupational therapy, speech therapy, educational therapy, psychologists, early intervention and physiotherapy, which we can organise in a timely manner depending on student's needs.
“Students who enrol in Dynamics International School will be able to receive support in their educational journey as needed; establishing skills and confidence to be ready for mainstream setting in a large classroom or being supported in learning mainstream curriculum while addressing individual’s educational needs or having an alternative curriculum to address functional skills in communication and daily living skills with close therapists’ support.”
Read the full review of Dynamics International School here.
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