View Full Version : Suggestions for 13y US boy w/learning difficulties?
What schools offer learning support for a 13y boy who has trouble with reading and processing issues? He currently is doing well with teacher assistant in his class. Socially, he is very well adapted and happy. We could move this summer. I have read good things about ACG... Other ideas, suggestions and resources would be helpful. Many thanks.
Definitely check out AIS. They have a strong reputation for providing learning support.
Be cautious if you approach JIS. I know of several cases where families came here, learned about the support services that JIS says they offer, and thought it would be great - only to pay the not insubstantial application fee and have their child rejected with the reason "we can't provide the services your child needs." This is a particularly unwelcome disaster for families with several kids, when some get into JIS and some don't. (Because of traffic and timing issues, it is hard to send your children to different schools. People do it when they have to, but it is complicated and tiring to sort out.) Of course all this has to be dealt with in the context of a big move and life adjustments, when the family is most likely unfamiliar with Jakarta and has no local support network.
All of this is not exactly the fault of JIS, but I'm not convinced the school is as forthright and compassionate as they should be toward new families. I know of far too many families who went through bad experiences with them for me to believe that the school is completely blameless.
Thanks so much for your input- very honest and balanced
Our son (15) is coming to Jakarta and will be attending AIS. he is not in the same situation as your kid because he does not have learning diffculties, but he is not proficient in English so he will need much support too. We went for an interview at JIS because it was the most recommended school, and we were surprised at the arrongance and lack of interest when we expressed our concerns about the difficulties a European kid might have to integrate in the school (not that we were too worried, I guess we only expressed the normal concern any parent would have). On the contrary, the interview at AIS was far more reassuring. i believe AIS has other disadvantages (limited choice of activities, etc) and the facilities hardly justify their high fees. But neither does JIS in comparison with international schools in other countries.
unlike Puspawarna - who I must say always provide good advice - I canīt provide more useful information at this stage, but I do suggest you go for interviews at JIS, AIS (and BIS if location is an option). i would not be surprised if you dismissed JIS straight away.
If JIS, BIS, AIS etc.. are out of your price range, you could try Cita Buana, they have a fairly strong learning support program.
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