Dar Es Salaam - Post Report Question and Answers

What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

For a child with special physical needs, I think the school would accommodate them well (there was a senior last year who used a wheelchair). IST does not make many accommodations for learning differences, at least not in the Upper School that I can see. They are an IB-driven school. Once kids are in grades 9-12, it's all about the IB Diploma. Even trying to convince them to allow a student to only complete the IB Certificate (as opposed to the full Diploma), takes a bit of convincing. Though I haven't had to deal with special-needs, I don't think they are trained or equipped to provide services to a child with special developmental needs. - Jul 2015

I would not send any special-needs kids to the International School. - Feb 2013

We heard from other families this was a problem. Generally schools in Africa have a harder time making accommodations like this. - Feb 2013

IST does actually try to accommodate very minor special needs. Some differentiation in instruction in the upper grades can also be seen. - Jun 2010

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