The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is among the nominees for the prestigious International School Leader Awards in the category Initiative for Inclusion for its unique Life-Centered Education (LCE) Program.
ISKL’s LCE program supports the needs of students with diagnosed intellectual or developmental disabilities and provides customized instruction and support from a team of highly trained special educators, counselors and educational psychologists.
The program began in middle school in 2015, expanded into high school in 2018 and is being developed in the elementary school to create a fully inclusive school. The high school LCE program is the only one of its kind available to older students in Kuala Lumpur.
LCE high school student Aisha Jamaluddin Aziz explains the philosophy: “In a big school, we should all behave like a family, and it doesn’t matter if someone has a learning difference.”
ISKL’s Head of School Dr. Norma Hudson agrees: “ISKL is indeed like a big family and our mission is to support each and every student in becoming a highly successful, spirited, socially responsible global citizen. Our whole community has benefited from becoming an inclusive school.”
“The program builds our LCE students’ self-esteem and confidence as well social and academic skills. Our wider school community has benefited by developing greater understanding, respect and acceptance of differences and diversity. The program has had a ripple effect throughout the school and enriched the ISKL family in so many ways,” Hudson adds.
The primary focus of LCE is on teaching literacy, mathematics, social skills and life skills in the least restrictive and most integrated environment possible. LCE’s high school students spend at least half of their schedule with peers in mainstream classes and are integrated into all aspects from school life from academics to after school activities.
And when needed, student receive direct intervention in personal areas, such as reading comprehension, writing, social skills and independent living skills in specially designed LCE classrooms at ISKL’s new Ampang Hilir campus which opened in August 2018.