Special Education Department (SED)
The goal of the Special Education Department (SED) is to provide special needs students with individualized/accommodated programs and services aligned with the mainstream curricula in order to facilitate the impending transition and inclusion of students in mainstream classes and official exams. Additionally, the therapies provided by the department act as the building blocks and support mechanisms that aid in the process of integration.
The department aims at establishing solid and consistent communication means with the SED team, Head of Divisions, subject coordinators, mainstream teachers, external therapists/psychologists, and parents in order to provide students with all the necessary support, through team effort.
The Special Education Department aims at providing an individualized education program (IEP) to students that require specialized services or accommodations by providing a safe, loving, and nurturing environment that meets their individual needs. The department’s mission is to promote values such as compassion, tolerance, and acceptance by helping SED students grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually at school and in the community at large.
Special Education Department Team
Special Education Coordinators
Speech and Language Therapist
Corrective English Program Specialist
Special Education Teachers
Special Education Department Policy
The Special Education Department caters for the needs of students with learning difficulties as defined by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. The difficulties include Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscaculia, ADD, ADHD, Epilipsy, and Learning Difficulties from Grade 1 up to Grade 12. However, SED observation/recommendation services are offered in Preschool without additional intervention such as pullout sessions or therapies.
Students should be formally assessed by external therapists/psychologists. Once the formal assessment report is received, students will have their needs considered individually by dedicated Special Education Team members.
The SED Coordinators receive the report and conduct meetings with the SED therapists, HDs, and Director of Academics and offer sets of recommendations through the Admissions Committee to the concerned parents about the SED services provided by the school. If the services provided fit the profile of the student, an acceptance letter will be used by Admissions Department.
The services include but are not limited to:
Small group Special Education classes
Speech Therapy sessions
Psychomotor Therapy sessions
Corrective English sessions
Corrective English Program
The Corrective English Program helps students that show difficulties in language processing, reading fluency, reading sight words, visual and auditory memory, and spelling. The aim of the Corrective English teacher is working directly with children, their families, and other education professionals to develop personalized strategies to support a child’s individual needs. The goal is to create enthusiasm in the reader while reading and writing.
The Corrective English sessions are based on two main programs: The Seeing Stars Program and the Visualizing and Verbalizing program.
PMT is a method of treatment based on the continuous interaction between the body, the emotions, the psychological state and the environment. It is based on motor activities that develop awareness and perception of the different parts and movements of the body.
At Sagesse High school, the psychomotor therapist assesses difficulties in the development of motor competencies and, where necessary, provides treatment by working directly with students, their families, and other education professionals. The psychomotor therapist develops Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students and assesses their progress through different assessment methods.
SLT is a health profession that focuses on verbal and nonverbal disorders as well as other associated disorders in children and adults. These disorders affect speech and language as well as auditory, visual and cognitive functions including learning, orofacial functions, respiration, voice, and swallowing.
At Sagesse High School, the Speech and Language Therapist works directly with children, their families, and other education professionals to develop personalized strategies to support the child’s individual needs. They also provide recommendations to education professionals so they can identify the signs of speech, language, and communication needs. They assess the students’ oral language, written language, and cognitive skills through formal and informal assessments and evaluate the results. The findings are used to generate Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
Test Assistance Service
In coordination with the subject coordinators and mainstream teachers, tests are modified/adapted according to the student’s individual needs. As a result, the learner sits for the test in either the mainstream classroom or separate setting and he/she receives an individualized and modified version of the class test.
The students do not receive additional support pertaining to the content of the tests (i.e. hints, definitions). The purpose of the Test Assistance Service is to cater for the student’s individual needs by maintaining the integrity of the student’s performance and allowing assessments to measure accurately the depth of the student’s knowledge of the given material.
Special Brevet and Baccalaureate
SAT (special accommodations)