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Download the Special Needs Profile (Maseru- 2024 Special Needs- Lesotho)for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.


Infographic on special needs education at [Maseru, Lesotho] at the assisted school [American International School of Lesotho]. In general, the school can support students whose learning support needs are [MILD]. The school is able and willing to accommodate students within the following categories: hearing impaired-[no] physically and orthopedically impaired- [no] visually impaired-[no] autistic- [no] specifically learning disabled-[no] intellectually disabled- [no] behaviorally/emotionally disturbed-[no] multiple disabilities-[no] other health impairment- [no] speech or language impaired- [no] traumatic brain injury- [no] Special needs support services include: teacher accommodations-[yes] teacher accommodations learning support teacher- [yes] learning support teacher- [yes] co-teaching/team teaching in the classroom- [no] academic support class secondary school- [no] support special needs preschoolers-[no] use of IEP and ILP- [yes] The school does [not] have a self-contained classroom [in the elementary, middle school, or high school]. Maximum hours per week per student for push in [1] for pull out [2]. Special needs support staff in the school include: Social Worker-[0], Nurse-[1], Special Needs Coordinator-[0] Special Needs Teacher-[0], Psychologist-[0] Guidance Counselor-[0]. Services are available in English at post for the following: psychoeducational assessment- [yes] speech therapy-[yes] occupational therapy- [no] physical therapy- [no] behavior and/or autism specialist (ABA/Behavior Plan/Interventions)-[no] social skills group/social skills training-[no] US credentialed reading specialist-[no] reading remediation-[yes] reading programs for Dyslexia (Orton Gillingham etc.)-[no] math specialist-[no] The school can provide the following: 1:1 classroom aide- [no] special transportation- [no] transportation paraprofessional- [no]. Please note, some schools may have an expectation that parents make arrangements for support services even if they are listed as available.

The American International School of Lesotho (AISL) is a non-profit, independent coeducational day school, which offers an American style educational program to students from preschool (age three) through grade eight. The school, founded in 1991, serves the needs of the wider American community and other students seeking an American style education delivered in English. The school year is divided into three trimesters extending from August to November, December to March and March to mid-June. AISL is accredited through Middle States Accreditation (MSA). Our next MSA visit will be approximately April 2023.

“While saying yes to many of the above questions, being a small school we have limited resources to provide to a wide range of needs. Having said that, our custom is to talk with potential parents to find out the exact needs of the child to be able to make an informed decision, in consultation with the parents, as to whether what we can provide is enough. There are limited resources for support in the community, but there are more options in the nearby towns in South Africa. Again, depends on the level of support required.”–AISL representative.

This is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of December 2023 and provided by the school.

NOTE: School situations can change quickly, particularly as schools face cutbacks to learning support programs due to the pandemic, unrest, and economic uncertainty. For the most current information, work with the REO and school. Information in this document was collected by the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools directly from the school in December 2023 and shows the availability of services rather than an assessment of the quality of the services. The profile is intended as a jumping off point for a conversation with the REO and school to understand the best fit for your child. Definitions may vary school to school.

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