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


Infographic on special needs education at [Gaborone, Botswana] at the assisted school [Westwood International School]. In general, the school can support students whose learning support needs are [MILD, MODERATE]. 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- [yes] specifically learning disabled-[yes] intellectually disabled- [yes] behaviorally/emotionally disturbed-[yes] multiple disabilities-[no] other health impairment- [yes] speech or language impaired- [yes] 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- [yes] support special needs preschoolers-[no] use of IEP and ILP- [yes] The school does [not] have a self-contained classroom. Maximum hours per week per student for push in [10] for pull out [10]. Special needs support staff in the school include: Social Worker-[0], Nurse-[1], Special Needs Coordinator-[1] Learning Support Teacher-[2], Psychologist-[0] Guidance Counselor-[2.5]. Services are available in English at post for the following: psychoeducational assessment- [yes] speech therapy-[yes] occupational therapy- [yes] physical therapy- [yes] behavior and/or autism specialist (ABA/Behavior Plan/Interventions)-[yes] social skills group/social skills training-[yes] US credentialed reading specialist-[yes] reading remediation-[no] reading programs for Dyslexia (Ortho Gillingham etc.)-[yes] math specialist-[yes] The school can provide the following: 1:1 classroom aide- [yes] 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.

Westwood International School (WIS) was established in May 1988 by the professional, business, and diplomatic community in Gaborone, Botswana. The primary purpose of the group was to provide an English medium education for the international community and other interested families. The founders of the school include: the Embassy of the United States of America, the British High Commission, Barclays Bank (now Absa), Sefalana sa Botswana, and Senn Foods. Initially Westwood School was a primary school with reception through year 8. In December 1994, Westwood Secondary School was registered under the Education Act and the School Council was granted special authority (by the Ministry of Education during July 1995) to operate both the primary and secondary schools jointly.  WIS received its first accreditation in 1998 by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  WIS is a fully authorized and operational International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.  Today, the school is divided into the primary school (reception-year 6) and the secondary school (year 7-13). The school’s commitment to shaping internationally minded, globally aware students.

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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