Support & Resources

Learning Support

At SSIS, we recognize each student as a unique individual, coming to us with varying aspirations, abilities, interests, and needs.

SSIS provides Learning Support for students who have learning diversities, and who require additional support to participate in the school’s programmes.

Learning Support is provided by specially trained teachers responding to referrals. To assist students in their learning, our staff provide differentiated support to students and teachers. Support is indiviualised, and may include; classroom accommodations, programme modifications, in-class support, small group or individual programming.

There is limited access to specialized support services in Suzhou and SSIS may not be able to meet the needs of students who require a high level of support. It is recommended that parents of students with special education needs contact the Admissions Office before they decide to move to Suzhou.

Learning Technology

SSIS continues to enhance its technological capacity to support and enhance student learning through an ever-evolving, constantly improving process.

The school provides wireless internet throughout and access to the latest technologies in classrooms. Teachers regularly undertake professional development in the application and implementation of technology across the curriculum.

At SSIS we are proud to be an Apple laptop school. This means that students use laptops on a daily basis in their classes as a tool of instruction and learning. Students are required to have an Apple laptop (from Grade 5 to 12) with a number of school provided applications installed. These applications can be downloaded from our self-service system when at school. Students must bring their laptop to school every day, fully charged. Learn more

To order a laptop for your child please click the link below to our laptop supplier, Solution Keys.

Media Centre

The Media Centre is a new and exciting technology-rich space for collaboration and individual learning.

The Media Centre manages and supports projects that allow students to create and construct with technologies as part of the learning process.

The Media Centre serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, it is a modern decentralized learning space that can be used by classes, clubs and departments. Flexible furniture, different break-out spaces and an open plan make the space suitable for learning in groups of 2 to 50. It is also a place where our learning technology coaches are available to help both students and teachers find solutions to practical needs.

The Media Centre aims to keep up with the rapid changes in technology. Many small and big pieces of equipment are available: professional photo and video cameras, class sets of iPads, state of the art audio and video editing software, mixers, microphones, robotics kits, lots of Lego and much, much more. As new technologies mature and others fade they adapt their services to provide students and teachers with the best possible set of tools to support their learning.

Library

SSIS has two extensive libraries, one for Elementary School students and one for Secondary School students. Students of all ages are encouraged to make use of the library as a centre for learning as well as a source of reading for pleasure.

The library collections are predominantly in English, but there is a significant collection of Chinese fiction and non-fiction books as well as some books in other languages to support mother tongue language development. Numerous periodicals and several electronic research databases are also available.

The materials in both the Elementary and Secondary libraries are used primarily to support the curriculum taught in classrooms. Books and magazines are chosen to support student research and to encourage a love of literature.