My husband and I are seriously considering moving to RT and need to know what options are available for my child that has a learning disability. I read online that the Aramco schools are not equipped to help special education kids. Do some families homeschool? Also, if she were to attend the school, how available are tutors on the compound? She is currently in 1st grade and is in special education here in US with an IEP. She struggles primarily in math, but also has difficulty with visual/spatial comprehension and is slow at processing data. No behavioral problems at school, and is a whiz in science, history, and so far is a good reader. Fine motor delays also affect her handwriting, but she is dong better. Any thoughts?
To be approved for family status, your daughter will have to be approved to attend Aramco schools. If they approve her, they'll teach her. There have been kids approved with minor learning disabilities. Each child is reviewed on an individual basis, so no one can tell you if your daughter would be approved.
Yes, there are a few families who have an OOP (out of policy) approval to homeschool. You would have to seek this permission if your daughter was not approved to attend the school system or if its the option you wanted.
Someone from RT will have to tell you if there are tutors there for kids.
I recommend you accept the offer if you'd like to come here, go through the school approval; you could always decline if she's not approved or you cannot get homeschool exemption.
This is tricky as SAS doesn't have "special education." They have support services, but the curriculum is exactly the same for all kids and the same texts used. It isn't like the US with an IEP and many protections and services. SAS does the best they can but they don't pretend nor advertise that they can accommodate all students. As a former teacher I would advocate for really thinking about your child's education and how much support she needs. As students get older the gap many times becomes larger for the curriculum gets more advanced. A 1 year reading delay becomes a 2 and 3 year reading delay once they hit middle school sometimes and then the student can feel overwhelmed. I'm just using this as an example.
Your child will be either accepted, not accepted into SAS, or denied pending assessment perhaps. DPA means that the family can move with the stipulation that they will be evaluated and tested by SAS staff upon arrival in KSA. I believe the employee has to sign a waiver saying that if their child is not admitted after they are evaluated by SAS staff then they have to provide their own education for them outside Aramco (possibly home schooling I'm not sure).
SAS isn't an enemy at all they just want to be realistic in what they can and cannot provide. It is in the best interest of the student and family if they are honest and up front about their support capabilities. They do have staff that provide great support, but there is a limit to what they can accommodate.