HIS seeks to accommodate a variety of abilities and interests, but students must demonstrate average to above average grades for admission. The goal of all learning, counseling, and English language learning support is to help qualifying students meet classroom expectations independently, without detracting from the education of other students.

Harare International School (HIS) recognizes each student as unique and values the individual’s strengths and needs; we strive to support every student’s academic growth and personal development. Therefore, students requiring additional resources to attain their potential will receive services appropriate to their needs. However, support services for students with special needs and or social/emotional/behavioral issues will be provided within the limits and capacity of the schools existing resources, facilities, and personnel. It must be understood that HIS is unable to provide services for students identified with severe learning, mental, emotional or physical disabilities.

At all MYP-DP grade levels, the day begins with a morning Advisory session, when cohorts of 8-12 students meet with their faculty advisors to discuss daily announcements, organize work for the day, and spend a few minutes connecting with their classmates. Each Wednesday, these advisory groups meet to participate in activities related to AtL skills, reflections on experiential learning, preparation for MYP & DP projects, and pastoral topics.

Advisories at HIS create a forum for our students to address issues of community. They are a “safe space,” which promote open cummunication among peers and advisors, and support the social, emotional, academic growth and global awareness of advisees. Advisors are responsible for monitoring their advisees’ academic progress, being advocates when needed, and providing advice and problem-solving skills when needed.

The Counseling Program at Harare International School is committed to the positive growth of all students as individuals and as part of the school community. HIS provides all students equitable access to counseling services that focus on academic success, personal and social development, and career and college guidance, while incorporating a global perspective. Delivery of these services may be provided through individual and group activities, advisory sessions, and through classroom and assembly participation.

At HIS, counselors endeavor to support students by:

  • Planning suitable academic programs for students;
  • Providing short-term personal counseling;
  • Assisting with strategies to address academic challenges;
  • Assisting with issues related to transition;
  • Exploring career interests and possibilities;
  • Advising for college admissions testing; and,
  • Developing a college admissions portfolio that may include: resume, essay, recommendations and guiding students through the university admissions and selection process.

At HIS counselors endeavor to support parents by:

  • Consulting on issues affecting their child’s academic, social, and emotional growth.

At HIS counselors endeavor to provide support school-wide by:

  • Coordinating with teachers to enhance academic success for individual students;
  • Consulting with teachers and parents concerning the social/emotional growth of students;
  • Referring to other mental health service providers where appropriate and available; and,
  • Liaising with college admissions officers.

The Elementary ELD program provides instruction in English to non-English speakers and to those students with limited English proficiency. The goal of the program is for the student to acquire sufficient social and academic skills to be able to function comfortably in English in the mainstream classroom.

The Secondary ELD programs are designed to develop reading comprehension and writing skills as well as speaking and listening. Reading development is a focus thus improving writing, speaking and listening skills as well as communicating ideas, clarifying thoughts and stimulating intellectual growth. ELD classes promote the acquisition of BICS (basic interpersonal communicative skills) and CALPS (cognitive academic learning proficiency skills) in a non-threatening, stress-free environment.

HIS offers a continuum of services for students with academic needs that includes assisting students with mild to moderate learning difficulties and poor study skills. Students may be supported in the regular classroom, or in the Learning Support Room, where they may receive one-on-one instruction or work in small groups.

Interventions may include, but need not be limited to, access to an academic support teacher, counseling services, and any accommodations to assignments and assessments that are consistent with the school’s mission. Such accommodations must be, supported by a formal educational psychology assessment, appropriate to age and grade level expectations, and are not intended to modify curricular content.