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Learning Support

BFIS is an inclusive school that values diversity and differences, that loves and respects the uniqueness of each student. Inclusive education involves responding positively to each student’s unique learning needs. All students should have the opportunity, instruction, guidance and support necessary to succeed in school and maximize their individual academic, social and emotional potential.


We believe that all students must be active participants, at the center of the learning process, in an environment that encourages them to pursue their interests and dreams.  

Elizabeth Mahaffey Learning Support Team Leader

Elizabeth Mahaffey

Whole School Learning Support Leader
Learning Support Elementary School
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Meeting students' needs

Learning support at BFIS encompasses a variety of strategies to meet the needs of students with mild to moderate learning differences. It is the job of the learning specialist to provide students with strategies and/or remediation such that they are able to experience academic success. Depending on the needs of each individual, students are supported either in class or outside of class during the regular school day. Students requiring support beyond that which learning specialist is able to provide may be referred with parental approval to professionals from outside agencies.

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In order to promote the least restrictive and most inclusive environment, our specialists push-in to a variety of classes. We assist both individual students and small group, and we work with our teachers to promote effective teaching strategies to achieve agreed-upon goals. Based on individual learner profiles, specialists may provide direct, small group instruction to build on student strengths and focus on their needs. 

Elementary School