Student Support Services


At ISW, every student has the potential to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We know that students learn in different ways and at different paces. To be successful, students need motivation and the proper support. Inspiration and the right support come through teachers' caring relationships and guidance. It also comes from additional support services. ISW offers Academic Learning Support, English Language Support, Social Emotional Counseling, and College & Career Counseling.

Dr. Phillip Williams
Student Services Director

English Language Support

ISW offers a three-level system as part of its English Language Support (ELS) Program. Students are assessed to determine their current language proficiency. Based on these results, students are placed in one of the following:

Level 1: Beginner Level- Students receive “pull-out” services in small groups.
Level 2: Intermediate Level- Students receive push-in services in the mainstream classroom.
Level 3: Advanced Level- Students are at or near the level of native English speakers. These students do not receive extra services and will begin learning Chinese as an additional language.

Families can be assured that their child’s language needs will be met. Our student’s English level grows by an average of three points during their first year.

Academic Learning Support

The academic learning support program is designed to support students academically. Formative assessments such as MAP and STAR, the WIDA entrance assessment, grades, and a teacher’s recommendation are used to identify if a student qualifies for academic learning support services. After identification, the Response to Intervention (RTI) process is initiated. This is a multi-tiered approach with increasingly intensive interventions at each level. The first tier includes core differentiated classroom instruction. In the second tier, students are given targeted group interventions or supplemental support. These interventions will be implemented for six weeks. Once the six-week period is over, the collected data is analyzed, and the RTI team will determine the next steps for the student. In the third tier, students receive individualized intensive interventions, which will also be implemented for six weeks.

Social and Emotional Counseling

Students at ISW have access to social and emotional counseling. A counselor is available on campus to individuals or groups of students to discuss problems relating to emotional growth, social adjustment, academic achievement, or any other issue. If a student needs counseling and has been referred to Student Support Services by a staff member, the student will go through the Response to Intervention (RTI) process, which has a multi-tiered approach.

Tier 1: Students receive Second Step lessons in KG-G5 and advisory in G6-G12.
Tier 2: More focused classroom interventions and/or small groups can be developed for the student.
Tier 3: Individual counseling is provided.

The counselor also meets with new students individually or in small groups to support the transition.

College & Career Guidance Counseling

College is an important stage in life, and we recognize it as a stepping stone toward a bigger world. To best guide and prepare our students for the transition to college, ISW provides college and career counseling through seminar classes and one-on-one meetings. ISW also has two guidance counselors for high school students, Ms. Harriet Hu & Mrs. Eunice Kim, who specialize in helping our students with career and college advice, college application preparation, and more. Our goal is to help each student consider different options and identify a major or career path that will best assist them with reaching their dreams for the future. By providing information about universities worldwide, we hope to increase students’ awareness of various higher education options available. Then through further research and the use of BridgeU, we support students in narrowing down the list of colleges that best match their goals.

University Planning Overview

9th Grade
Develop study skills
Take the PSAT 8/9
Attend a college fair to explore options
Participate in extracurricular activities to identify strengths and interests.

10th Grade
Participate in Sophomore Seminar class
Take the PSAT
Take career, personality, and learning styles assessments
Research careers
Attend a college fair and virtual information sessions
Research universities by visiting university websites and using BridgeU and other search tools
Continue participation in extracurricular activities to develop strengths and interests
Take AP classes and exams as necessary

11th Grade
Participate in Junior Seminar class
Take the SAT and/or ACT, as necessary
Prepare and take TOEFL or other English Language Proficiency tests as necessary.
Attend a college fair and virtual information sessions, and visit colleges (if possible)
Discuss finances with parents.
Participate in leadership, work, and/or volunteer opportunities
Research university programs and admission requirements by visiting the university website and using BridgeU and other search tools
Create a shortlist of universities, including reach, match, and safety schools
Brainstorm and draft essays or personal statement
Take classes and AP exams as necessary

12th Grade
Participate in Senior Seminar class
Finalize the application list and check deadlines and requirements
Take the SAT and/or ACT, as necessary
Take TOEFL or other English Language Proficiency tests as necessary
Communicate with university admission officers for additional information
Complete college applications
Complete scholarship and financial aid applications
Take AP classes and exams as necessary
Decide which college to attend

University Acceptances (Past five years "-" indicates matriculation)

-Chung-Ang University
-DaeJeon University Medical Department
-George Mason University
-Handong Global University
HanYang University
KAIST, DaeJeon
-Karnavati University
Kookmin University
Korea University
Sogang University
-Sungkyunkwan University
-Sunway University
-Yonsei University

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Arizona State University
-Azusa Pacific University
-Baylor University
Beloit College
Binghamton University
-Bob Jones University
-Cairn University
-California Baptist University
California Poly State University-San Luis Obispo
-Calvin College
Cedarville University
Creighton University
Emmaus Bible College
-Fashion Institute of Technology
Gordon College
Houghton College
-John Brown University
Kalamazoo College
Lawrence University
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
-Liberty University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan State University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg
Purdue University
Rice University
-Rutgers University
Seattle Pacific University
-Smith College
-Southern Methodist University
Southwest Baptist University
Stony Brook University
-Swarthmore College
The College of Wooster
Tulane University
Tulsa University
The University of California Davis
The University of California Riverside
University of Connecticut
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
-University of Washington
*-Wheaton College

*-Centro Universitario Filadelfia