Our innovative curriculum consists of well-researched programs that have proven to be successful across the globe. The curriculum challenges students and allows them to grow in a variety of areas.
Our literacy program develops foundational skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. A key focus of the program is to develop capable and passionate readers and writers. To accomplish this, we utilize the Reading & Writing Workshop Model, developed at Columbia University and used widely across the globe.
Our classrooms are equipped with a variety of reading materials so that there is something for every interest and ability. Students regularly listen to stories, read aloud, read books with buddies and teachers, and read independently for pleasure. They also participate in interactive writing workshops where each student gets an opportunity to be an author and share their work.
Our math program is based on techniques adopted from the national curriculum of Singapore. With a focus on mastery, rather than on memorization, students develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. They begin to solve problems using concrete materials like counters and blocks, then move to pictorial representations, before finally moving to abstract representations. The use of tactile and visual models benefits all kinds of learners and reduces math anxiety.
Our math program limits the use of traditional worksheets in favor of more open-ended activities, in which students can demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. We make math relevant to students by presenting problems from real-life situations and relating math to other curricular areas. We also encourage a variety of approaches to solving problems so that students can share their solutions and discuss why they work. Along with knowledge and skills, students develop flexibility in thinking and increasing confidence with math.
Science & Social Studies
We teach Science & Social Studies topics through integrated units that have real-world significance. The goal of the program is for students to become knowledgeable, responsible global citizens who can think critically and creatively to solve problems. We emphasize hands-on learning engagements to build understanding rather than memorization of facts. Students explore their questions about various topics by participating in scientific inquiry. They work collaboratively to seek knowledge in many ways, including consulting media texts, interviewing experts, and conducting experiments. The program also reinforces and enhances our literacy and mathematics programs, as students read non-fiction texts, learn new vocabulary, and interpret and create graphs and diagrams.