American Common Core Standards
English Language Arts
The English Language Arts American Common Core standards asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.
Our ELA curriculum focuses on reading assigned set texts, writing, speaking, listening for a wide range of purposes and audience. The complexity of texts that students encounter at Westview will increase each year, allowing students to develop their read fluency, comprehension and critical insight into different types of literature. Even though the main focus in ELA is on literature and literary nonfiction texts, the skills that are taught in this subject will transcend the complex literary texts encountered and touch on a variety of other subjects that will allow students to build on their ever-growing knowledge of different disciplines and the world around them.
The skills and knowledge captured in the ELA standards are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and enjoy complex works of literature. Students will learn to use cogent reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life. The standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century.
Westview maintains high expectations for students when it comes to reading, with our goal to inspire students to fall in love with the world of literature and develop an appreciation for books and what they have to offer.
The sequencing of topics in our Mathematics curriculum derives from evidence-based practices that allow students to develop reasoning and analytical skills, and make conclusions based on evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic society.
Students will be able to use and apply their mathematical thinking developed at Westview in various contexts, develop persistence in problem solving, forming a deep conceptual understanding and procedural fluency; and in turn develop the ability to reason, prove, justify and communicate in their daily lives.
By the end of grade 12, students will have built a strong foundation for applying the essential understanding and skills in math to solve real world problems, preparing them for college, careers, and civic life.
The American Common Core Standards are built on the best of high-quality math standards from across the United States and draw on the most important international models for mathematical practice, as well as research and input from numerous sources, including state departments of education, scholars, assessment developers, professional organizations, educators, parents and students, and members of the public.
Our Westview American Common Core math standards provide clarity and specificity rather than broad general statements in order to ensure there is a clear direction for learning. These standards endeavor to follow the design envisioned by William Schmidt and Richard Houang (2002), by not only stressing conceptual understanding of key ideas, but also by continually returning to organizing principles such as place value and the laws of arithmetic to structure those ideas.
In addition, the sequence of topics in our curriculum and performance task assessments are outlined in a body of math standards that respect what is already known about how students learn. Our math curriculum has developed strong sequenced obstacles and challenges for students to gain insight about meaning deriving from careful study of learning. The knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for mathematics in college, career, and life are woven throughout our curriculum through the development of real-world learning opportunities.
Our Science curriculum is designed to spark student curiosity and empower them to ask more questions, think more critically and generate innovative ideas based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We focus on the 5E instructional framework. The 5E framework stands for Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation.
The middle school program focuses on an integrated approach to physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, and biology. Students will explore the phenomenal world over the course of their middle school experience with us through hands-on learning experiences.
The high school program brings phenomena to the forefront of learning to engage and inspire students to investigate key science concepts through their three-dimensional learning experience. Students will learn ecology, cell biology, genetics, the history of biological diversity, the diversity of life and the human body as well as cross-curricular earth science topics. Through inquiry-based and hands-on investigations of real-world situations, students will construct explanations for scientific phenomena and design solutions for real-world problems.
It is evident that science is central to the lives of all citizens when they analyze current events, make informed decisions about healthcare, or decide to support public development of community infrastructure. By the end of grade 12, all students will have an appreciation for the wonder of science, possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues, and be careful consumers of scientific and technological information and products in their everyday lives.
During this era of technological revolution, information, communication and technology have contributed to significant changes in our world. Meaningful participation in today’s modern world requires fluency in the uses of many types of technology. The impact of and ability to manipulate those technologies for living, learning, and working will be the key components of success in the future. Given this context, the knowledge and skills in using or creating ICT are essential for all students to be prepared for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century. Students will be equipped with the knowledge of digital safety, cyber security, malware, computer literacy, reliable content and digital tools to communicate, collaborate, research and present ideas and projects.
As IT literacy is an integral part of quality international education, our ICT learning is weaved into all of our curriculums, with the ongoing use of technology, software and other devices in all of our subjects. Students at Westview are constantly challenged on how they use ICT to further their knowledge, develop new skills and form a stronger understanding of themselves and the world around them. Westview Cambodian International School is a Bring Your Own Device School (BYOD) so all of our students bring their own devices to school to work on each day as part of their daily learning practices.
In Social Studies, students will be exposed to a variety of topics relating to world geography, culture, social sciences and religious education. As in the rest of our curriculum, students will have the chance to focus on project-based and inquiry based learning activities to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through their social studies learning experiences, students will become better informed participants in the global world, so that they can take the necessary steps to becoming effective global citizens with the capacity to take action and help solve worldwide issues. Our Social Studies curriculum is built on the American Common Core Standards (ACCS) for Social Studies, which are fostered on enhancing students’ capabilities to use literacy to research and write about assigned topics, using critical thinking skills to decipher fact from opinion.
At Westview, a wide range of learning opportunities will arise in Social Studies for students to argue and explain their viewpoints on a wide range of topics relating to this subject, allowing them to form a strong insight into their own beliefs and ideas and how to articulate them effectively.
Our physical education system is built on engaging students in forming a strong understanding of their physical and mental health, understanding how one aligns with the other. In PE, students will explore a wide range of sport and fitness activities and develop a strong understanding of their own physical capabilities and the resilience and commitment to their own personal fitness and health journey’s.
Prior to the pandemic, students were able to utilize our on site swimming pool as part of our PE curriculum and develop the essential swimming skills needed to not only survive in the water but swim competitively.
The arts have always served as the distinctive vehicle for discovering who we are, which is why Westview places great importance and appreciation on Art within our curriculum. Our Art curriculum is built on the US National Standards for Art, with the core goal of providing students with a way of thinking as disciplined as science or math and as disparate as philosophy or literature. The arts are used by and have shaped every culture and individual on earth. They continue to infuse our lives on nearly all levels—generating a significant part of the creative and intellectual capital that drives our economy. The arts inform our lives with meaning every time we experience the joy of a well-remembered song, experience the flash of inspiration that comes with immersing ourselves in an artist’s sculpture, enjoying a sublime dance, learning from an exciting animation, or being moved by a captivating play. The fact that the arts provide important touchstones confirms their value to the development of every human being.
Nurturing our children, then, necessarily means that we must provide all of them—not just those identified as “talented”—with a well-rounded education that
includes the arts. By doing so, we are fulfilling the college and career readiness needs of our students, laying the foundations for the success of our schools and, ultimately, the success of our nation.
The central purpose of our art curriculum is to embody the key concepts, processes, and traditions of study in art, and articulate the aspirations of our students. Arts education has had a formal place in international schools at least since the early 1800s and is of great importance in 21st century education due to its natural embodiment of 21st century learning skills. Through art at Westview, students will develop the skills of generating/problem solving through creating their own works of art, expressing themselves and realizing their own thoughts, ideas and the thoughts and ideas of others through performance-based assessments and work, and the skill of responding and appreciation through responding and sharing appreciation to art work encountered throughout our curriculum.