American Common Core Standards
English Language Arts
English Language Arts focuses on reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills. The complexity of texts and problems grow each year with the student. Even though the main focus is on literature and literary nonfiction texts, the skills that are taught will transcend the complex literary texts and touch on a variety of subjects like science or the social sciences, etc. This core subject will help students understand texts and apply knowledge so that they become confident learners. Integrated literacy instruction and strategies let students make meaning of texts, develop language skills, express themselves effectively, and build content knowledge.
The sequencing of topics in Mathematics standards come from evidence-based practices allowing 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 in various contexts, develop persistence, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency; thus they develop the ability to reason, prove, justify and communicate. By the end of grade 12, students will build a strong foundation for applying these understandings and skills to solve real world problems and are prepared for college, careers, and civic life.
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 explore the phenomenal world. The collaborating kits make planning for hands-on time easier so students can focus on the activities. 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 phenomenon 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 must 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.
World History and Geography
Students will be exposed to variety of topics in this subject area. Just like in the Sciences, students will have the chance to focus on project-based and inquiry based learning activities to help further develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. These 21st Century skills are at the heart of student learning today. Students become better informed participants in the global world so that they can take the necessary steps of becoming global citizens who take action and can help solve some of the current local and global issues. Many learning opportunities will arise for students to argue or explain their conclusions based on the research that they have organized from multiple primary and secondary resources. These resources will become the basis for their reasoning and evidences. The best part of this curriculum is that students will be able to analyze and examine real-world topics and make those necessary connections that allow them to become effective and efficient learners.
Health, Fitness and Wellness
The Health, Fitness and Wellness is built on the American National Health Education Standards and focuses on building health skills that show students how to create their own paths. Real-world application of health skills provides students with the understanding they need to create an individualized plan for a heathy life. In addition, our sport program includes life skills such as swimming and physical fitness as well as collective sports to build friendship, dynamic teamwork, competitive spirit and resilience like soccer, volleyball and basketball.
We believe arts education serves as the building blocks of every student development and is integral to every learner’s creative exploration of the world. This subject covers arts and music through individual and collective performance in school and outside school.