Approach to Learning
Learning is our core mission. To help learners succeed, our teachers embrace the best research-based, classroom-tested tools. We are committed to providing age-appropriate learning structures so your students can achieve their highest developmental potential.
You will see vastly different structures and approaches depending on the age of the student. During early years and in primary school, our students are active, engaged in collaborative learning, and building an array of essential developmental skills.
Middle school is an important transition between the primary and high school years. As any parent or teacher of young teenagers will tell you, these students have different needs, and our middle school program helps meet those needs.
We help high school students move into longer classes on a single subject and assume more responsibility for their learning outcomes. This is an important building block for success in college and university.
Throughout the learning years, we weave these elements into our educational program:
We are committed to an education that positively builds learners’ development intellectually, socially, and emotionally. For instance, as primary students play during recess, sometimes conflicts arise. We use Kelso’s Choices to help students work through conflicts and develop skills that they will use forever beyond the playground.
The absolute first question we ask ourselves when making decisions about our program is “what’s best for kids?.”
We want our learners to feel empowered to learn in ways that meet their needs and interests. In practical terms that means choosing what method works best for them to solve a math or any other problem, or how they approach a writing assignment or an art project.
Tied to agency, this refers to the unique needs of each student. The student who arrives after spending her primary school years in a US public school system might have different needs than the student who has spent six years at AISM or attended other international schools in varying countries. We use testing and observation to develop a road map for each students’ success.
Our program is created by professionals who base what they teach on the best current research and adapt it to the realities of our learners.
Our program not only deals with the “what” of a given subject, but also the “so what?” It’s important that our students find connections with what they experience in myriad elements of their coursework. Learning in math or history, for example, can lead to a understanding of subjects such as music or theater.
Curious students thrive at AISM, and we encourage their deep thinking and their questions.
Our classrooms extend beyond the classroom. We are fortunate to have a climate and a facility that complements our educational mission.
Because our students likely arrived from a different school and might graduate from another, it is critical that our program is based on competencies. Whether in their writing or their lab work in the hard sciences, our students’ course of study is based on core competencies that will have relevance and resonance wherever they graduate.