When it comes to education, we believe that a holistic approach is necessary. Our goal is to develop our students’ intellectual, social, emotional, physical, mental, artistic and creative potentials. We accomplish this through a rigorous curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of our students.
It begins with our academic instruction. As an American school, our curriculum is based on the US Common Core State Standards for English and Math and the Minnesota State Standards for all other subjects. We monitor progress using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and WIDA (for English Language Learners) assessments. Our instruction is heavily focused on English Language Arts (ELA) and we track reading progress using the Fountas and Pinnell system. These tools make it possible for us to meet a student where they are in their academic journey so that we can help them progress at a pace that is ideal for them. Additionally, we offer our students plenty of opportunities to explore their creative and artistic sides through our Art, Music, IT, PE and Beyond (after school) programs.
Our students face many challenges: over 75% of our students are living in a foreign country and this is their first experience in an international environment. They are taught in a language that differs from their native language and they must learn how to contribute to a school community that is culturally different than what they are used to. All of this is in addition to their regular developmental needs. To help our students thrive in our school community, and later in life, we have several programs and personnel in place. Our elementary school employs a full-time Guidance Counselor that identifies needs within our students and gives them the tools and resources they need to feel confident in our school. The counselor also assists students that are experiencing hardships and that need extra support.
A major goal of education is to prepare our students to function in the world they will live in once they graduate from school. To prepare our students for this world, we teach our students foundational 21st century skills, like critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Arming our students with these skills ensures their success for the future.