The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum fosters the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills of students that enable them to live, learn, and work in an interconnected world.
The IB curriculum is ideally suited to achieve our goal at CIS* of offering an innovative, holistic, high-quality education because it …
It is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit foundation registered in Switzerland. As of January 2017, there are over 4,000 schools around the world offering IB programs.
Primary Years Program (PYP)
The PYP is specifically designed for the youngest students. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. It combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational program.
This program offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It provides an internationally designed model for concurrency in learning and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies, and assessment strategies.
It perfectly suits the mission of CIS* with our emphasis on Differentiated Learning, Bilingual Education, and the Community.
The PYP consists of five essential elements:
The subject areas are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.
Please visit the IBO website (www.ibo.org) to learn more about the IB curriculum.
At CIS*, your child will be learning two languages by learning in two languages. Our bilingual immersion program provides your child with a proven head start in life:
At CIS* neither Spanish nor English is considered a foreign language. Our bilingual immersion program places equal emphasis on both languages. In Kindergarten through third grade, students will be more exposed to their new language. Eventually half the time will be devoted to each language. This balanced approach is key to achieving the native intimacy with each language that fully bilingual and bicultural individuals enjoy.
True bilingualism is not taught. It is experienced. Just as babies and toddlers learn to walk, smile, and laugh by watching their parents, young children become bilingual through regular exposure, engagement, and natural interaction. At CIS*, your child’s experience mimics this parent-child linguistic interaction in that he or she will learn and play alongside native English-speaking and native Spanish-speaking teachers and students.
Our school is made up of children from all around the world. Inside and outside the classroom, students from different cultural backgrounds work and play together, sharing and developing each other’s language skills, and learning about each other’s cultures, traditions, and value systems.
This bilingual immersion approach is not new. Its successful track record throughout the world indicates that it is the most effective form of bilingual education and that its linguistic and cognitive benefits endure throughout a child’s lifetime.
One size does not fit all.
To truly do justice to each and every student, teachers proactively plan varied approaches to what students need to learn, how they will learn it, and how they express what they have learned.
Differentiated Learning means teaching with the child in mind rather than adopting a standardized approach to teaching and learning that presumes that all students of a given age are in the exact same place academically.
Regardless of what a teacher decides to differentiate — whether it’s the subject matter, the learning process, or even the environment where learning occurs — differentiation is both awareness of and active response to students’ various learning styles. It involves exercising flexibility in assessment, grouping, and instruction to create the best learning experience for each student.
At CIS* we …
A school for the community by the community.
Building a new school
requires a lot of strength, energy, and resources. It is a huge task, that only can be achieved if the community becomes actively involved and all constituents collaboratively work together. Only then can we create something that will make a difference to the entire community.
This active involvement can mean many things. Become a board member or an adviser to the school with your expertise in real estate, finance, and/or legal matters. Or help as a volunteer with fundraising, marketing, maintaining the website, after-school activities, and organizing community events!
Whatever you’re good at and passionate about, this is the place to put it into action!