Philosophy

Our teachers create a joyful and caring classroom atmosphere with just the right amount of structure and discipline. Instruction is personalized for each student; we can do this because our classrooms have small student/teacher ratios. Our teachers aim to build each child’s self esteem, confidence and independence whilst developing a caring attitude for others and the world.

Instruction

AIS classrooms are 100% English-speaking (except in modern language classes). Our teachers base their lessons on the ‘Understanding by Design’ (UBD) methodology and students are assessed in multiple ways according to the idea that all students have ‘multiple intelligences’. Our instruction is personalized for each student; we can do this because our teachers are trained in differentiated instruction and our classrooms have small student/teacher ratios.

Curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on the attainment of digital literacy (ICT), inventive thinking, interpersonal skills and quality products, and the six facets of understanding: i. explaining, ii. interpreting, iii. applying, iv. shifting perspective, v. empathizing and vi. self-understanding. We extend the national curriculum with standards & indicators from other countries, and we provide students with local and global perspectives to prepare them for American colleges and local universities.

Core Subjects

Our core subjects of Civics, English, Math and Science are all taught in the English language. Consequently, all our students become strong English speakers and writers. We design an in-house curriculum to ensure that course content is current, relevant, challenging and meeting (or exceeding) international standards. Additionally, our teachers are trained to differentiate instruction to meet the individual interests, learning styles and readiness of each child. We are able to do this because our teachers are excellent and our class sizes are small (just 15-20 pupils). Tests and quizzes provide the primary means of assessment in our core subjects, and we always provide plenty of practice assessments and feedbacks to help every child succeed.

Non-Core Subjects

In our non-core subjects of Filipino, Mandarin, Art, Music, ICT, PE and Home Economics, we place a strong emphasis on participation, collaboration, character development and process. In this way, our students receive values education through an integrated approach. Additionally, our teachers integrate ICT education, as our school is 100% wireless with fast Internet speed and smart boards. The students’ grades in non-core subjects are based on quizzes and performance tasks.

Grades & Awards

We follow the National K-12 grading system: A (90-95%); P (85-89%); AP (80-84%), D (75-79%), B (70-74%). Student achievement is honored in each grade level with ‘merit certificates’ and the following medals: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Graduating honors include: Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Leadership, Citizenship,Service, Artistry, Athletics and Loyalty.