What is the difference between a country curriculum (e.g. US, British, Australian) and an IB Curriculum?
Country curriculums, are based on a teaching method of providing content of information to students to remember and regurgitate of which a percentage of that content is based on the country of origin.The American curriculum chooses to define ‘international education’ according to the following criteria.
- BEST OF AMERICAN LEARNING: International school teachers follow a curriculum dictated by their head of school’s pedagogy, academic team, and accreditation process. An American-curriculum school provides interactive learning and critical thinking skills along with emphasis on building the student’s character as a whole with extracurricular activities such as music, athletics, and leadership clubs. Schools that provide standardized testing can offer a snapshot of their academic averages and level of achievement. Reputable schools will have an accredited curriculum such as CIS, NEASC, SACS, or WASC, as this ensures the consistency and quality of their program.
- EARLY UNIVERSITY CREDIT: High school students can enroll in challenging courses for early university credits such the Advanced Placement Program (AP) or Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA). Both programs are highly-regarded in the US, with AP classes in most major high schools. SUPA course are designed as university-level courses taught by adjunct professors where students can graduate with a dual transcript: their American high school diploma and a Syracuse University transcript.
- OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC RESULTS: The school’s graduation requirement and university acceptances are a good indicator of the school’s academic results. A pattern of students getting accepted into reputable universities and colleges is a good sign that they have a strong counselor and counseling department. A strong growth in scholarships to overseas universities show a commitment to the students’ future beyond secondary years.
- INSPIRING AND DEDICATED TEACHERS: The most important factor is the quality and qualifications of the school’s faculty. Teachers play an important role in the lives of our students. The minimum requirement for an international school teacher should be a BA degree (with higher tier schools, more than 70% of faculty will also hold an MA or Master’s of Education degree), teaching credentials in their home state or country, and more than 5 years of teaching experience.
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION: One of the greatest advantages of an international school whose host country’s language is not English is that the students can spend more than 75% of their day in an English-speaking environment. When students are exposed and immersed in the English language, they can develop high proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
If studying at ISHCMC-AA, how will my child cope when moving back home or to another type of curriculum?
We encourage students to become more knowledgeable about the world. Our curriculum is in line with international expectations and catered to meet individual needs. We focus upon conceptual understanding through inquiry in our challenging, relevant and engaging units. We teach the skills to be lifelong learners in all subject areas. Students will develop communication, research, thinking, social and self-management skills. We develop positive attitudes to learning. We encourage students to show the following attitudes: appreciation, commitment, curiosity, confidence, cooperation, creativity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance. We expect students to take positive action to make a positive impact. We expect students to take positive action in their daily lives and we provide opportunities for students to take action to impact the wider community.
Through the process of inquiry-based learning and the application of the transdisciplinary skills and attitudes. Parents can be confident that their children, learning in an American curriculum will be able to move back to home country’s or new schools with ease and confidence.With their independent academic skills, global understanding and with mature social and emotional abilities, they will be able to academically maintain their maximum potential and they will also have the social skills to enable them to engage and transition into their new community quickly.