Elementary School Curriculum

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Core Curriculum

The Elementary School at ISKR includes grades 1 through 5.  The program core includes four core subjects – Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies – that are taught by classroom teachers.  In addition to these core subjects, students take a wide range of special classes in the World Languages and Co-curricular Program.  Ever elementary class takes French for two days per week; in Grade 1, this is a general Grade 1 introduction to French, but in grades 2-5, students are placed in combined grade-level French sections according to their language level.  For students requiring additional assistance in English, English for Language Learners may take the place of French.  Students also have Physical Education twice a week and take five additional classes once per week: Art, Drama, Health, Computers, and Library.

For a more detailed overview of each class in the elementary section, view the parent guides below:

Grade 1 Parent Guide
Grade 2 Parent Guide
Grade 3 Parent Guide
Grade 4 Parent Guide
Grade 5 Parent Guide
 

International Primary Curriculum

For the 2014-2015 academic year, ISKR is excited to begin the process of transitioning to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), one of the fastest growing internationally-focused curricula designed to support student skills development and to prepare them as learners in the 21st Century.  For the first semester of this year, elementary teachers are working with the Director and Curriculum Coordinator to plan for the transition to this program, which will include training and determining the themes and units to be piloted later this year and to be fully implemented in 2015-2016.
Between January and June 2015, each elementary class will pilot one or two IPC units.  During pilot units, the existing Social Studies and Science curricula will be replaced by the IPC, which includes learning outcomes in both subject areas.  In 2015-2016, the ISKR Elementary School will transition completely to the IPC, meaning that Social Studies and Science will be replaced entirely, and teachers will begin to use the Assessment for Learning program within the IPC to assess learning outcomes in Social Studies and Science, as well as other areas, such as Information Technology, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Art, and Society.  While the IPC also has Language Arts and Mathematics learning outcomes, it is not designed to replace a school’s literacy and numeracy program, so ISKR will maintain its existing Language Arts and Mathematics programs while working to make connections between these areas and the IPC units and assessments in order to offer a well-designed integrated elementary school program.

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment at ISKR is both formative (assessing the developmental progress) and summative (assessing the final outcome). A student’s progress is evaluated and reported using a variety of assessments based upon in class work, projects, and other assignments.  The following assessments are used across the elementary program:
 
Benchmark Assessments
 
Benchmark assessments are used in the elementary school several times per year in Reading and Mathematics as early diagnostic tools and to assess progress at key points throughout the year.  These assessments are included in student portfolios (see below) and, along with MAP testing and other assessments, allow teachers to recognize specific student strengths and needs and to differentiate instruction within the classroom as appropriate.

Measures of Academic Progress

MAP determines a student’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year, in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage.  MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child will take on a computer. That means that the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. When your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level in the above mentioned subject areas.
 
Student Portfolios

Student portfolios have been implemented for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Students will be responsible for maintaining and updating their portfolios – with teacher assistance in the younger grades – over the course of their time at ISKR.  Portfolios are a tool used by students for self-assessment and for teachers to assess student mastery of AERO standards and to compile meaningful data and student work for communicating with parents about student progress over time and with other teachers to evaluate individual student needs, provide classroom differentiation, or demonstrate the need for learning support or enrichment.  Portfolios also facilitate student goal setting and reflection in order to engage students in their own learning.  See the Elementary Assessment Portfolio for more information.

Report Cards

Report Cards are sent home at the end of each quarter.  On the reports, each core subject is divided into learning outcomes based upon the AERO standards that form the core of the curriculum.  Teachers use a 1-4 scale that indicates student progress toward grade-level learning outcomes at the time of each report.  They also write comments about student progress.  Dispositions are also reported separately from academic criteria on the reports.