Teaching & Learning

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Welcome to the Teaching and Learning pages of the ISKR website!

The International School of Kigali, Rwanda opened its doors in September 2009 with a goal of offering the best international education in Kigali. We offer a preschool through Grade 12 program that incorporates a student-centered, inquiry-based approach focused on empowering students with the skills and competencies they will need to thrive in the 21st Century. The curriculum we use throughout the school draws upon resources and best practices from a variety of national and international curricula and is adapted to fit the needs of our highly diverse student body.

See the following pages for additional information about each section of our school:

Early Childhood (EC2-Kindergarten)

Elementary School (Grades 1-5)

Secondary School (Grades 6-12)

Questions About Curriculum

What are Standards?

Standards are an increasingly common way of establishing student learning goals. Standards, which are identical from Kindergarten through Grade 12, are also supported by performance indicators that benchmark student success at meeting the standards at each grade level.

You talk a lot about skills development, but how can I know that my child is also learning the content he or she will need to succeed?

Skills development at ISKR is a major part of instruction at all levels, and the Montessori Method, International Primary Curriculum, and Framework for 21st Century Learning ensure that this takes place in a carefully planned, cohesive manner.

However, the knowledge, skills, and understandings targeted by these programs do not take the place of content instruction. Rather, they are taught through content and themes that are typically found in international schools. For instance, IPC units taught in elementary school are done through many recognizable Social Studies and Science themes, such as explorers, ancient civilizations, the solar system, and plants, as well as other traditional and less traditional themes. The difference is that, while content knowledge is increasingly important as students progress through their education, in each section of ISKR, students are assessed in both the skills they have mastered and, particularly in the secondary school, in their mastery of content knowledge. We believe that focusing on both skills and content will better prepare students for success.

What is the process for reviewing curriculum at ISKR? How do we know that ISKR’s curriculum meets international standards and covers an appropriate range of content and skills?

At the International School of Kigali, Rwanda, our curriculum has moved from the “documentation” phase, where we spent the first years of the school writing our program, to the “ongoing review” phase. For our ongoing review process, ISKR uses a Curriculum Review Cycle in which all of the curricula are compared to international standards and best practices in teaching and assessment. Committees from the various subjects and sections of the school conduct a thorough, course-by-course review of all of the curriculum documents and make any necessary revisions.