Our curriculum and extra-curricular programs evolve from our mission and goals. The Primary Years Program (PYP) is a concept-driven, inquiry-based curriculum. This transdisciplinary learning has six overarching themes: Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organize ourselves, and Sharing the planet. Our theme-based approach allows students to integrate knowledge and skills across subject areas and build holistic views of the world, their life, and their body. We also emphasize the relevance of school learning for students’ daily life by linking school learning to students’ out-of-school lives. Special emphasis is placed on nurturing students’ creativity in all subject areas. The results are especially visible to the outside community when all students perform in the December Holiday and Spring concerts and exhibition of artworks.
Students learn in groups of varying sizes and also individually. Groups can be multi-age, ability- or interest-based, determined by teachers, but also selected by students. Our goal is to develop independent and motivated learners, but also to ensure that all students master the learning objectives and goals in each subject area.
Our low student/teacher ratio allows for intensive small-group teaching and learning, strong student participation and discussion as well as adherence to different learning styles by teachers. We also regularly have interns who work with students in small groups or individually.
In addition, parents with specific expertise and knowledge as well as other professionals join us for special topics such as world religions, music, biology, or architecture. As our families represent many different nationalities, we regularly integrate cultural and language diversity into our learning.