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El Alsson International School is accredited by the American international accreditation association of schools and colleges (AIAA)
The American International Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges (AIAA) is a renowned accrediting association which works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the US Department of State.
Obtaining and maintaining our accreditation is an integral asset to Alsson International School. This accreditation not only ensures the highest caliber of educational standards, but validates our students records and transcripts.
Additionally, with this accreditation, students receive an American diploma upon graduation from high school.
STUDENTS PROGRESSION TO SUCCESS
Within the United States, each individual State maintains the right to deliver standards of its choosing, relevant to the State and region. American Schools abroad that offer United States’ curriculum have the opportunity to choose the most recent and rigorous and standards that are relevant to an international community within the host country. As students’ progress, they will possess the prerequisite knowledge and skills to move from one grade level to the next. Combining our chosen curriculum with our General Learning Outcomes, our students will be adequately prepared for a successful future.
It is our expectation that all students will actively demonstrate the AIS General Learning Outcomes of:
Problem Solving/Thinking Skills
Think analytically, strategically, critically, creatively, independently and collaboratively.
Efficiently allocate their time and energy towards prioritized tasks.
Communicate effectively as listeners, speakers, readers and writers through auditory, visual, physical or digital means to a range of audiences for a range for purposes.
Demonstrate compassion, honesty and integrity in dealing with others.
A STANDARDS BASED CURRICULUM
For every school offering the American Curriculum, there are “standards” or content knowledge that students must master and demonstrate for every subject, at every grade level.
Within each subject area, teachers instruct and assist students in mastering these content standards. Over the course of one year, there are various “benchmarks“along the way to ensure that students master each standard in each subject area.
LEARNING OUTCOME APPROACH
All quality American schools have adopted learning outcomes in some form and teach to these outcomes. The learning outcomes encompass what the school truly believes all students should know and be able to do, now and into the future.
Alsson International School caters to students starting in the Pre-Kindergarten program through to Kindergarten (ages 3 – 5). Traditionally, International American schools are organized as Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
Students who successfully complete the American Curriculum will earn an American High School Diploma, which is recognized by universities around the world as a valid qualification for entry. The American Curriculum also offers students college-level course work during their high school education in the form of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Because of the strong emphasis on the delivery of content knowledge through a learning outcome approach, the students “learn how to learn”, and the transferability from other schools is quite strong. At the High School level (Grades 9 to 12) this transferability is even more important. Graduation from an accredited American High School is, in itself, a passport to potential entry into virtually every university across the globe.
AIS Schools strive to provide students with a rich variety of co-curricular activities so that students can explore their interests and develop their passions. A strong sports, arts, technology, academic competitions, and service learning program gives students a venue for application of both content knowledge and learning outcomes. Co-curricular activities are optional and allow students to either take a sampling of offerings or focus on developing a high level skill in a known passion.
Elementary School (Age 5-10)
Kindergarten through grade 5 students focus on key literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students learn the art of the English language through the 6+1 Trait Writing Model of Instruction and Assessment, and the Daily 5 literacy framework. Numeracy is a daily focus as students work to gain a balance between concepts and procedures, while developing sound mathematical practices. Science, social studies, visual art, music, physical education, and world language are instructed in a student-centered approach of practical hands-on learning. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Middle School (Age 11-13)
In Middle School, students have subject-specific teachers. Students are exposed to language arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Health, and Technology. The Middle School curriculum is designed to prepare students for a successful transition into High School. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions. Our goal is to develop independent, successful, life-long learners.
High School (Age 14-18)
The AIS High School curriculum qualifies students to earn a US High School Diploma. Student choice in all subject areas allows students to tailor their High School diploma to meet the requirements of desired future studies. Rigorous courses delivered with a focus on the AIS General Learning Outcomes are offered at varying levels of difficulty and commitment. The Advanced Placement (AP) offerings designed by the US College Board culminate in external examinations qualifying students for entry to their university of choice. Beginning in Grade 10 students work with a High School Guidance Counselor to assist in suitable course selection for potential university requirement. Graduation from AIS is, in itself, a passport to potential entry to virtually every university across the globe.
US High School Diploma
Students graduating from AIS are prepared to enter universities around the world. From Grade 10, students will receive individual counseling regarding their targeted region of university choice. AIS then assists students in choosing courses and co-curricular’s necessary to achieve their goals.
AIS High School Diploma Requirements:
– English – 4 Credits
– Mathematics – 3 Credits
– Science – 3 Credits
– Social Studies – 3 Credits
– World Language – 2 Credits
– Physical Education – 2 Credits
– Arts – 1 Credits
– Health/Technology – 1 Credit
– Electives – 6 Credits
High School Curriculum with Advanced Placement Options
Students participate in book groups to investigate specific genres such as science fiction, micro histories, or myth-busting. Students are required to read the fiction and nonfiction of their choice in their own time. Authentic, real world writing tasks are presented in a writer’s workshop environment where students get individualized instruction in writing process and proofreading. Students produce analytical papers and learn to write personal essays. The strongest English track would include AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition.
High School students are required to complete three years of Mathematics. The basic track would include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The most challenging Mathematics track would include Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB (AP). Alternatively a student may choose Statistics or Advanced Placement Statistics (AP). All Mathematics courses are based on the Common Core 8 Mathematical Practices. The practice of ‘Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them’ as well as ‘Attend to precision’ are consistently emphasized as applicable to all areas of mathematical study. Students engage in the Eight Mathematical Practices, involving critical thinking as they ‘Reason abstractly and quantitatively’ and ‘Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others’. Problem solving involves the ‘Use of appropriate tools strategically’ and ‘Model with mathematics’. Strategic thinking also require that students ‘Look for and make use of structure’ while ‘Expressing regularity in repeated reasoning’. These Practices, along with the development of the four learner outcomes, form the backbone of the mathematics curriculum.