The curriculum at AISJ is based on our school mission and a clear vision for best practices in teaching and learning. It is framed and organized around standards and benchmarks that develop the understandings, knowledge, and skills necessary for all students to be successful. Teaching and learning are guided by essential agreements that reflect our beliefs and guide our practice. Engaging, relevant, and challenging units of study are continuously renewed so that we reach all of our students and cater to their diverse needs. A nurturing learning environment, small class sizes, and a range of teaching strategies aim to provide optimal learning opportunities for all students.
Teachers at AISJ take the responsibility for translating the written curriculum into a challenging road map for learning, and differentiation strategies further support individual learning needs and styles.
In an AISJ classroom, you will see:
- Learning and assessment focused on essential concepts and skills
- Students engaged in meaningful tasks that provide a balance between skill building and learning for understanding
- Flexible grouping - individual, small group, and whole class
- Clear guidelines for student assignments, performance tasks, assessment and behavior
- Models or exemplars of products and processes
- Recognition of student readiness, background knowledge, interests and learning styles to drive teaching
- Rich sources of information at various reading levels, in different languages, and in varying formats to match the needs of the learners