Growing towards proficiency and self-discovery
In our Elementary School, a personalized dual language immersion model helps scholars to build foundational skills and proficiency in both English and Chinese. We use regular progress monitoring exercises to build and update personalized learning plans that focus on growth towards proficiency and resiliency.
Chinese and international teachers, supported by teaching fellows, deliver an integrated STEAM-based curriculum that fosters critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration and self-awareness. Experiential and conceptual learning is enhanced through cross-disciplinary projects linking sciences, technology and mathematics with the arts, inclusive of the humanities.
50/50 Dual Language Immersion (DLI):
In Elementary School, we aim for half of the daily or weekly instruction to be spent uninterrupted in Chinese and the other half in English. For example, in Grades 1 and 2, half of each day might be instructed in Chinese, while in Grades 3 to 5, there might be entire days each week uninterrupted in English, similarly in Chinese, with the balance of the days almost half days in English and Chinese. In addition to ensuring that scholars’ meet dual language proficiency targets, our DLI approach provides scholars with a double dose of math, humanities, science and philosophy instruction through integrated STEAM discovery lessons taught as one course in Chinese and another course in English.
Balanced Literacy Approach:
To build foundational skills and proficiency in the Chinese and English languages, flexible literacy groups are co-taught in the 50/50 Dual Language Immersion model to personalize learning that meets scholars’ unique needs.
Integrated STEAM Curriculum:
We reinforce subject content through a cross-disciplinary STEAM curriculum, using student-centered, inquiry-based study of thematic discovery topics. In addition to providing a double dose of instruction in science, math and humanities, scholars’ confidence taking risks with critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and self-awareness is strengthened.