Curriculum

SAIS offers a curriculum based on United States standards developed by national organizations.

  • Mathematics:  Common Core State Standards
  • English Language Arts:  Common Core State Standards
  • Science:  Next Generation Science Standards
  • Social Studies:  AERO Social Studies Curriculum Framework
  • Music and Visual Art:  National Core Arts Standards
  • Physical Education:  SHAPE America National Standards

English Language Arts

All instruction at SAIS is conducted in English.  Teachers use a variety of methods to teach the Common Core State Standards, including Project-Based Learning, Reading and Writing Workshop, direct instruction in grammar and vocabulary, and Reading A-Z.  Extra English Language Learner support is available for students demonstrating that need.

Mathematics

Mathematics instruction at SAIS is a balanced approach between problem-solving skills, conceptual knowledge, and procedural fluency.  Mathematics is a key element in many educational projects.  SAIS usese the Eureka Math curriculum, which is America’s top-rated math curriculum.  Students also use technology to support math learning, including Khan Academy and other educational programs

Science

At SAIS, science is at the heart of many educational projects.  Students follow the Next Generation Science Standards by learning science processes and cross-cutting concepts in addition to content-specific knowledge.  Authentic experiments form the core of the curriculum.

Social Studies

An international school setting requires a particularly broad approach to the social studies.  Using authentic projects, SAIS teaches the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards, placing particular emphasis on perspective, empathy, and global citizenship.  Projects frequently result in local action on a social issue of importance.

Maker EDUCATION

At SAIS, every classroom is a maker space.  All students experience project-based learning, and students are afforded time in a dedicated, well-stocked maker space.

SAIS employs a full time Director of Maker Education to support teachers and students in their project-based learning.  The DME maintains the maintains the maker space, plays an active role in technology and school improvement, and provides a rich design thinking curriculum to support 21st century learning.

SAIS believes that students need to learn much more than content knowledge.  Successful persons are able to communicate, collaborate, and create.  MakerSpace supports the development of these important skills by teaching students how to implement design thinking and manage projects.  Hands-on problem solving is critical to success in the real world.

Visual Art

Visual art is part of the curriculum for all SAIS students.  As in all classes at SAIS, emphasis is placed on creative projects that meet national learning standards.  SAIS promotes a balanced approach, including opportunities to present art, respond to art, and connect art to other disciplines.

MUSIC

Curricular music is offered to students in grades K-8.  As with visual art, music follows the core arts standards framework of providing balanced instruction among creating, performing, responding, and connecting.  A minimum of two public performances are included as part of the required curriculum.

 

Physical Education

SAIS recognizes not only the need for students to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy, but it also recognizes important research indicating that physical education supports academic growth.  The PE program at SAIS develops motor skills, applies those skills to physical situations, teaches students to maintain their health, teaches social responsibility, and develops a mindset of life-long physical activity.

CHINESE

Chinese is required for all students K-8.  Students are grouped into age cohorts for scheduling, but teachers evaluate each student’s proficiency and differentiate instruction accordingly.  The curriculum develops each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in Mandarin.  As with all classes at SAIS, the Chinese curriculum utilizes project-based learning as the primary method of instruction.

Laura Flaxman

Principal

SAIS is a leader in innovative education. At SAIS, we believe that students need to learn creative thinking and problem solving in order to meet the needs of the world of tomorrow. Our curriculum delivers American educational content standards through a unique combination of project-based learning, traditional methods, and Maker experiences. Our small class sizes and friendly atmosphere guarantee that your student will receive the attention that he or she needs and deserves.

We welcome you to experience the SAIS difference. Please browse our projects on the website, reach out to us via phone or email, or come to the school for a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!

Early Learning Environment (ELE) Curriculum

SAIS uses project-based learning and the American Common Core State Standards to deliver the ELE curriculum.Major topics include sensorial lessons, exercises of practical life, developing independence, mathematics, language, biology, and geography.

Additional Programs

After School Activities

Each SAIS teacher conducts a nine week after-school activity.  These activities run from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Specific activities vary, based on student interest and teacher expertise.

Library

At SAIS, there is no central library.  The second and third floors each have dedicated spaces with books and computers, and hallway bookshelves are also stocked with books.  Students are never more than a few feet from appropriate reading material.  Students also have extensive access to laptops for researching projects, and are able to access digital libraries through our technology.

Technology

Technology is often an integral part of the research needed to complete projects.  SAIS maintains an inventory of one laptop for every two students, which is sufficient for project-based learning.

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