- Elementary School
Explore and Excel
The APIS Elementary School curriculum focuses on empowering young students as they gain confidence in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The core curriculum integrates specialist subjects including physical education, art, music, Korean language, and Chinese or Japanese language. Students develop foundational skills through inquiry-based and concept-driven approach, where students have opportunities to engage in deeper understanding both independently and with others. Experiential learning outside the classroom includes field trips, retreats, and community service opportunities so the students can make connections of their knowledge to the real-world situation.
The APIS Kindergarten curriculum is designed to foster three main areas. First, it is to form group dynamics so that the younger students learn how to work in groups, play, discuss, cooperate, stand up for themselves, and show kindness as well as empathy towards others. Next, regardless of the level of fluency in the English language, all children need to continue to grow their ability to communicate and adapt new vocabulary in their personal and academic realms. Lastly, students will develop self-regulation to learn how to control their bodies, emotions, and focus attention on the proper things to be successful in school and life. Students at this age learn best by touching, pretending, and asking. This is why we use guided play to learn in the classroom.
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The workshop approach enables students to progress at a pace that they are ready for, and to learn the skills they need as they need them individually. Each student receives instruction both at their grade level and as individual students to build all of the skills they will need to effectively read and speak in English for many varied purposes.
In the elementary school, APIS provides a unique sequence that allows students to start learning an Asian language and culture (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) from kindergarten so that they can continue developing for mastery as they go through secondary school. Topics are selected from real-life scenarios and are used for everyday communication. In addition to dialogues, a selection of reading materials and practice activities make the content as rich and varied as possible to stimulate the learners’ interests.
The curriculum is focused on topics and themes in each integrated unit as well as foundational language skills. Elementary school students study a foreign language three times a week starting kindergarten.
The elementary performing classes have three concerts each year, including Christmas, Spring, and our End of the Year Concert.
The goal of social studies at APIS is that students conceptualize themselves as a part of multiple larger systems. In kindergarten and first grade, students learn about personal needs and wants while in fifth grade, they take this concept to a higher level and understand how needs are met through world trade.
Through field trips, interactions with community members, research and relevant novels, students are transported to the past, exposed to the present, and given a glimpse into the potential of the future as a true global citizen.