Learning to Learn

It is a place where our traditional subjects are artfully taught, and our artistic and physical disciplines envelop academically challenging insights.

Learning to Learn

It is a place where our traditional subjects are artfully taught, and our artistic and physical disciplines envelope academically challenging insights.

How do we teach?

AISZ delivers a PK-12 curriculum driven by inquiry and sustained by critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Problem-solving in authentic situations and interdisciplinary transfer of concepts and skills are priorities as teachers design learning experiences. Children learn how to ask questions, explore big ideas, think critically about what they have learned, and consolidate understanding. 

The curriculum is designed to ensure that learners meet learning standards and grade level benchmarks. Students needing support in learning English as an additional language, academic support, and extension are provided for through our student support services.

 

Our Teachers

Our teachers are highly qualified educators, representing 9 nationalities with experience ranging from 2 to over 30 years, bringing with them contemporary knowledge and pedagogical insights from international and local schools. By offering a well rounded US influenced international curriculum we provide our students with opportunities to develop their passions, inquire into areas of interest for them, to ask deep and meaningful questions and strive to find solutions to them.

Student Support Services

We believe that a quality educational program provides challenges for all students and support for students with special learning needs. To that end, Learning Support is designed to increase the academic and emotional success of all students.

Counseling and Guidance

Dear AISZ Families

Counseling at AISZ takes a three-pronged approach in that not only is emotional support available to students but also to the care takers of children, the parents and the teachers. The philosophy behind the counseling of students at AISZ is that the emotional needs of children go hand in hand with the academic needs. In other words, if students are distracted by an emotional concern it will be difficult to focus their energy and attention on the academic task at hand in the classroom.

The role of the AISZ Counsellor is to provide social and emotional counseling to both Lower and Upper School students. This can be initiated through student request, teacher request, and parental request or via the counselors’ observations. Clear procedures are implemented to ensure that the communication occurs between appropriate parties.

AISZ feels that it is important to have available an adult who is viewed as safe and trustworthy by students so that they can talk through troubling issues of concern. Being able to express their worries often allows them to return to the classroom with a greater degree of emotional balance which enables them to work more enthusiastically in the academic realm. It is important to be aware that young people from the ages of 11 to 18 are experiencing profound physical and psychological changes as they move through puberty and into early adulthood. Because of these changes, issues that may seem trivial to an adult take on huge proportions in the mind of an adolescent.

Primary care is provided by teachers and the counsellor supports the teachers by meeting with the student at any time via teacher, student or parent request.

I am here to help students be successful.  I look forward to working with your children and getting to know them throughout the school year.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.

Sincerely,

Andrea Diamant

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Click here for the Let's Talk About Child Development presentation.

 

Click here for the Healthy Relationships and Managing Conflict  presentation.

 

English as an Additional Language

In the Lower School all children whose mother tongue is not English are tested upon entry to AISZ. The language assessments help to determine the appropriate placement in the EAL program and classroom. On-going assessments are used to determine the language support needed to help children access grade-level content, as well as when their English language proficiency is adequate for exiting the EAL program.

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