The school offers a differentiated learning experience for all subjects through inquiry based instruction so that students are appropriately nurtured and challenged. This is accomplished through our small class sizes, low student/teacher ratios, and best of class resources and components to support classroom instruction.
The school utilizes the standards of the British National Curriculum and the outward-looking, global philosophy of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) accreditation process for individualized, high-quality learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. The school also participates in a formal mindfulness program and adheres to a Positive Behavior Model. Combined, these programs encourage strong moral values, along with the highest standards of behavior and personal responsibility in our inclusive environment.
We encourage you to explore the UK National Curriculum.
Singapore Math is our PK – middle school math resource originally created by the department of education in Singapore. It includes a variety of materials including textbooks, workbooks, challenge problems, and extra practice designed to reach students at all levels. Practice is sequential and organized to push students as they become more comfortable with the topics. There are also a variety of manipulatives available to help students visualize and conceptualize their learning. Singapore Math classrooms are productive, focused, and full of mathematical conversations.
Singapore Math differs from other math resources because it is interactive, collaborative, and creative, allowing students to use a variety of tools to solve problems and engage their critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to use concrete (physical objects), pictorial (drawings), and abstract (numbers and equations) methods, as they are ready, to solve problems in a variety of ways. The focus on activities is the process because there is always more than one way to solve a problem. Singapore Math is based on math concepts, surrounded by skills and procedures. All three are necessary for a well-rounded mathematics education.
We chose to use Singapore Math at the International School of Texas for several reasons. First, it is rigorous. With its mix of practice, problem solving, and mental calculation, students learn math deeply and broadly. Singapore Math is designed to prepare students to be successful in upper levels of math and to keep them engaged and excited and lifelong learners. Second, it is collaborative. The IB program highlights the importance of the 21st-century skill of collaboration, and Singapore Math does as well. Students need to be able to put their thinking into words, both orally and in writing. Students are encouraged to talk through how they’re solving problems with their classmates and work together to solve problems using more than one method. Third, Singapore Math is differentiated. Our students have a variety of skill sets, and Singapore Math has the materials to support all of our students, from students who need extra practice to students who are ready for an extra challenge.