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Curriculum Overview

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The framework of the Early Childhood and Elementary School is the Primary Years Program which is noted as being the first curriculum developed for international primary schools. Now adopted by the IBO as their worldwide program for students in the younger years of the school experience, the curriculum leads to the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Programs. AISB is proud to have been one of the first schools in the world authorized to use the IB curriculum from ages 2-19. Through both the curriculum and our work with students, we aim to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child in a secure and stimulating environment. We provide frequent, research-based professional development to our teaching staff in order to ensure that our students are engaged in the ideal learning opportunities as guided by high-quality instruction and methodology.

International perspective

A critical focus of the program to make the most of the multi-cultural background and diverse experience of our student population; the school curriculum synthesizes the best practice from education systems around the world, and aims to ease students’ transition between schools, on entering and leaving AISB.

Inquiry-based

The key aspect to the instructional method of the PYP; our teaching methods build on students’ individual knowledge and interests, and emphasize learning how to learn and how to find out, using both traditional and contemporary media.

Concept-driven

Students work with universal, key concepts in order to provide a structure for exploring significant and authentic content; students interact with these key concepts in order to make more meaningful connections across all subject areas.

Transdisciplinary

The subject areas of math, language, science and social studies are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help the students make meaningful connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning and application of the learning.

Students engage in a transdisciplinary approach that allows them to:

  • explore, wonder and question
  • experiment and play with possibilities
  • make connections and predictions
  • collect data and report findings
  • clarify existing ideas and reappraise perceptions
  • make and test theories
  • research and search information
  • take and defend a position
  • solve problems in a variety of ways

Differentiated

The flexibility of the PYP framework allows us to customize a program that supports the individual learning needs of our students, reflects the multinational composition of our school population and celebrates the unique nature of our host country, Romania.

Action / Service Learning

We believe that we all have the power and responsibility to ‘take action’. Action begins at the most immediate and basic level; with the self; within the family and within the classroom, hallways and the playground.

In the Early Childhood we are committed to serving people, animals and the environment by embracing the following: (1) promoting a clean environment; (2) responding to the needs of living things; (3) addressing health concerns; (4) fostering education for all, and (5) raising awareness of global and local issues.

Curriculum Overview

Early Childhood

Early Childhood 2 to Kindergarten: children aged between 2 and 6

162 students from 39 nationalities speaking 43 languages

61% of EC faculty holds an advanced degree (MA or PhD)

52 members of faculty and staff look after the Early Childhood

Maximum class sizes of 12 (EC2), 15 (EC3), 18 (EC4) & 20 (KG) children


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EST 1962 by the US Embassy

Local and expatriate families from government, business, and social welfare organizations

Highly qualified faculty with continuous access to current instructional materials, teaching strategies, and professional development.

 

820 students from 55 nationalities

Top 5 nationalities: 30% Romanians, 15% North American, 5% Israeli, 5% Turkish, and 4% German

223 members of faculty and staff, representing 19 countries and 26 languages. 80:20 foreign to local faculty and 10:1 student to faculty ratios.

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