AIS believes that a holistic education with a strong academic focus is key to helping their students flourish. Find out how they do that through their dynamic curriculum.
Parents can spend forever doing intense research when it comes to choosing the right school for their children. That’s because we want to make sure our children graduate with the necessary skills – be it academic or soft skills – to succeed in whichever career path they choose in the future.
Recognising this need, the Australian International School (AIS) strives to help their students achieve success through a holistic education programme that has a strong focus on academic learning. This is seen in the different curricula the school offers in their Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Here’s the learning journey your child will embark on at AIS:
It starts with inquiry-led curriculum in the student’s primary years
At age six, your kid will start with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) in AIS’ Elementary School. This is a world-recognised programme that is inquiry-led, meaning your child will be playing an active role in each lesson. Instead of simply receiving information from the teachers, your child will be encouraged to learn by asking questions, exploring the available materials, and sharing ideas.
The subjects taught in the IB PYP are aligned to the Australian Curriculum for all subjects, with Mandarin being taught by specialist teachers. Physical Education and Sports lessons are also supported by professional coaches.
Students will be exposed to two world-class curricula in Lower Secondary School
By Years 6-8, your child will start off with the Australian curriculum, before transitioning to the Cambridge IGCSE in Year 9. The first three years in Lower Secondary is an important transition period, as this is when their teachers will start preparing them for IGCSE, which is one of the most challenging but recognised curricula in the world. Year 9 onwards will also be the time when they are allowed to pursue subjects of their choice.
Finally, a choice of getting an international diploma or an Australian certification
Upper Secondary School students at AIS are given the choice to pursue either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) or the Australian Higher School Certificate (HSC). Both are internationally recognised by top universities around the world, so your child just needs to choose the one that they think best suits their goals. On one hand, the IB DP will allow students to continue studying a broad range of subjects; whereas the HSC offers them the choice of specialisation or to continue studying a variety of subjects.
The opportunity to learn different languages
Believing that language is a bridge to different cultures, AIS has four global languages that students can choose to learn during their Secondary School years. Language choices include Indonesian, French, Mandarin, and Spanish Ab-initio.
Non-native English speaking students also have the choice to opt for the Mother Tongue programme. There are six available mother tongue language classes so far, namely Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, French, and Indonesian. These students can also improve their English through AIS’ English Proficiency Programme.
At the end of the day, there’s more than one path to success
This is precisely why AIS offers different curricula, so students can be exposed to different education styles and eventually choose one that suits their abilities and interests. By giving students a choice, AIS believes that this will help students realise their unique potentials and excel in the paths they choose.
This post is in partnership with the Australian International School