Philosophy

RESPONSIVE To your child’s unique developmental stage and learning style

At KLISCB we believe that, while many children of the same age or grade level share similar characteristics, each child is fundamentally an individual. Working closely with parents, we assess each student’s strengths and interests; personality and approach to learning; and skills and abilities to co-create individual learning plans that are challenging yet achievable. Whether your child is an English Language Learner, academically-gifted, or has special education needs, he or she will thrive at KLISCB.

Student-Centered Learning

Our student-centered pedagogical approach puts students - rather than teachers - at the center of the learning process. It includes:

  • An emphasis on active learning experiences rather than lectures
  • Open-ended problems that require critical or creative thinking, and cannot be solved by following text examples
  • Simulations and role plays that apply learning to real-world contexts
  • Self-paced and/or cooperative (team-based) learning

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a form of student-centered instruction that occurs over an extended time period, during which students select, plan, investigate, and produce a product, presentation, or performance that answers a real-world question or responds to an authentic challenge.

Core principles

  • Attention to the whole child, including his or her social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and artistic development
  • Inquiry-driven programming that emerges from the needs and interests of the students
  • An integrated approach to curriculum that seeks connections between and amongst subject area disciplines
  • Real-world connections and experiential “learning by doing” including hands-on projects, expeditions, and field trips
  • Diverse modes of assessment on a wide variety of work
  • Follow the AERO English/Language Arts Common Core Plus Framework, a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools
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BENEFITS

Research shows that project-based and student-centered learning can lead to

  • Increased motivation to learn
  • Greater retention of knowledge
  • Deeper understanding
  • More robust development of problem-solving strategies
  • Greater transfer of skills to new situations
  • More positive attitudes towards the subject being taught