Dynamic, Compassionate and Connected Learners
Our Elementary School (Grades K–5) provides a dynamic learning environment where students are encouraged to experience new things while building the foundational skills necessary for academic success.
Explore Our International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)
As an IB PYP school, we are focused on learning and growing. We develop the whole child and place the learner at the center of all we do. We learn through playing, asking questions, being risk takers and trying new things.
Our curriculum, framed by the IB PYP, uses the AERO, Common Core, and NGSS standards to tailor a program most relevant to our unique context and learners. Within the PYP framework, we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
We believe our students should be active participants in their own learning with the expectation that they become independent and reflective of the world around them. A variety of student support and extracurricular programs are offered to enrich the Elementary School journey.
Explore Our Inquiry-Based Curriculum
Our inquiry-based Elementary School program provides a concept-driven, transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. AISG’s Program of Inquiry takes the six transdisciplinary themes provided by the IB organization and creates its own central ideas and lines of inquiry that reflect the unique aspects of our community. Our teachers are committed to creating a dynamic environment which supports and promotes compassionate and connected learning.
So what does this look like? Students are guided by the phases of the Inquiry Cycle by exploring, documenting, reflecting and acting, resulting in an authentic and personalized journey. Structuring our learning around the Inquiry Cycle, provides teachers and students with a framework that helps us as a school think beyond activities and move into a more thoughtful process that is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant for all learners. To help even further visualize inquiry, our video explains each phase of the Inquiry Cycle by showcasing the PYP Exhibition, the student’s culmination experience of learning and a powerful demonstration of student agency.
A Community of Readers
The Ersha Campus library is a dynamic, energetic, balanced, and connected learning space. It is a hub of creativity, and a place for quiet retreat. Reading for choice and learning are the primary goals for this space, along with ensuring that students have the skills required to be informed digital citizens and researchers, capable of exploring their own independent inquiries.
Library lessons are guided by the teacher librarian and constructed in collaboration with our Elementary School teachers and the PYP Coordinator to ensure relevancy to classroom learning. Students are encouraged to develop a love of reading as they begin to understand how to use and utilize a library space to benefit their learning needs.
At AISG, some of the best learning takes place beyond the classroom walls. We leverage our local and community relationships to enrich student learning opportunities.
During the PYP Units of Inquiry, students explore both their home and host cultures to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. Students participate in a range of field trips which provide authentic connections to the local culture.
AISG offers additional support services for students who demonstrate mild learning needs. Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program and Learning Support program is designed to assist students to engage with the curriculum and achieve academic success. Students in the program receive extra language support in the regular classroom using the inclusion model of EAL support.
Our Learning Support program combines in-class support, small group instruction and individual targeted support for students identified as needing additional interventions. The overall goal of the Learning Support program is to develop the academic skills of students with learning needs so they can develop into successful and independent learners.