Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
At KPIS, we take pride in providing a well-balanced education, a program that not only challenges students in academic rigor but also prepares them to grow and develop to their full potential. For us, a KPIS education is not just about acquiring skills and knowledge but also about becoming a good person.
We believe that the right timing is crucial in unfolding a child’s potential. Our program is aligned with research-based stages of development, for students’ needs at each stage.
The curriculum at KPIS is a personalized, American Core Standards-style skill-objective system. There is an emphasis on developing students into global citizens who are effective communicators, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers, and are well-prepared to attend local or western universities or to apply their skills to a fulfilling career.
Areas of study within the curriculum include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, ICT, Art, Music, Physical Education and Health, and Chinese. The KPIS K-12 curriculum has been customized based on the following frameworks in various subject areas and grade levels:
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics: The CCSS form the basis for the K-12 Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum. In addition, other core and elective subject areas have adopted selected standards from the CCSS which are appropriate to their subject areas. For example, the science curriculum has incorporated some mathematics CCSS.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Science classes in secondary grades have largely completed a transition from the California State Standards to the Next Generation Science Standards at all grade levels.
Elective and non-core subjects are designed around the California State Standards for their subject areas. Advanced Placement (AP) classes, Pre-AP classes and Honors classes are offered to high school students who enjoy more academic rigor and plan to apply to top universities around the world.
The curriculum offered at KPIS is also enhanced to meet local regulations and guidelines, promote internationalism, incorporate local language and culture, and prepare students to participate in the ASEAN economic community.
To better understand what the curriculum entails in each subject area, please schedule an appointment to meet with one of our school representatives. Contact Us
During the early stages of a child’s life, we prepare the child for a lifetime of learning. These are crucial times in which we work hard to provide an environment in which the child develops a love of learning, curiosity, and a healthy mind and body.
Our kindergarten learning centers help nourish and foster the perfect learning environment. Children explore the centers, build confidence, self-esteem, and curiosity. The centers combine with The Creative Curriculum®, which applies Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences by helping teachers provide opportunities for each child to pursue their own talents and demonstrate areas of strength. Students learn to work independently and through centers while teachers train and start to facilitate learning for the students.
Through studies, which are hands-on, project-based investigations, The Creative Curriculum® helps teachers build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes.
Through in-depth investigations of science and social studies topics that integrate literacy and mathematics concepts, kindergarten teachers can encourage children to think critically, problem solve, and connect ideas.
We accept students as young as two years old. As students go through pre-kindergarten 1 and 2, they are prepared to take on the challenges that they will meet in kindergarten in which the curriculum transitions them into the upper levels. By the time students complete kindergarten, they are able to understand, speak and read English, and are ready to transition to Grade 1.
The Elementary years build the foundation for deeper learning in all areas, specifically reading and math. Students strengthen their independent learning and start to learn to work collaboratively in groups. It is where practices of learning and skills takes hold, and where students are fostered and challenged to maintain their curiosity and creativity while developing their self-confidence.
Daily schedules included “core subjects” such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, but also specialist classes like art, physical education, swimming, music, and ICT. We also believe in experiential learning outside the classroom, through field trips and community service, which inspires students and enriches the curriculum.
In class, students learn to analyze and question across subject areas, and learn to express themselves in writing, presentations, and discussions, as well as beginning inquiry-based and project-based learning. During these years they come to understand where they are in their learning journey, what their learning targets are, and what it will take for them to reach the next steps.
Middle school may be the most confusing years of a child’s life. This is the time that they are becoming teenagers and are starting to develop their own identity. Middle schoolers build on those skills learned since kindergarten while enhancing the learning skills in more preparation for the high school, mastering the organizational skills, discipline, and attitudes needed for learning in a more rigorous academic setting.
Core subjects in middle school academics continue to be a focus: language arts, social studies, math, and science. But electives are vital for a well-rounded education in an American system, and so there is a wide array available, including: physical education, ICT, art and music, to name a few. Courses are more deeply embedded with project-based learning to provide real-world experiences that allow students to conceptualize, apply, and react to new learning. Middle school opportunities for leadership and service are provided to aid in developing a sense of responsibility and care for our extended community.
Grade 6 is unique, as there is a careful half-immersion system, where students move to two homeroom/core-subject teachers, as opposed to one, in order to start their transition to a full secondary-style schedule. Classes are organized by mixed ability until Grade 8, where we offer our first honors courses and students begin to freely choose electives.
Finally, students in high school face the most academically-rigorous years. Students at this stage need to develop their independent discipline and organization that they will need entering university. Acquiring true self-efficacy at this level is of paramount importance for the emerging young adult.
Academically, high school is where the American curriculum really distinguishes itself. We believe, in the American system, students receive a more well-rounded, balanced education, that sets them of for more choice and options for study at the university level. In some other school systems, students are tracked into certain specialties or career paths by early or mid high school, where we want to expose students to a variety of experiences and situations, to give them broader understanding of the world they are emerging into, and make them better prepared to make decisions about their future.
KPIS makes every effort to offer as many elective classes as possible, especially at the high school level, such as industrial arts, songwriting, publications, and computer programming. The crowning academic achievement for high school students in the American curriculum is success in the Advanced Placement program, which are university-level courses that can earn students college credit. As students get closer to graduating, the school focuses more on preparing them and assisting them in finding and applying to the most suitable universities for them.