SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
AIAN maintains a lively and nurturing learning environment. Nursery to Grade 12 are taught by certified and experience teachers. Instruction is in English and Mandarin is taught by native speakers. Our goals, outlined in the school’s mission statement, are English and Chinese proficiency, personal growth, physical fitness, academic success and social responsibility.
The visual arts are used to foster creativity in the young minds of our students as well as reinforce their learning in other areas of the curriculum. Our students gain experience in a wide range of media and techniques including, but not limited to; drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. Through these key areas, students’ development as global citizens is aided as they learn experientially about the art from different cultures, across a wide range of time periods.
The service learning component at AIAN promotes character development. The staff works with students to achieve common goals on service tasks on campus, in the community and with partners around the globe. In doing these projects students learn about their own strengths and weaknesses and how to improve themselves. Personal and social responsibility is cultivated by participation in age-appropriate activities that benefit others at school and in the community at large.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program prepares students who don’t have a strong background in English to participate in the regular, literature-based English/Language Arts Curriculum here at AIAN. By aligning our goals with Common Core Aero we achieve measurable progress in all three of our schools and see the most pronounced progress in elementary school due to younger children’s affinity for mechanical language production. We continue to support and build the language skills of our middle and high school students, and provide care and attention from pre-K to grade 12 as of 2015. A variety of internationally recognized tests are used to make sure children are getting the support they need, most notably Language Assessment Scale (LAS), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA). At AIAN we are committed to data driven instruction and the ESL Department tailors the class to the needs of the individual student, engaging them with a variety of techniques and methodologies in order to create global citizens.
The English/Language Arts program enhances students’ core reading and writing skills and is literature- and composition-based. The program begins in Nursery and Elementary classes, and continues through secondary instruction. Students are encouraged to become avid readers; this is grounded in the belief that if students read well, they will enjoy and be prepared for years of study. Great works of literature and the best of non-literary works are used to engage and motivate students to think critically about themselves, and the world around them. The English/Language Arts program includes an integrated system of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language usage. The program is based upon a core selection of contemporary and classical literature. Instructional activities incorporate phonic, spelling, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, composition, grammar, and punctuation skills. Students are encouraged to become avid readers though highly engaging and motivating assignments. Additionally, focus is placed on oral language activities to help foster fluency in the English language. Teachers guide and encourage students to embark on independent and collaborative prose, poetry, and dramatic projects of using a variety of authentic assessments.
The AIAN Mandarin Curriculum teaches children to understand the modern and traditional Chinese language. The highly successful Chinese Made Easy program is used Grade K-12. As students explore Chinese literature, history, arts and culture, they learn Chinese grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation systems, writing systems, and composition skills. In the end, students sound polite, educated, and speak clearly in Chinese. Students in Grade 11-12 are encouraged to sit for advanced exams such as Advanced Placement or AP or Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT in order to demonstrate their mastery in the Mandarin language and culture.
Mathematics teachers at AIAN tailor their instruction to the ability level of the students in the class. In grades K-12, the teachers design curricula to meet the numeracy levels of the students in order to make mathematics more accessible. Teachers incorporate homework, direct and indirect instruction, technology, and games in order to make mathematics relevant. The real-world application of mathematics encourages students to become critical thinkers.
The Music Curriculum at AIAN encourages students to express their feelings. Music class exposes students to the riches of Western and Asian cultures and enables students to discover their resources, as individuals and as members of their own cultures. Students are taught tempo, dynamics, mood, timbre and form through listening, singing, reading, movement and performance. Students develop and understanding of how music is related to other areas such as history, art, etc. The Music curriculum seeks to promote not only fundamental musical concepts but also an understanding of Eastern and Western musical traditions and the positions occupied by music within these cultures.
The Science program promotes an understanding of the physical and biological world. In the science classroom, students work individually, in pairs or in small groups on projects to meet international standards and benchmarks. The scientific method is taught in order to develop critical thinking. Scientific observation, theorization, experimentation and communication are promoted in science classes. Students work with computers, magnets, microscopes, prisms, test tubes, stones and fossils as they are introduced to magnetism and electricity, plants and animals, water and air, light and color, acids and bases, geology, reproduction, time and technology.
The Social Studies Curriculum encourages children to explore life within and beyond their immediate communities. Younger students discover and enjoy the uniqueness and variety of individuals. Older students learn about cultural diversity. The focus is on the histories and cultures of Eastern and Western societies and how these societies have had an impact on the world civilization. The highly respected Core Knowledge program provides a scope and sequence to allow students to explore all regions of the world in all periods of history. Social Studies classes collaborate with other subjects such as English/Language Arts to promote skills such as the 5-paragraph essay.
AIAN Physical Education emphasizes competitive and cooperative sportsmanship. Activities for Grades K-3 emphasize physical fitness, motor skills, manipulative activities and games. Activities for Grade 4-6 include physical fitness, soccer, basketball, volleyball, field hockey, mat-ball, hit-pin, climbing, dance, manipulative activities, track and field, softball, ping pong, football and golf. Instruction emphasizes the benefits of physical fitness, including personal hygiene and appearance. Cooperation with peers, willingness to participate, a positive attitude in class and respect for peers and teachers are encouraged. AIAN promotes physical activities with the knowledge that rules, strategies, biomechanics and terminologies in sports develop cognitive as well as motor and manipulative skills. AIAN strives to offer a wide variety of after school sport options to the students grades 6-12. These sports are for students to experience competitions against teams from neighboring schools, along with traveling great distances for tournaments. AIAN works hard to create strong and lasting relationships among team members and demonstrates great sportsmanship at all times. AIAN’s students are always welcome to join any sports team with or without previous experience. AIAN is currently a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). Each year we send some of our teams to non-affiliated ACAMIS tournaments and affiliated ACAMIS tournaments.
The academic program at AIAN operates in a technology-rich environment, enabling students with the digital skills and confidence necessary for success in the 21st century. Technology classes in the elementary and middle school years focus on building digital literacy and skills through thoughtful use of the Internet and software applications, and electives such as computer programming and web development are offered at the high school level. More than just a stand-alone subject, technology is fully integrated into the curriculum at all levels, with interactive whiteboards and a variety of software and online platforms being used on a daily basis by teachers and staff.