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Academics

High Level Academic Standards
The International Charter School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The five essential elements of the PYP are:

·knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (language, maths, science, social studies, arts, PSPE) and transdisciplinary

·concepts, which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas

·skills, which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom

·attitudes, which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities, and connect directly to the
IB learner profile

·action, which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.

The six transdisciplinary units that are taught each year are "Who We Are", "Sharing the Planet", "How the World Works", "How We Express Ourselves", "Where We Are in Place and Time", & "How We Organize Ourselves"

See our IB Policies here:

ICS Assessment Policy 2016-2017 (ENGLISH), (SPANISH), (PORTUGUESE)
ICS IB Language Policy 2016-2017 (ENGLISH), (SPANISH), (PORTUGUESE)
ICS IB Individual Student Need Policy 2016-2017
(ENGLISH), (SPANISH), (PORTUGUESE)
ICS IB ICT Policy 2016-2017 (ENGLISH), (ESPANOL), (PORTUGUES)

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
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Mission Statement: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit
www.ibo.org

Language Arts

At ICS, we take a balanced approach to literacy instruction to help students meet both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and language learning objectives (http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/). Students engage in learning comprehensive reading and writing strategies through "Literacy Studio". They receive large and small group instruction at their level, as well as individual and group conferencing with teachers. A typical schedule might look like this:

·Crafting: a time to study readers' and writers' craft; for the teacher to think aloud, model, and demonstrate;

·Composing:An extended time each day for children to immerse themselves in reading challenging and interesting texts in a wide variety of genres, applying what they have been taught in crafting sessions.

·Invitational Group:A time during composing when the teacher meets with small groups of children based on their shared need for more intensive instruction and discussion. Children practice, with teacher support, surface and deep structure strategies recently taught in crafting sessions.

·Reflection:It is a time for readers or writers to share with classmates what they have learned or tried. It is a time for the teacher to highlight something that a few readers/writers attempted or did successfully (most often, in connection with the crafting lesson).

Learn more about "Literacy Studio" at

https://www.heinemann.com/shared/companionResources/E02839/AppendixA_LiteracyStudioComponents.pdf

Mathematics

Students at ICS are expected to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics, a clear set of skills and concepts that students need to be successful in college, career and life (http://www.corestandards.org/Math/). At least 50% math standards are integrated into the transdisciplinary units. Other standards are taught independently. ICS uses Investigations (https://investigations.terc.edu/)as a curriculum to help students meet these standards.

Science

Students at ICS are expected to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students learn about science through hands-on activities that are focused on a variety of areas of science: physical science, earth science, life science and inquiry. Science is integrated into the transdisciplinary units.

Learn more at
http://www.nextgenscience.org

Social Studies

Students at ICS meet the expectations of the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and Rhode Island Social Studies Framework by learning through a variety of units that explore the self, family, local and global communities, history and civics. Social Studies is integrated into the IB transdisciplinary units.

Learn more at

https://www.socialstudies.org/c3

Health
The goal of our elementary health program is to focus on developing skills that will help keep the students safe. The students will learn the importance of how to keep the body healthy through proper care of the body, good nutrition, and avoidance of disease. Students learn about health topics with their classroom teachers and the School Nurse Teacher.