Our Elementary Students

Our elementary students come from all over the world and bring to AISC different perspectives and traditions which are celebrated in a spirit of curiosity and respect.  Our mission is to build on our students’ curiosities and instill a love for learning which include great habits of mind.  Our nurturing teachers individualize instructional goals and maximize student potential.

Our Elementary Programs

The elementary curriculum is centered around the Virginia State Standards to develop academic competencies.  We implement the balanced literacy approach with levelled books to support differentiated learning in all classrooms.  Teachers use modelled demonstration, shared demonstration, guided and independent practice as a framework for planning and implementing instruction in literacy.

All teachers conduct the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) three times a year to set goals for reading engagement, oral reading fluency and comprehension and to document growth in these areas.  Comprehension strategies are explicitly taught, and 6+1 Traits of Writing are used as a framework for writing assessment and instruction.

We use the Everyday Math Program from the University of Chicago to delivery our math strands in a conceptual, cognitively demanding way.  Science and Social Studies units are taught each term using a conceptual-based curriculum framework.

Social Studies and Science units are taught in a conceptual manner, compelling students to ask questions, inquire, discover and make connections.

Students receive weekly instruction in specialist classes such as art, music, library skills, PE and Greek for native speakers or Greek as a foreign language, while technology skills are integrated throughout the elementary program.

English Language Learners (ELL) benefit from our ELL program and individualized support.  Students with mild learning difficulties receive attention from our Learning Support Department.

Our Individualized Programs

AISC uses a variety of ways to address the instructional and emotional-social needs of every child.  DRA, along with Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing and regular teacher-student goal setting experiences foster a sense of indpendence and creates a culture of responsibility for one’s own learning.  Students are taught how to resolve conflict and respect differences.  The small classes in the elementary school provide warm relationships between everyone.

For more information about our Grades 1-5 program, please refer to the Elementary Curriculum Overview document, the Elementary Information Sheet 2016-2017, and the Supply List for your grade level.