A Holistic Approach to Learning
A Student-focused Approach
At TCIS, we do not 'just deliver content', we prepare children to be curious, discerning, creative, goal-focused, and reflective. We also invest in children to cultivate habits, systems, skills, and personal standards. With these things in place, engagement with classroom content becomes personal and alive. Students who adopt these qualities do well now and in the future. In the end, our goal is to develop learners who are future-ready, in an ever-changing world.
A focus on the student also affirms them as people with unique goals, talents, and passions. Holistic education means that attention needs to be given to all areas of life. The learning process should address mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the traditional approach at TCIS and a characteristic of IB done well.
As educators, the concept of continuous life-long learning is important to us. We want students to leave this community with the skills to succeed in university and beyond. When we first considered the IB program, we appreciated the continuous learning structure. Three challenging and developmentally-sound programs progress through the learning years. This fits very well with the TCIS standards for vertical alignment of curriculum in K-12.
We encourage our youngest learners to explore and ask about the world around them. Within the PYP framework, elementary students learn how to ask good questions. Children have fun experience that helps them build systems for learning and processing.
This begins with play-based learning in Kindergarten and grows into real research in Grade 5. Students learn how to ask, think, test, and learn.
Students in middle school begin to think about their identity and the idea of place within the world. As they learn subject concepts at TCIS, they also begin to look at the communities around them. They learn how they can make a difference in helping others using their gifts and interests.
Academic rigor and workload gently increase as students approach grade 9. Students make a gentle transition into high school, and then into the Diploma Program.
Students in the Diploma Programme engage in rigorous academic learning and research methods. Courses are intensive, and students learn skills to make them college-ready. In the end, they are very much ready to enter and succeed in university.
Students in their last four years of clubs and activities hold high leadership roles. They take extra initiative and responsibility for the things they are passionate about.
Big-Picture Academic Points
English Language of Instruction
English is the language of instruction and the common language on campus. Our English language learners (ELL) access a system of extra support in the ELA Department. The goal is to develop language skills and also access the full content of subject classes. We teach more than conversational English. Our ELL students engage in full classroom content while learning technical/academic language.
IB programs gain recognition worldwide as excellent preparation for university education. College professors around the world agree that IB graduates are ready for the rigors of higher learning. Many universities give advanced credits to students who have completed the IB diploma. The TCIS College and Career Counseling team is a large resource for students. They provide extensive knowledge for choosing and applying to universities around the world.
S.T.E.M School, Humanities, and Arts Focus Programs
These are areas that many of our students choose to continue on with in university. We have engaging programs that meet students' interests and prepare them for university. Double science and humanities tracks are available in the DP. Higher Level Arts are available for concentrated learning and portfolio building.
Many of the values that we hold as Christians align with those of caring and peace-loving peoples. The fundamentals of the IB learner profile align with a Christian worldview education. In that, we reference biblical principles as a common point for learning about the world.
A holistic education will address matters of spirituality as well. As we approach learning and diverse community, we do so through a Christian-faith lens. Our faith is one of hope and working to serve our fellow humankind. That is a message we hope for all our community to consider.