While parents choose AIS for a range of reasons, our purpose and mission remain the delivery of a robust US college-preparatory academic program. All programs at AIS are delivered in English. However, as an international school that welcomes students and families from both the local and international communities, we recognize there will always be varying degrees of English language proficiency within our student body. Literacy provides the foundations for academic achievement and as a school committed to academic success, AIS places the development of strong literacy skills at the heart of its curricular program.
English literacy teaching enables students to speak, listen, read, view and write purposefully and confidently. At AIS we provide a balanced literacy program where students become proficient in all aspects of literacy including reading, writing, speaking and listening. Explicit teaching of reading and writing skills, and strategies, provide the main focus for literacy instruction. Students in Early Childhood are exposed to a range of developmental programs that lead to formal areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. As the students move into Grade 1 Junior and then on through the school to Grade 5, they will continue to systematically build and strengthen their literacy skills through our English Language Arts Program.
Reading, writing speaking and listening are supported in the classroom by a range of strategies and resources. The Guided Reading Program commences in Grade 1 Junior, where focus groups are taught explicitly by the teacher whilst other students work independently on meaningful reading activities including comprehension, vocabulary and grammar. The school continues to invest considerable funds into continually building the resources available for this program.
Children commence writing in their first days of school as they develop knowledge and understanding of symbols, letters, words, sentence formation and the writing process. In Grade 1, the 6 Traits of Writing is introduced. This is a system designed to teach students the craft of quality writing, using a structured framework that allows our teachers to provide focused, detailed feedback and instruction. The Six Traits system strengthens students’ writing in the specific areas of organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and ideas.
The Home Reading Program is an important component of our literacy program. Students are provided with 'just right' books at their reading level, and are required to read at home every day and record their reading.
All students in the elementary school participate in library lessons under the instruction of our library clerk and homeroom teachers. Our growing collection is available for weekly circulation.