Curriculum

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Elementary Curriculum

TYIS offers a curriculum taught in English that is rigorous and challenging. The core subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, are built around North American content standards that accommodate the flexibility for international perspectives. Students are provided opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to express themselves through various mediums.

Language Arts at TYIS is the foundation for all other subjects because students use English to access information. The Language Arts program specifically focuses on close-reading skills and supporting opinions using text evidence within different genres of literacy. In addition, TYIS uses the Accelerated Reader program from Renaissance Place as a complementary component of our program.

Integrated within the curriculum are classes in Physical Education, Swimming, Music, Art, Computer Skills, and Japanese. These classes engage students in new perspectives of thinking and enhance critical thinking skills and base knowledge development. Additionally, our school-wide fall and winter camp trips provide students with invaluable outdoor experiences.

We invite you to come visit one of our scheduled information sessions for more information.



Mainstream Curriculum

TYIS uses a North American curriculum as its foundation for the core subjects: Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, which are adapted to international content standards. This academically challenging curriculum compliments and reinforces our content standards, while providing ample opportunities for students to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to express themselves in unique ways. Integrated within this base curriculum are classes in Physical Education/Swimming, Music, Art, Computer Skills, and Japanese. TYIS incorporates the Complete 4 for Literacy into the reading/writing workshop classroom curriculum. The Complete 4 for Literacy consists of: process, genre, strategy, and conventions to effectively equip students with the necessary skills to become successful readers and writers. In addition, TYIS uses the Accelerated Reader program from Renaissance Place as a complementary component of the school-wide reading/writing workshop structure.

Grade 1
Mr. Mac & Miss Salano
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8:30
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9:00

Morning
Routine/AR

Reading
Buddies
with G7/AR
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Morning
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Routine/AR
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10:00
Reading Reading Writing/
Spelling
Reading

Swimming

9:15-10:00

Snack Snack Snack Snack
10:00
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10:30
Snack
Indoor Recess
Recess
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Recess
(Roof)
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10:30
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11:15
Reading Writing/
Spelling
iReady P.E
10:30-11:15
Writing/
Spelling
11:15
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12:00
Writing/
Spelling
Math Math Math Math
12:00
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1:00
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Recess
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1:00
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2:00
Social
Studies
Science Science Science Social
Studies
Break Computers
1:45-2:30

Break Japanese
1:45-2:30
Break
2:00
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3:00
Music
2:00-2:45

Social
Studies
Art
2:00-2:45
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Pack-up Pack-up Pack-up

Middle School Curriculum

The middle school curriculum aims to transition maturing students into academic studies of greater depth and research. Students study within a block system, which incorporates 90-minute sessions for the core subjects of language arts, math, science and social studies. These curriculum programs engage students in a variety of study strategies including text-based inquiry, close reading, analytical annotation, digital media platforms, presentations and project-based learning activities.

TYIS understands that middle school students come from divers cultural and family backgrounds. Our aim is to foster global responsibility and citizenship and to encourage international awareness and understanding. We value the fact that middle school students are going through transformational stages of development. We want to value their uniqueness, and honor each individual student’s right to personal choice and responsible action.



Computer and Digital Information Class

At TYIS technology is a dynamic tool that enhances creativity, cooperation and collaboration. All students in grades 1-6 have computer class once a week. Students create digital projects that are integrated with their mainstream curriculum. Students use a common computer lab and there are additional computers in grades 5 & 6. At the middle school level, computer technology is a 1:1 device program. Students in the middle school division use computer technology for a variety of academic applications and functions such as the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. This program instructs middle school students, through teacher guidance, to master important tools that are used everyday for digital applications around the world. 1:1 digital programs are the norm at international middle schools and help provide a school culture that fosters creativity, innovation and learning.



Testing

TYIS students are assessed using formative and summative testing tools throughout the school year in all subject areas, including the Accelerated Reading program that supplements the language arts curriculum. Parents are informed of progress through ongoing communication, three report card cycles, classroom blogs and Parent/Teacher conferences. Student writing portfolios are also used for progress monitoring across grades. At the beginning of the year and end of each trimester, G1-8 students take the iReady online assessment in both math and language arts. Students also use iReady once a week as a support-learning platform that tracks and provides higher-level learning material for each individual student.



Academic Support for Kids (ASK)

The goal of the ASK program is to promote the best possible academic success for students who are challenged, in whatever subject necessary. ASK classes include Math, Science, and Social Studies, so that students can increase their vocabulary in these subjects and accelerate their learning. ASK also includes English language learners who are not at grade level in their English language development. Students are helped either outside their regular classroom or assisted within their regular classroom.



4-Core Values

TYIS is committed to the 4-Core Values of the YMCA.They are the essential principles that guide our behavior, decision-making and interactions with others. The 4 Core Values are:

  • CARING- To be kind and show concern for others.
  • HONESTY- To be truthful with yourself and other people.
  • RESPECT- To treat other people as you would have them treat you.
  • RESPONSIBILITY- To do the right thing and be accountable for your actions.

  • All students, teachers and staff follow, and model the 4-Core Values with one another. 4-Core time is scheduled at every grade level in order to focus on practicing and applying these values within our daily personal decisions and actions.