This section provides answers to some of the most frequent questions that we receive from prospective families.
How does the B.C. curriculum compare to an American curriculum or IB approach to learning?
The B.C. curriculum takes the best practices from around the world and is currently ranked extremely high compared to other national curriculums from the USA, other areas of Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. This combination of best practice allows teachers to create a progressive and effective curriculum that is student-centered. Curriculums such as the Common Core curriculum in the United States rely heavily on specific content standards. The B.C. curriculum goes further, using both curricular content and competencies to help teachers understand their grade level expectations. International Baccalaureate (IB) is based upon the idea of inquiry. The B.C. curriculum is structured in a way that allows teachers to teach inquiry, questioning and critical thinking skills while focusing on big ideas.
What about character development?
BCISB strives to educate the whole child. In Elementary, we implement The 7 Habits of Happy Kids based on the work of Dr. Steven Covey. We focus on developing positive habits that apply both inside and outside school. As students progress through the grade levels towards graduation and their Canadian high school diploma, these habits form the building block into positive social behavior that is reinforced by teachers.
What does assessment look like at BCISB?
We use a variety of assessments to measure student growth, differentiate instruction and guide school-wide improvement goals. Our goal is to assess the whole child and help realize a student’s strengths, while also improving on areas of need. We aim to tailor our assessments to meet the needs of our students, realizing that there are many learning styles. Teachers use both formative and summative assessments, and all assessments are fully transparent to students and parents as we work together as a team.
What do class sizes look like?
Class sizes are kept small to facilitate individualized learning experiences. Teachers work with students and differentiated instruction to meet their students needs and interests.
What sports and extracurricular activities are offered at BCISB?
BCISB prides itself on the working hard to ensure clubs and sports. We have recently joined the International Schools’ Athletics Association here in Thailand where we compete against other schools in sports like badminton, soccer, futsal and basketball. We also offer an ice hockey program on Saturdays for interested students. Additionally, our extracurricular clubs are run after school and range from the arts to recreational sports to games and homework assistance. These clubs allow students to make connections with teachers outside of the classroom.
Where are BCISB graduates accepted world-wide?
BCISB alumni have been accepted in top universities around the world including universities in Thailand, Europe, Australia and Canada.