Learning in Elementary School

CIS defines learning as a process of growing, deepening, and sharing conceptual understanding, competencies, and character in lasting, impactful ways.  Aligned with our definition of learning, we create an intentional balance between Head (academic pursuits and thinking), Heart  (character and well-being) and Hands (competence and making a difference).  

All learning at CIS is designed using our Learning and Community Principles as the guide. In the Elementary School, this means that:

Program of Learning

To integrate the personal and the social, the cognitive and the social-emotional, we use Positive Discipline strategies to develop in children the following “Significant Seven” assets:

Personal Capability: Facing problems through challenges and experiences

Personal Significance: Contributing to the world in meaningful ways

Personal Influence: Understanding that personal actions and choices influence one’s life

Intrapersonal Skills: Managing emotions through self-assessment, self-control and self-discipline

Interpersonal Skills: Dealing effectively with others through communication, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, empathizing and listening

Systemic Skills: Responding to the limits, consequences, and interrelatedness of human and natural systems with responsibility, adaptability, flexibility and integrity

Judgement Skills: Making decisions and choices that reflect moral and ethical principles, wisdom and, values