Approach to Education
- All students should be prepared for University and a life of continuous learning
- All students should be helped to realize their full potential, empowering them to make informed decisions in life
- All students should grow in confidence and self-esteem
- The maximum possible "value" should be added to all aspects of each student's education
- All students should be encouraged to become well rounded citizens, who contribute positively to their communities
The SABIS® curriculum implemented at IAF is closely aligned to state standards. In addition to the core subjects of English, mathematics, and world languages, the SABIS® curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of a broad range of subjects including science, social studies, art, music, health, physical education, and computers. It is designed to develop a balanced, well-rounded, college-preparatory experience.
The Learning Process
All courses are structured. A unique system of academic tracking (the SABIS Academic Monitoring System®, which is a computerized method of detecting gaps in knowledge) allows the administration to closely follow the progress of each individual. Gaps are pinpointed as soon as they form, and the students' efforts are focused on eliminating them. Valuable time is saved, and a gap-free, cohesive foundation of knowledge is built in students' minds.
The whole class is taught together, using the unique SABIS Point System®. The key concepts of a lesson are listed. Each of these is taught interactively, alternating oral work, individual written work, and group checking. Class time is utilized to build a solid foundation of knowledge through interacting, analyzing, forming and expressing opinions, and effective discussion. Discussions are based on critical thinking and logical reasoning.
Students who fall behind in their work are advised, motivated, helped and coached until they catch up. As long as students manage their own time successfully their time is theirs, otherwise we take over to support and guide their efforts.
- To qualify every student for entrance into college / universities
- To provide a well-rounded education based on mastering English and mathematics
- To enable students to acquire a firm command of a second language
- To train students in logical reasoning and critical thinking
- To prepare students to be able to sustain an intellectual effort for long periods
- To generate excitement for life-long learning