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International School Of Sosua

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  • International School Sosua
  • 809 571-3271

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SOSUA

ISS believes that learning is a lifelong process of  building on prior knowledge, acquiring and applying new and meaningful information, experiences, skills and attitudes in order to construct enduring understanding. Enduring understanding has been reached when students are able to describe connections to prior knowledge, explain relevance,  communicate effectively, apply learning in new situations, and reflect on their own and others’ learning.

ISS implements a rigorous standards-based curriculum based on the Common Core Standards for English and Math, AERO Social Studies Standards and the California Science Standards. Our students receive grades based on achieving the standards. ISS’s curriculum is dynamic, and evolves as the school and students develop and grow. The standards are used as the foundation for the delivery of curriculum. For classes where instruction is in Spanish (i.e. Spanish, Sociales, and Civicas), teachers implement the curriculum mandated by the Dominican Ministry of Education.

ISS prepares students for a post-secondary education in the country of their choice: therefore students need to be able to meet the expected academic and social requirements of any country. Students are exposed to high and rigorous academic standards in order to become critical thinkers, planners, problem solvers, effective communicators, creative, analytical, technologically capable and are able to collaborate. The daily schedule consists of four 80-minute ‘block’ periods four days per week. Courses rotate on A Days and B Days and, on Wednesdays, students attend each of their 8 classes for a shortened period. An additional period called PBSL (‘Project Based Service Learning’) is added twice per week for thirty minutes to offer service-learning and enrichment courses. Our school calendar is comprised of two semesters and the school year is 180 days in lengthAn Advanced Placement course was added in 2014 in Spanish Literature. Fall 2015 marked the addition of AP Literature & Composition, AP World History, AP European History, Statistics, and Computer Science. And in Fall 2016, students are also able to enroll in AP English Language & Composition, AP Spanish Language, Journalism, and Forensic Science.  Enrollment in AP classes is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.

Students have the opportunity to develop dispositions and values which will allow them to interact and communicate positively in any country. ISS encourages students to become enthusiastic, self-aware and confident. Students are encouraged to become knowledgeable and sensitive to current events and issues which are affecting and influencing different areas of the world today and understand why. Students are encouraged to become responsible citizens and respectful of all

In addition ISS students develop and learn in a safe and nurturing environment, teachers develop and use a wide variety of instructional strategies and assessments and students develop strong basic skills.

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