INTERNATIONAL COURSE OF STUDY
All students of the school enroll to the School of Tomorrow program, which is a K-12 American curriculum. The school's individualized program allows students who are more skilled to progress at a faster rate or to accelerate in the areas of their academic strengths. Slower students are encouraged to do their best, but are able to work at their levels of proficiency and proceed as they are capable. To support this approach, many aspects are considered:
- the student's language skills;
- the student's working abilities;
- the student's learning abilities;
- the student's attitude toward studies;
- the student's future plans;
- the parent's expectations.
Students who are 4-6 years old get admission to the Preschool program where they receive the necessary preparation for entering the 1st grade of Primary school.
Our 1st grade program (ABC with Ace and Christi) for younger students teaches reading, writing, and conversational English and thus prepares students for further academic progress.
Students of other ages may get admission to the appropriate grade levels according to the results of the Diagnostic tests offered in five core subjects.
The diagnostic test results help identify academic weaknesses and prescribe a path to help students catch up.
The Core Subjects include:
- Math (Levels K-12)
- English (Levels K-12)
- Social Studies (Levels K-12)
- Science (Levels K-12)
- Wordbuilding (Levels K-12)
Each core subject consists of 12 PACEs (Packet of Accelerated Christian Education) per level. Typically students work daily on one PACE in each subject and may be performing at varying levels. Most students complete 48-60 PACEs per year, while maintaining academic balance by completing about the same number of PACEs in each assigned subject.
Transfer of a student to a higher level may take place only after completing the previous grade successfully. The minimum requirement is an 88% mastery of the educational material. It is easy to convert percentage scores to a traditional Russian grade scale used by any secondary school (95%-100%-excellent, 88%-94%-good).
The School of Tomorrow program offers four different kinds of diplomas: Vocational, General, College Preparatory, and Honors. There are different requirements for each kind of the offered diplomas. Most of the students will be encouraged to receive the College Preparatory High School Diploma. Students should strive to complete a course of study that prepares them for college or employment after graduation high school.
In order for these diplomas to be issued, the student must go through the dual enrollment procedure (see Dual Enrollment).
Bilingual Course of Study
The International School of Tomorrow is an educational establishment, which provides a bilingual system of education. The system includes both the American (A.C.E.) program and the national (Russian) program. This organization of the educational process challenges students intellectually and cover all areas of the academic program.
The student body of the International School of Tomorrow consists of foreign and Russian students who study together learning the A.C.E. curriculum. The language of instruction is English.
The majority of the international students use only the A.C.E. curriculum.
All Russian students (except for special needs students) study two curriculums: the A.C.E. and the State Russian (national) program. International students advanced in the Russian language, may enroll in the national curriculum as well. The national program is administered and controlled by the Department of Education of Moscow. It includes 11 years of learning. The requirements of the Russian program are presented through the Academic Plan for each grade. This Plan reflects the number of academic hours per week for every subject. Russian State program implementation is based on the Russian Federal Law on Education.
Working in five core subjects, a student has to complete 60 PACES per year if on level. Students who do two programs should complete 48 PACEs. If a student is behind, a supervisor assigns more PACES in order to reach the level.
Developing its mission, International School of Tomorrow works on the development of the integrated system of bilingual education. Thus, basing on the comparative analysis of the A.C.E. program content and educational standards of the Russian Federation, we developed methodical recommendations on learning of certain courses of the A.C.E. program for Russian students, which allow decreasing academic load for Russian students. Besides international students can study Chemistry, Physics, and Biology on the advanced level, using technologies of the Russian program. In addition, those international students, who are on the advanced level in the Russian language, can study Math in Russian. Every student of the International School of Tomorrow follows an individual course of study.
The Englis-language environment provides an excellent opportunity for older students to practice and improve their English. The bilingual program offered to national students, as well as to international students advanced in the Russian language, further enhances educational and future professional opportunities. Second and third foreign languages, Russian and French, have also become a part of the academic package of the school.