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.
At the International School of Tomorrow we recognize every individual as a unique God's creation with his or her own strengths and challenges. Hence special attention is paid to ensure proper placement of each student so that the Schools will be able to better serve each individual child. This is accomplished through a simple diagnostic process followed by prescribing an education program designed to precisely meet the student at the level of his or her educational needs.
Further, each individual student will proceed at his or her own rate of learning, depending on that person's unique ability and motivation. The A.C.E. School of Tomorrow curriculum is geared not to class progress, but to individual progress. The education is tailored to and consistent with the student's personal uniqueness. This approach recognizes the individual student in a very special way. In a number of cases, students transferring from other schools from different countries have an opportunity to receive some remedial education using the A.C.E. School of Tomorrow curriculum-with excellent results. The unique School of Tomorrow technology facilitates achieving goals by all students.
Ah hoc: Students studying the Russian national program use a conventional classroom approach thus having an exposure to more conventional methods of instruction that they might encounter either upon being transferred to another school or upon graduation when studying at a university. Thus the ISOT students have an opportunity to experience different types of educational approaches and benefit from both.
Learning of good moral principles and good individual character is only possible in an educational environment where these virtues are consistently taught and exemplified.
The philosophy of such education also expressly includes a component of orientation in the spiritual dimension of life and actual practice of the moral principles and character traits upon which civilization is founded.
The A.C.E. School of Tomorrow curriculum introduces the student to 90 great Biblical character traits, each of which is expressed in a single word.
COLLEGE BOARD TESTS
SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9
The International School of Tomorrow is an official center of SAT accredited by the College Board, USA.
Code for ISOT as the center on the official site is 60162.
Students of the International School of Tomorrow, as well as other interested individuals from other educational institutions may take tests on the premises of our school. The tests will be administered during the fall and spring testing windows according to the schedule supplied by the College Board.
The College Board works with educators to help students navigate through high school toward college and a career. The SAT® Suite of Assessments—SAT (grades 11 and 12), PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 10 (grades 10 and 11), and PSAT™ 8/9 (grades 8 and 9)—systematically and progressively measures the knowledge and skills that are essential for college and career readiness and success. Together, the tests reflect meaningful, engaging, and challenging work that students find in the best middle and high school courses taught today. Schools can use the results of the tests to develop and sustain a durable bond between assessment and instruction that provides the backbone of a sound education. The SAT, the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), PSAT10 and PSAT8/9 are sponsored by the College Board, and they are administered to the College Board by Educational Testing Service (ETS). For further information, please visit: www.collegeboard.org
Standardized tests help schools objectively assess students’ academic progress and potential from year to year. Accelerated Christian Education® (A.C.E.®), through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt® (HMH®), and International School of Tomorrow, Moscow, Russia, offer one of the finest achievement and aptitude test combinations available.
The Iowa Assessments Form E Complete Battery (Iowa Complete) and the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) Form 7, measure how students are performing on US nationwide standards. The Iowa Complete is a large-scale achievement test that assesses students’ skills in reading, language, mathematics, social studies, and science. The test measures both foundation skills and higher-order thinking skills. The CogAT evaluates the development of students’ reasoning abilities using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal cognitive tasks. When the two are taken together, the scores are a valuable tool, relating a student’s actual achievement with their ability and providing a wealth of information to parents and school staff.
Our Alumni Speak:
“At ISOT I learned to quality multitask while juggling two programs”.
Class of 2012
Master of Science in International Management
University of Trento
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