English

Grade 6-8

follows an integrated English language arts curriculum with an emphasis on developing both the habits and the skills of successful readers and writers. Topics include fiction, drama, poetry, persuasive writing, media literacy, and research skills; vocabulary is taught as part of the reading curriculum, and grammar is taught as a component of the writing curriculum.

Grade 9

is a pre-IB course in writing and literature. Reading topics include Greek mythology, Shakespeare, and media literacy; writing topics include literary analysis, commentary, persuasion, and creative writing.

Grade 10

is a pre-IB course with a focus on the study of literature, composition, and language skills. Literature study includes novels, poetry, short fiction and drama (Shakespeare). Many types of writing are practiced in a variety of composition assignments.

IB Diploma Language A1 (English)

seeks to enable students to approach literary works with intellectual maturity; to refine reading and writing skills; to engage with precision and clarity in the exchange of ideas and presentation of argument; and to foster lifelong habits of reading, writing, and thinking. Genres studied include poetry, drama, novels, short stories and essays.

IB Diploma English A: Language and Literature,

which is a new IB course to be offered for the first time in 2011-2012, aims to develop students' abilities to read, analyze, and produce a variety of literary and non-literary texts. Genres studied include the novel, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and visual texts such as posters, cartoons, and films.

IB Diploma English B

is designed for students who have studied the English language for 2-5 years. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and the development in the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through use of a range of written and spoken material, students will learn how to communicate effectively in a number of situations and within various English-language cultures.


Mathematics

Grade 6-8
follows an integrated mathematics curriculum aimed at preparing students for the IB Diploma program. Topics covered include geometry, algebra, probability, basic number theory, and mathematical literacy.
Integrated Mathematics (Grade 9)
prepares students to move into one of the three IB math tracks at Grade 11. The major content areas included in the scope of Integrated Mathematics are: Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability, and Measurement. The greatest amount of time is focused on Geometry, including triangles, Pythagorean theorem, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, transformations, and measurement – length, area and volume of geometric shapes and figures.
Pre-IB Diploma Mathematics (Grade 10)
builds on Integrated Mathematics. The major content areas included in the scope of Pre-IB Mathematics are: Numbers and Sets (number systems, interval notation and Venn diagrams), Algebra (function notation, rational expressions, quadratic functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions), Geometry (congruence and similarity), Trigonometry (laws of sines and cosines), Statistics (surveys and measures of central tendency), and Probability.
IB Diploma Math Studies (Grades 11 & 12)
is intended for students with varied backgrounds and abilities in mathematics. It is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. Students taking this course need to be equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic mathematical processes.
IB Diploma Math Standard Level (Grades 11 & 12)
is intended for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration.
IB Diploma Math Higher Level (Grades 11& 12)
is intended for students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will be expected to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

Social Studies

Grade 6 Geography
provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of geography in both physical and human terms and to enhance their global understanding through an analysis of social, economic, political, military, religious, environmental, scientific, and cultural events that have shaped and influenced the planet and human culture. Students will focus on Japan, China, Korea, and India.
Grade 7 History
ancient History provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of world history and the humanities from the dawn of humanity to Ancient Rome. Ancient History encourages students to explore the contributions of previous human accomplishments and endeavors as they relate to modern life in order to build a foundation for future historical inquiry and cultural literacy.
Grade 8 Geography
provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of geography in both physical and human terms and to enhance their global understanding through an analysis of social, economic, political, military, religious, environmental, scientific, and cultural events that have shaped and influenced the planet and human culture. Students will focus on the Western Hemisphere and Oceania.
Grade 9 Human Geography
encourages students to explore the contributions of and impacts from human activities and endeavors as they relate to modern life in order to build a foundation for future historical inquiry as well as be educated adults contributing to an increasingly global economy. Students should gain an understanding of the methodology of the study of geography and sociology through primary and secondary source research, data collection, evaluation and interpretation.
History 10,
"Foundations of the Modern World," is a pre-IB history in which students analyze the transformations undergone by the world from the medieval period to the nineteenth century. Pre-19th century topics are Europe-focused and include the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, and Enlightenment; the 19th century is Asia-focused, and students study the experiences of China, Korea, and Japan in an industrial and imperialist age.
IB Diploma History
follows the IB Route 2 curriculum: Our prescribed topic is Topic 1: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and International Relations, 1918-1936, and our two additional topics are Topic 4 (Causes, Practices, and Effects of Wars) and Topic 9 (The Cold War). Year 1 traces European and Asian countries from World War I through the end of World War II, with a special emphasis on World War II in the Asian/Pacific theater, while in Year 2, students focus on topics relating to the post-war period, such as the Korean War, the Cuban Revolution, and the Vietnam War.
Model United Nations
is an internationally recognized program in which students research current world issues and attend conferences to develop solutions. FISMUN students travel to Seoul, South Korea, every November to participate in SEOMUN, an English-language Model United Nations conference attended by schools across East Asia. MUN helps students develop research skills, critical thinking skills, writing skills, and public speaking skills, which are cross-curricular skills applicable in many other classes. In addition to helping students develop skills in research, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking, MUN helps students become better global citizens prepared to take on leadership roles in an exciting and international future.
Grade 11-12 Theory of Knowledge
is central to the educational philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. It challenges students to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge, encouraging students to become aware of themselves as thinkers, to become aware of the complexity of knowledge, and to recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world.

Japanese

Japanese as a Native Language (JNL) G6-8
is designed for students whose first language is Japanese or whose language skills are at the native level. The materials are mostly from Japanese textbooks and topics include poetry, persuasive writing, fiction, discussion and research skills and grammar; Kanji is studied at individual level and tested frequently.
Japanese as a Second Language (JSL) G6-8
is a course for students whose primary language is other than Japanese. It is to develop and expand speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the Japanese language. This course provides students opportunities to understand and use the language in order to communicate with others in various situations and to gain knowledge about Japanese culture and reflect on their own culture.
Japanese as a Native Language (JNL) G9-10
is designed for students whose first language is Japanese or whose language skills are at the native level. Students read various reading materials that include fiction, drama, poetry, newspaper columns and so on. The focus is on developing vocabulary, strong reading and writing skills. Students also develop various skills through research and presentation as well as debate.
Japanese as a Second Language (JSL) G9-10
is designed for students whose first language is other than Japanese and who have the desire to develop their Japanese language skills further for their personal pleasure and/or future studies. The language proficiency level of the students varies.
IB Diploma Japanese ab-initio
is designed for students who have little or no previous experience in the Japanese language. The main focus is on communication through the use of the target language in everyday situations and related aspects of the culture.
IB Diploma Japanese B (HL and SL)
is designed for students who have studied the Japanese language for 2-5 years. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and the development in the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through use of a range of written and spoken material, students will learn how to communicate effectively in a number of situations and within the Japanese culture.

science

 

Grade 6

6 Science is a general Science class covering the three disciplines broken into 8 different units introducing students to current concepts, findings, and processes in various scientific disciplines, such as biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. This provides opportunities for students to develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will be relevant in their everyday lives and in their future. An emphasis is placed on lab skills, lab design and the relationship of life and physical sciences to the global environment, preparing the students for the IB Diploma Program offered in the following years.

Grade 7

Grade 7 Science is a general Science class covering the three disciplines broken into 8 different units introducing students to current concepts, findings, and processes in various scientific disciplines, such as biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. This provides opportunities for students to develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will be relevant in their everyday lives and in their future. An emphasis is placed on lab skills, lab design and the relationship of life and physical sciences to the global environment, preparing the students for the IB Diploma Program offered in the following years.

Grade 8

This is a general Science class covering the three disciplines broken into 8 different instructional units introducing students to current concepts, findings, and processes in various scientific disciplines, such as biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. This provides opportunities for students to develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will be relevant in their everyday lives and in their future. An emphasis is placed on lab skills, lab design and the relationship of life and physical sciences to the global environment, preparing the students for the IB Diploma Program offered in the following years.

Grade 9

This is a general Science class covering the three disciplines broken into 8 different instructional units introducing students to current concepts, findings, and processes in various scientific disciplines, such as biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. This provides opportunities for students to develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will be relevant in their everyday lives and in their future. An emphasis is placed on lab skills, lab design and the relationship of life and physical sciences to the global environment, preparing the students for the IB Diploma Program offered in the following years.

Grade 10

Grade 10 Science is divided into units introducing students to current concepts, findings, and processes in various scientific disciplines, such as Biology, Physics and Chemistry. This provides opportunities for students to develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will be relevant in their everyday lives and in their future. An emphasis is placed on lab skills, lab design and the relationship of life and physical sciences to the global environment, preparing the students for the IB Diploma Program offered in the following years.

IB Diploma: Biology HL/SL, Chemistry HL/SL, Physics HL/SL

Through studying Group 4 subjects, students are given the opportunity to develop scientific knowledge of concepts, principles and phenomena, as well as conceptual and experimental skills. There is an emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work. Students must take at least one subject from Sciences.

 

Music

Grade 6

Grade 6 Music is offered to students who want to sing in groups or solo for enjoyment while continuing to develop their musical knowledge and vocal skills. Emphasis is placed on reading music and independent part-singing. Traditional choral skills of blend, balance, unison, and harmonic intonation, and articulation in swing, pop, and different genres will be studied through rehearsal and performance using microphones and sound reinforcement. Choral Ensemble members are required to perform in the Winter and Spring concerts and several school events. Independent practice and memorization is required.

 

Grade 7

Grade 7 Music is offered to students who want to sing in groups or solo for enjoyment while continuing to develop their musical knowledge and vocal skills. Emphasis is placed on reading music and independent part-singing. Traditional choral skills of blend, balance, unison, and harmonic intonation, and articulation in swing, pop, and different genres will be studied through rehearsal and performance using microphones and sound reinforcement. Choral Ensemble members are required to perform in the winter and spring concerts and several school events. Independent practice and memorization is required.

 

Grade 8

Grade 8 Music is offered to students who want to sing in groups or solo for enjoyment while continuing to develop their musical knowledge and vocal skills. Emphasis is placed on reading music and independent part-singing. Traditional choral skills of blend, balance, unison, and harmonic intonation, and articulation in swing, pop, and different genres will be studied through rehearsal and performance using microphones and sound reinforcement. Choral Ensemble members are required to perform in the winter and spring concerts and several school events. Independent practice and memorization is required.

 

Grade 9

When we control and organize sound it becomes music. Music stimulates, soothes, cultivates and expresses our deepest emotions in ways normal speaking cannot. The music students perform or study often becomes an integral part of their personal musical repertoire. Extensive experiences with a variety of music are necessary for students to make informed musical judgments. This breadth of background enables them to begin to understand the connections and relationships between music and other disciplines.

 

Grade 10

Grade 10 Science is divided into units introducing students to current concepts, findings, and processes in various scientific disciplines, such as Biology, Physics and Chemistry. This provides opportunities for students to develop scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will be relevant in their everyday lives and in their future. An emphasis is placed on lab skills, lab design and the relationship of life and physical sciences to the global environment, preparing the students for the IB Diploma Program offered in the following years.

 


visual arts

Grade 6

The course will introduce students to the elements of art and color theory. Students will learn that art is a process through which ideas and techniques are developed through use and experience. They will begin to use their Process Journal to source ideas, practice techniques, and develop their idea towards their final piece for assessment. The journal will also be a place for reflection and commentary on their work.

 

Grade 7

The grade 7 Visual Arts course will begin explore a variety of areas in the visual arts. Building on their work from grade 6, they will investigate in more depth the historical and cultural contexts in which art is created. They will begin to consider how art influences society and how society influences art.

 

Grade 8

G8 will begin to look more at art in the context of the world around them. How has art in the traditional sense expanded to be more diverse and more inclusive of different areas. Students will also consider the commercial side of art and the modern ‘art’ consumer. Students will have the chance to begin to pursue individual interests through various projects.

 

Grade 9

Learning arts in the traditional sense is very important to understand the visual arts and to develop necessary techniques and skills. The modern artist must also be adepts at incorporating and using modern IT products and software too. This year we take a look at the traditional through to the modern and give students the opportunity to understand the influences, impact, and advances IT, science, and environmental studies are having on art.

 

Grade 10

Developing good critical skills as well as making choices, are both important in art. With maturity comes responsibility and students this year will explore and respond to issues in society through their work in the visual arts. They will explore art through their own community, how art supports and helps society, and prepare a final exhibition portfolio of their work.

 

IB Diploma Visual Arts HL/SL

Students in Visual Arts are offered the opportunity to explore the power of communication and self-expression using visual arts materials. The subject heightens visual awareness through participation in practical skills and relevant personal meanings. The course encourages an independent, inquiring and integrated approach to the Visual Arts.


Physical Education

Grade 6

Physical Education provides students the opportunity to develop and maintain physical fitness, motor and social skills in a variety of ways.  Students are expected to participate in both the fitness and activity portions of the class; participation and effort are major components of the assessment. Objective evaluations via fitness tests, quizzes, and rubrics, and subjective evaluations via teacher observation will occur on an ongoing basis. Students are expected to be changed in their PE uniforms; points will be deducted if a student is not prepared.

 

Grade 7

Physical Education provides students the opportunity to develop and maintain physical fitness, motor and social skills in a variety of ways. Students are expected to participate in both the fitness and activity portions of the class; participation and effort are major components of the assessment. Objective evaluations via fitness tests, quizzes, and rubrics, and subjective evaluations via teacher observation will occur on an ongoing basis.

 

Grade 8

Physical Education provides students the opportunity to develop and maintain physical fitness, motor and social skills in a variety of ways.  Students are expected to participate in both the fitness and activity portions of the class; participation and effort are major components of the assessment. Objective evaluations via fitness tests, quizzes, and rubrics, and subjective evaluations via teacher observation will occur on an ongoing basis.

 

Grade 9

Physical Education provides students the opportunity to develop and maintain physical fitness, motor and social skills in a variety of ways.  Students are expected to participate in both the fitness and activity portions of the class; participation and effort are major components of the assessment. Objective evaluations via fitness tests, quizzes, and rubrics, and subjective evaluations via teacher observation will occur on an ongoing basis.

 

Grade 10

Physical Education provides students the opportunity to develop and maintain physical fitness, motor and social skills in a variety of ways.  Students are expected to participate in both the fitness and activity portions of the class; participation and effort are major components of the assessment. Objective evaluations via fitness tests, quizzes, and rubrics, and subjective evaluations via teacher observation will occur on an ongoing basis.

 


information technology

Grade 6

Grade 6 Information Technology encourages students to think critically and act ethically when consuming and producing information. Throughout the year, they leverage digital tools to express themselves creatively and empower their learning in other classes. Students come to understand that technology is a tool for learning, communicating, problem-solving and taking action by working collaboratively, considering alternative perspectives, seeking to influence their environment and promoting social change on local and global levels. A focus on safe and responsible media use is important as students begin to navigate social media more independently.

 

Grade 7

Grade 7 Information Technology encourages students to think critically and act ethically when consuming and producing information. Throughout the year, they leverage digital tools to express themselves creatively and empower their learning in other classes. Students come to understand that technology is a tool for learning, communicating, problem-solving and taking action by working collaboratively, considering alternative perspectives, seeking to influence their environment and promoting social change on local and global levels. A focus on safe and responsible media use is important as students begin to navigate social media more independently.

 

Grade 8

Grade 8 Information Technology encourages students to think critically and act ethically when consuming and producing information. Throughout the year, they leverage digital tools to express themselves creatively and empower their learning in other classes. Students come to understand that technology is a tool for learning, communicating, problem-solving and taking action by working collaboratively, considering alternative perspectives, seeking to influence their environment and promoting social change on local and global levels. An increasing emphasis is placed on a vast array of research skills as students prepare for high school and beyond.

 

Grade 9

Grade 9 Information Technology encourages students to think critically and act ethically when consuming and producing information. Throughout the year, they leverage digital tools to express themselves creatively and empower their learning in other classes. Students come to understand that technology is a tool for learning, communicating, problem-solving and taking action by working collaboratively, considering alternative perspectives, seeking to influence their environment and promoting social change on local and global levels. An increasing critical analysis of information takes place during the research process as students prepare for the research and analytical demands in the IB Diploma Program.

 

Grade 10

Grade 10 Information Technology encourages students to think critically and act ethically when consuming and producing information. Throughout the year, they leverage digital tools to express themselves creatively and empower their learning in other classes. Students come to understand that technology is a tool for learning, communicating, problem-solving and taking action by working collaboratively, considering alternative perspectives, seeking to influence their environment and promoting social change on local and global levels. An increasing critical analysis of information takes place during the research process as students prepare for the research and analytical demands in the IB Diploma Program.