Wholistic Middle School Education
ISK is adopting a Topic-Based Integrated Curriculum approach in the Middle School while still providing the breadth of subjects needed for students to acquire basic skills in a wide variety of subject areas.
An integrated curriculum allows students to pursue learning in a holistic way, without the restrictions often imposed by subject boundaries. It recognizes that the curriculum includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, literature, drama, social studies, math, science, health, physical education, music, and visual arts.
The curriculum also incorporates investigative processes and technology. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining partnerships with families; having knowledge of students and how they learn; and building upon the community and cultural context. Integrated teaching and learning processes enable students to acquire and use basic skills in all the content areas and to develop positive attitudes for continued successful learning throughout Middle School.
Integration acknowledges and builds on the relationships which exist among all things. An integrated curriculum implies learning that is synthesized across traditional subject areas and learning experiences that are designed to be mutually reinforcing. This approach develops the child’s ability to transfer their learning to other settings. Projects and themes are valuable instructional tools for accommodating all learners in the classroom. Skills are taught as needed to accomplish projects.