We follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCS), which was recently revised and built around the Common Core Framework.

The sidebar provides the structure for the concepts and skills students will focus on in each subject area at each grade level.

Teachers incorporate multiple best-practice strategies to apply the standards. Differentiation steeped in reading, writing and discussion provides our instructional focus. appropriate, sequential instruction along with other curriculum innovations that allow for integrated and individualized instruction.

The CIS curriculum includes the study of the arts, English/language arts, computer technology, healthful living/physical education, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish, and Chinese. Reading, Writing, and Math Labs devote special attention to these fundamental skills.

International perspectives and environmental awareness are brought to each of these subject areas to help foster understanding among young people around the world and stewardship of our natural resources, enabling future generations to live more peacefully and productively.

Innovative Programs

• Project-oriented thematic study with inquiry-based instruction
• International emphasis, with Sister Cities around the world
• Environmental studies on our 82-acre site with forest and wetlands
• Individual learning emphasis for each student
• Character education CIS Core Values: Respect, Responsibility, Solutions, Service

Click here to Spy on birds on campus!!! 

Our Environmental Education curriculum takes advantage of the opportunities our 82 acre campus provides for such and has our students actively engaged in rich outdoor environmental learning opportunities, as our strong campus connection to the environment offers our community the opportunity to create relationships with the practical application of NCSSS concepts in all disciplines.  Because our campus is positioned on eighty-two (82) acres of underdeveloped, natural habitat, it offers space for in-depth exploration.  Many learners connect to concepts when applied within the natural environment. They can also develop a real-life connection with diverse ecosystems. CIS is committed to creating learning environments that address learning needs and that promote the highest values of health – both for the human inhabitants and the environment as a whole.

Click here for pictures showing our environmental education program in action: Environmental Education in Action!

More specifically, each grade level also has an environmental project it is responsible for. Grade level environmental projects are as follows:

  • K & 1 - courtyard gardens
  • 2 - butterfly garden
  • 3 - composting
  • 4 - bird feeders/houses
  • 5 - recycling
  • 6 - composting
  • 7/12 - general weeding, grooming, planting as needed; also, problem solving issues on campus
  • some HS students are also involved in the Trout in the Classroom project - view: Where did the trout go?!

Connections are also being developed with local 4H programs, AND we have been recognized as a NC Green School of Promise!! click on this link for more info:

http://www.centerfortheenvironment.org/ncgsnewsreader/items/carolina-international-school-advances-as-nc-green-school-of-quality-20a83ea3.html

 

We follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCS) NC Standard Course of Study, which was recently revised and built around the Common Core Framework.

Teachers incorporate multiple best-practice strategies to apply the standards. Differentiation steeped in reading, writing and discussion provides our instructional focus. appropriate, sequential instruction along with other curriculum innovations that allow for integrated and individualized instruction.

The CIS curriculum includes the study of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, international and environmental studies, the visual and performing arts, computer technology, healthful living/physical education, and Spanish. Reading, Writing, and Math Labs devote special attention to these fundamental skills.

International perspectives and environmental awareness are brought to each of these subject areas to help foster understanding among young people around the world and stewardship of our natural resources, enabling future generations to live more peacefully and productively.

Innovative Programs

• Project-oriented thematic study with inquiry-based instruction

• International emphasis, with Sister Cities around the world

• Environmental studies on our 82-acre site with forest and wetlands

• Individual learning emphasis for each student

• Character education CIS Core Values: Respect, Responsibility, Solutions, Service

International education is essential to prepare US citizens for the future. Not only is our world increasingly interconnected and interdependent, our local communities are growing in multicultural diversity. Our students must develop a broad awareness of other cultures and the differences that distinguish them. But they must simultaneously acquire a deep understanding of all that we share in common as human beings and occupants of a single planet.

A significant expression of our focus on international education is our collaboration with the Charlotte and Concord Sister City Programs to align each of our grades with one of these international cities—for the duration of the students’ years at CIS. This will enable our students to develop sustained relationships with their peers in other countries through pen pal and Internet correspondence and through visiting delegations from these countries.

Country Partnerships by Grade:
Kindergarten – Kampala, Uganda

Grade 1 – New Delhi, India

Grade 2 – Krefeld, Germany

Grade 3 – Arequipa, Peru

Grade 4 – Baoding, China

Grade 5 – Mexico City, Mexico

Grade 6 – Limoges, France

Grade 7 – Kumasi, Ghana

Grade 8 –Wroclaw, Poland

Grade 9 – San Jose, Costa Rica

Grade 10 – Killarney, Ireland

Grade 11 - Istanbul, Turkey

Grade 12 - Port au Prince, Haiti

Global stewardship is our overarching principle. It effectively links our international and environmental emphasis and conveys all four of our core values; respect, responsibility, solutions and service. CIS students learn to think and link globally by encouraging actual connections with other cultures; to act locally, by encouraging solutions and service-oriented action; and impact globally, that through many local acts we can impact the globe.

Quarterlthemes provide a focus each quarter of thyear around CIS CorValues and our Environmental and International Focus. Classroom projects are developed across disciplines integrating eacquarterltheme.  Studentand teachers have great flexibility in developing the projeccollaborativelto showcase high-level problem-solving approaches that are age and developmentally appropriate.  Projects are presentein a public forum to peersparents anthe CIS BoaroDirectorsEach project will include thfollowing components:

  • Statement of Theme and relationshito Presenting Issue;
  • Detailed description of the class process to problem-solving around the issue;
  • Written and Visual Presentation of Problem-Solving approach applied;
  • Evidence of Higher-Order Thinking Skill(HOTS) applied during process (i.e.Compare-contrast, creation, justification);
  • Statement of Conclusion/Justification around the Class Solution(s).

1stQuarterCreatinGlobal Citizens

An age-appropriate exploratioothe development of identity, starting witfamily, school, and community, and extending to our world family.

 

Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • How our international ancestry forms our family heritage
  • Understanding our interconnectedness with other cultures (globalization)
  • Study of worllanguages
  • Sister city/country connectins.

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Develping an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world
  • Learning about the local and/or global natural communities
  • Understanding humanity's impact on the natural world (environment)

2ndQuarterMakinConnectionAround thWorld

An examination of how communication occurs between human beings – outhoughts, emotions, ideas, and needs – and between human beings and other life on earth.

 

Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • Multiple ways of sharing and experience
  • Multiple intelligences and cultural expressions: dance, music, art
  • Technology, videoconferencing

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Understanding the interconnectedness of all things on the earth
  • Developing an awareness of and sensitivity to alforms of natural communication

3rdQuarterExplorinSystems in thWorld

The study of systemwuse tunderstand, organize, and woreffectivelwitour world.

Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • Study of structure and functining of our and others’ systems:

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Learning about the structure and functions of ecosystems, biomes, niches, etc.
  • Developinknowledge about and understanding of the environmental challenges.

4thQuarterCarinfor thPlanet anIts People

Culminating presentations and projectthat demonstratour concern and carfor all aspectof ouworld and our capacity to make a difference.

 

Global educatiotopicmight include:

  • Extending ouconcerns beyond ourselves to the earth and to other human beings
  • Service projects

Environmental educatiotopicmight include:

  • Participatiniactivities thalead to the resolution of environmental challenges
  • Developing skills to identify and helresolve environmental challenge(local and/or global)