The ZIS Mission and Philosophy underpins our curriculum and its design, review, development and delivery. Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead – these give us the parameters to question what we teach and how we teach in a complex and ever-changing global environment.
At ZIS, learning is defined as a process that leads to a sustained and demonstrable consolidation or extension of conceptual understanding, competencies or character.
Our PS-12 curriculum is shaped and guided by our Learning Principles. Learning outcomes build logically through each grade, preparing students for the next academic challenge. The IB Diploma Programme is offered in Grades 11 and 12, together with Advanced Placement courses.
We want our students to be:
- active, not passive, learners who are critical and compassionate thinkers.
- inspired and challenged to develop a love of learning, and have this stay with them for the rest of their lives.
- our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all ZIS learners.
- it is relevant, challenging and engaging, allowing students to fully develop their potential in terms of the skills, attitudes, values and knowledge required to meet their current and future needs.
- inquiry, problem solving, opportunity for creativity and team-working are key features.
- learning opportunities are not restricted to the classroom.
- information technology is fully integrated and utilized across all divisions.
While our divisions are based at different campuses, there is continuity and coherence of academic programs to ensure that a legitimate pathway is available for all of our students.
Our curriculum is dynamic and responsive – it evolves, responds and develops in accordance with the needs of our students and contemporary research into learning and teaching, while maintaining the highest international standards demanded by international accreditation agencies. The on-going professional growth of our highly skilled faculty is a key factor for improving curriculum and student learning.
Ji Han, Director of Curriculum and Learning