Curriculum

As a European international school, we are able to research, collaborate, and innovate within our chosen curriculum to bring high levels of rigor to the classroom in every subject. We are making a transition to the 2015Common Core Curriculum to ensure that all our students meet international standards in learning objectives.  The BEIS curriculum is administrated by the Principal in consultation with teachers and outside professionals.

Common Core Subjects and Grade Levels

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math, science and English Language Arts starting from Preparatory.

The standards were drafted by experts and teachers to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.

The standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

Nursery and Preschool

Nurturing and academic development begins in our Nursery and Kindergarten (Preschool) classes. Students are encouraged to explore newly discovered ideas. In a warm, supportive environment, the children receive the individual attention they need as they learn through play and real life experiences. Phonics and counting skills are taught, along with key sight words.

At BEIS, students begin Nursery at age 3 and enter Kindergarten the following year. Nursery and Kindergarten are focused on basic literacy and numeracy as well as developing motor skills, healthy social habits, and emotional awareness.

Primary School

Primary School grades start from Preparatory and end in grade 3 at BEIS. Preparatory is the first stage of required formal education with a more thorough academic program. Learning in the Primary School focuses on a solid foundation of basic skills plus various units of inquiry. Through these themes, links within the different subject areas are set, enabling students to learn from practical applications in a fun and engaging way. BEIS also teaches Kulturang Pilipino (Philippine culture classes beginning in Grade 3), which focus on both the cultural heritage of the Philippines, bringing greater understanding to their time on Boracay. Providing applied educational experiences in the primary school will allow our students to develop into life-long learners.

Students in Primary study from the following areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • History & Geography
  • Art and Music
  • Physical Education
  • Kulturang Pilipino (Grade 3)

School begins at 8:15AM and ends at 2:05PM.

Blocks are 70 minutes long.

Lunch is 45 minutes

Total Minutes of Core Subject Lessons per week: 980 minutes (16.3 hours)

Primary Number of Subjects per Week

6 Language Arts

4 Math

2 Science

2 Social Studies

1ICT(Information and Communication Technology)

1 Art (Also incorporated into other lessons)

2 PE

2 Electives

*Each day ends with 15 minutes of “Wrap-Up Activities and Assessments”. Teachers will use different strategies here, (i.e. exit tickets, individual white board games, etc.) to assess their students understanding from the days’ lessons.

Secondary School

The Secondary Years of BEIS provide a time of transition for students. Secondary is the term for the four years of schooling from Grade 4 to 8, when pupils are aged between 9 and 14.Our program provides a solid Common Core academic foundation in the core subjects, Math, Literacy, the Sciences, and Language Arts. Students are expected to work hard and to develop a strong sense of ownership over their academic growth. The foundation subjects are supplemented with continuing study units of inquiry: student-driven research and project-based learning to instill the scientific process and presentation skills into the students’ academic style. Students in the secondary level will be challenged to create projects and portfolios that will reflect their learning.

Students in this stage focus their studies on:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Design Technology
  • History & Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Art and Music
  • Physical & Sex Education
  • College & Career Education
  • Kulturang Pilipino

School begins at 8:15AM and ends at 3:15PM.

Blocks are 70 minutes long.

Lunch is 45 minutes

Total Minutes of Core Lessons per week: 980 minutes (16.3 hours)

Secondary Number of Subjects per Week

4 Language Arts

4 Math

3 Science

3 Social Studies

2 KP

2 PE

2 ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

1 Art (Also incorporated into other lessons)

1Remedial (First Block Friday)

  • Remedial block is used for testing and individualized support.

2 Electives