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.

Early Years

At BEIS, the first three years at school are very important in a child’s life. Early impressions affect the way in which children react to people, new experiences, and to life in general.

BEIS Kindergarten programs are child-centered and devoted to meeting each child’s unique prerequisite. BEIS provides a safe and nurturing environment in which to foster each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development. Children learn best through meaningful play. Skills are integrated across activities. Teachers serve as facilitators to guide children in interaction with the various learning opportunities. Each classroom is divided into interest centers such as art, dramatic play, block building, the use of manipulatives, sensory, science, math, and language. Through play and self-initiated learning, the children refine their motor, thinking, language, and self-help skills necessary for success in school. The teaching at these levels integrates equally the Common Core State Standards.

Nursery

Children are generally eligible for Nursery once they turn three years old by September 30 of the calendar year. The timings of the sessions available each day are from 8:15 am until 10:15 am.

Kindergarten 1

Children are generally eligible for Kindergarten 1 once they turn four years old by September 30 of the calendar year. A day in this program begins at 10:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.

Kindergarten 2

Children are generally eligible for Kindergarten 2 once they turn five years old by September 30 of the calendar year.

This is the first stage of required formal education in the above mentioned domains. Processing experiences and information through interaction with adults and among children in many different ways form a central part of learning. Integrated themes and the learning process are more important than stand-alone contents or subjects.   A day in this program begins at 8:15 am and ends at 2:05 pm.

Primary School

Primary School grades start from Grade 1 to Grade.  Learning in the Primary School focuses on a solid foundation of basic skills used in various units of inquiry.  Through these themes, links within the  the different subject areas are set, enabling students to learn from practical applications in a fun and engaging way.

Classes in Grades 1 to 4 are self-contained. It is the homeroom teacher, who teaches all the subjects except for Physical Education.  This allows the teacher to monitor the skills and knowledge of the students in a holistic manner. In Grade 5, subjects are taught by specialist teachers, since the degree of the subject matter are deeper and more advanced in this grade level.

BEIS also teaches Kulturang Pilipino, which focuses on Philippine cultural heritage. This subject aims to provide the students ample background about the Philippine history and culture, thus making their stay in Boracay more meaningful. This subject is taught to students from Grade 3 through Middle School.

 Subjects in Primary School

  • Language Arts : 6 times/week
  • Mathematics : 5 times/week
  • Science : 3 times/week
  • Social Studies : 3 times/week
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology) – once a week
  • Art – 2 times/week
  • Physical Education – 3 times/week
  • Kulturang Pilipino (Grade 3 to Grade 5) once a week

Schedule

Grades 1 -3

Registration starts at 8:10 am. Dismissal time is at 2:05 pm

Each subject is fifty-five minutes long.  There is a morning break, which is 20 minutes, and lunch is 45 minutes long.

Grades 4-5

Registration starts at 8:10 am. Dismissal time is at 3:05 pm

Each subject is fifty-five minutes long.  There is a morning break, which is 20 minutes, and lunch is 45 minutes long.

Electives

BEIS make sure that children have extra-curricular activities. This is in the form of electives. Various elective classes are offered to the children. They are required to join two electives of their choice. Electives happen during the last block, every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Middle School

The Middle School Years of BEIS provide a time of transition for students. Middle School is the term for the three years of schooling from Grade 6 to 8, when students are aged between 11 and 14. Our program provides a solid Common Core academic foundation in the core subjects, Math, Literacy, the Sciences, and Language Arts. Learners 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. Pupils in the middle school level will be challenged to create projects and portfolios that will reflect their learning.

Students in this stage focus their studies on:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Kulturang Pilipino
  • Electives

Middle School registration is at 8:10.

Classes begin at 8:15AM and end at 3:05PM.

Blocks are 55 minutes long.

Lunch is 45 minutes

Total Minutes of Core Lessons per week: 1,485 minutes (24.75 hours)

Number of Subjects per Week

5 Language Arts

5 Mathematics

4 Science

2 Geography

2 History

2 KP

2 PE

2 ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

1 Art (Also incorporated into other lessons)

2 Electives

Electives and Athletics Learning take place both inside and outside the classroom, and an education which is enriched by after- school electives, is what we strive for here at BEIS. The staff of Boracay European International School is committed to providing such enrichment and takes pride in presenting our students with a variety of opportunities to explore each trimester. Learners are not only able to pursue present interests such as art or sport but are also encouraged to try new activities which will develop talents that they might not be aware of. We offer a wide array of electives during the school day such as: music, cooking, yoga, art, story writing, and more. We also encourage students to take part in our after-school activities such as basketball and football.