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1. What is the curriculum at Stamford?
The curriculum at Stamford includes two rigorous programs of study: the
International Baccalaureate (IB) program which encourages a process of guided
inquiry aligned with challenging American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards.
The subject areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art,
Personal and Social Education, Physical Education and Modern Languages are taught
through interdisciplinary themes (units of inquiry) that have relevance within and
across subject areas to facilitate more effective learning.
2. What is the Primary Years Program (PYP)?
The PYP is an international curriculum framework designed for children between
the ages of 3 and 12 years old. The program focuses on the total growth of the
developing child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in
addition to academic welfare. The PYP offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based
approach to teaching and learning that prepares students to be active participants in
a lifelong journey of learning.
3. How are teachers trained to teach Stamford’s program?
At Stamford we recruit, retain and professionally develop leading American and
international teachers and educators for our school. All grade level teachers
are formally trained in their respective IB programs. All teachers receive in-
house ongoing training to teach our program as well as continuous professional
development to ensure best practices are being followed.
4. How are students assessed?
Teachers organize ongoing benchmark assessments to provide insight into
students’ understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes. Teachers assess student
performance using an established set of specific criteria and benchmarks for scoring
or rating students’ tests, performances or portfolios. Teachers are responsible for
structuring varied and valid assessment tasks, which allow students to demonstrate
achievement according to the required objectives within each subject area. These
tasks may include for example tests, open-ended problem solving, investigations,
organized debates, hands-on experimentation, analysis and reflection.
5. What are the strengths and the benefits of the Stamford
curriculum?
Stamford offers a unique blend of American and international curricula. Stamford’s
curriculum and the PYP framework are based on a constructivist model for learning
through which students learn that knowledge is connected. Our curriculum is broad,
balanced and students must study a second language. The integrated and inquiry-
based learning is a strength because it aligns with the way students will acquire
and apply knowledge in the real world. Our curriculum aim is to provide the best
teaching and learning experiences for each student so they achieve more than they
believe they can.
6. How would it be for students to move from Stamford to a
non-PYP school?
Stamford provides a rigorous program of study based on the IB Program and
aligned with American standards. Students who leave Stamford will find
themselves well-prepared in both knowledge and skills for their next school.
Stamford also provides student transcripts, MAP scores and electronic portfolios
to ensure that future schools are sufficiently informed of student academic level in
all subject areas.
7. What is the school’s current official status regarding the IB?
Stamford American International School is an IB World School authorized to
offer the IB Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and the Diploma
Program. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to
high quality, challenging, international education that Stamford believes is
important for our students.
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