Stamford American Elementary School Curriculum Guide - page 4

American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards
Stamford aligns the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards with the IB
programs to ensure that students receive the best of American and international
education. AERO standards are supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of
Overseas Schools and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in
developing and implementing American standards-based school curricula. AERO
began as a project to adapt the U.S. national standards in Mathematics, Science,
Language Arts and Social Studies to serve the needs of international student
bodies. Over the years, standards have also been developed in Music, Visual Arts
and World Languages.
AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency from Kindergarten 2 to
Grade 12 and for stability of curriculum in overseas schools. AERO’s curriculum
and resources are in alignment with research based trends in the development of
curriculum worldwide, and in particular with the common core standards in the
United States.
The AERO Curriculum Framework connects the process strands (problem solving,
reasoning and proof, communication and reasoning and connections), which
highlight ways of acquiring and using content knowledge, with the content
standards, which outline the big concepts, to develop a coherent understanding.
The relationship between process and content standards is critical as students will
not develop proficient understanding if either is taught in isolation.
The primary goal of the AERO standards is to develop a framework of voluntary
academic standards appropriate for American schools overseas. The AERO
standards used the Council for Basic Education’s Standards for Excellence in
Education as the basis. Standards for Excellence in Education is a condensed,
edited version of the U.S. common core standards, so there is a strong relationship
between the U.S. national standards and AERO. Twelve international schools lent
their expertise to the AERO project, working together as a team twice a year and
extensively at the school sites to discuss and refine the standards and benchmarks
to ensure that they were appropriate for the international school community.
This collaboration led to several changes: they added content or skills they felt
were missing, modified the benchmarks for international schools and made the
benchmarks more challenging, either by editing or by shifting ahead the grade span
during which the benchmark would be targeted for achievement (e.g., from “by the
end of Grade 8” to “by the end of Grade 5”).
Stamford American International School is an IB World School and is authorized
to offer the PYP. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment
to high quality, challenging, international education that Stamford believes is
important for our students. The PYP is an international curriculum framework
Elementary School Curriculum Outline
Stamford’s Nursery Program, beginning from age 2, is based on the best of American and international standards to prepare
students for entrance into the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) in Pre-Kindergarten. The Elementary
School consists of three sub-schools, Early Years (Nursery - Kindergarten 1), Lower Elementary (Kindergarten 2 – Grade 2) and
Upper Elementary (Grade 3 – Grade 5). The curriculum used in the Elementary School is based on AERO standards and the IB
Primary Years Program (PYP).
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