Curriculum

As a college preparatory institution, APIS strives for academic excellence. It is our goal to provide our students with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed at top universities in the United States and around the world. The goal of curriculum design at APIS is to improve student learning by using current teaching methodologies based on the latest educational research. To achieve this vision, APIS follows a coherent, comprehensive, and spiral curriculum based on standards and benchmarks.

APIS believes that the path to learning does not follow a one-size-fits-all solution or plan. Technological advancements create an increasingly complex world where educators, learners, and communities will use a variety of methods to learn together. While learning certainly needs to be collaborative, learner-centered, and meaningful, our education is more personalized to be effective for an increasingly diverse population. APIS curriculum considers the whole learner with contextual learning that includes cross disciplines. Both collaborative and authentic learning is used to promote global and digital citizenship.

Our secondary school programs are also flexible as they are personalized and differentiated so that they fit the individual rather than the individual being forced to adapt to the educational system. Students will have options on how they approach learning. While one student may learn a subject in a team with or without a mentor, another may use digital media to progress step by step through a tailored learning program. Technology is a facilitator of good curriculum and APIS is a hub of the community rather than just a node in a network.

The secondary school core curriculum (math, science, English, social studies) is supported by coursework in fine arts (music and art), foreign languages (Korean, Chinese, or Japanese), as well as courses in applied technology, computer science, and agricultural and environmental sciences. Throughout all curricular areas, an emphasis is placed on applying learning in the context of projects. All students are explorers, designers, makers, and change-agents, expected to apply their talents and passions toward improving themselves and the world around them.

As an inclusive school, APIS recognizes students come to us with a variety of learning styles and needs and endeavors to provide additional care and support for all learners as necessary. English as an Additional Language (EAL) support is available to students as needed, and differentiation and additional learning support is available both during class and through after-school study support. Students have a chance to immerse themselves in the local and regional culture through coursework, class trips, and service learning opportunities.