English Track Kindergarten Curriculum
The SMIC Private School English Track Kindergarten follows a US-based curriculum and standards. All students take the five core subject classes [language arts (reading and writing), math, science, and social studies] and all but science follow the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards. AERO was designed for international schools but is based on the US Common Core standards (and actually is also known as Common Core Plus). Science follows the North Carolina Essential Standards. Chinese is also a required core subject area for elementary students. Chinese language instruction follows standards set up through the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education and the Full Time Compulsory Education Chinese Curriculum Standards. Kindergarten students also take non-core courses in art, music, PE, and computers weekly. The computer curriculum is based upon the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards.
The Kindergarten has adopted Everyday Math as its math program for providing a research-based, spiraling approach to math that focuses on student understanding and application of concepts. Internal assessment and achievement results are validated through the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) achievement test. This assessment is based on Common Core standards and provides detailed data on student performance as individuals and as a school.
Class sizes in Kindergarten do not exceed 25 students, and classroom teachers are aided by one teaching assistant in each self-contained classroom.