The Alliance Academy International Elementary Division adheres to U.S. standards of learning established by Virginia State, in addition to complying with standards set by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. In the development of purposeful instruction, classroom teachers reference curriculum guides from recognized U.S. publishers including MacMillan/McGraw-Hill, Houghton-Mifflin, Harcourt, Pearson, Scott-Foresman, Zaner-Bloser, and Gospel Publishing House. Each subject in the Elementary Division is regularly reviewed on a systematic cycle to ensure excellence. This review includes evaluation of subject material and alignment to the standards of learning. Teachers also assess how materials can be adapted to intentionally integrate the principles of a Christian worldview. All subjects are taught in English, except for the required daily Spanish Language class and the weekly Art & Culture class in grades Kindergarten through 6th.
Reading/Language Arts – All elementary courses include comprehensive reading and language arts curriculum which focuses on oral language, reading, and writing standards which progress in complexity throughout the grade levels. The process of reading development begins with understanding concepts of print as well as the sounds and structure of oral and written language. As the curriculum progresses, students acquire a strong foundation in phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension strategies. Beginning in grade 4, curriculum also includes communication, media literacy, and research standards.
Mathematics – All elementary math courses focus on overarching learning strands at an age-appropriate level including Numbers and Operations; Computation and Estimation; Measurement; Geometry; Probability and Statistics; and Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. The Standards of Learning within each strand progress in complexity throughout the grade levels and into middle/high school course content.
Science – Science themes include topics in scientific thinking processes such as observation, communication, comparing, organizing, relating, inferencing, and application. Learning strands grow in complexity as they are studied in each grade.
Grades K-6 include: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic; Force, Motion, and Energy; Matter; Life Processes; Living Systems; Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems; Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change; and Earth Resources.
Social Studies – The curriculum includes foundational content in the strands of History, Geography, Economics, and Civics while providing cross-disciplinary connections to subjects of reading, language, writing, mathematics, science, technology, and civic literacy. Social Studies themes are covered through project-based learning and directly support the AAI mission of teachers and students to be critical in their thinking, multicultural in their understanding, and compassionate global citizens.
Physical Education and Health – The physical education standards are grouped into five overarching content strands: Motor Skill Development, Anatomical Basis of Movement, Fitness Planning, Social Development, and Energy Balance. Physical education is unique in that it focuses on learning about and learning through physical activity. It offers many opportunities for students to build positive interpersonal relationships, improve self-esteem, communicate effectively, set goals, apply strategies to enhance performance, exercise self-management skills, collaborate, and develop a sense of social responsibility.
Life Skills – These weekly classes are facilitated by the Counseling Department for students in preschool through 6th grade. Using the Second Step program, the curriculum addresses critical skills in following areas:
Fine Arts - The visual arts program provides students with multiple means of expression as well as analytical skills to evaluate information that is conveyed through images and symbols. Through participation in the visual arts, students develop critical-thinking skills and draw upon core academic areas to solve problems of creation, design, and execution. They develop individual expression and the ability to work collaboratively to achieve common artistic goals, while preparing for a lifetime of engagement with the arts.
Music – The music curriculum is organized into five specific content strands or topics:
Music Theory/Literacy; Performance; Music History and Cultural Context; Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique; and Aesthetics. Knowledge and skills that students acquire through instruction include the abilities to think critically, solve problems resourcefully, make informed judgments, work cooperatively within groups, appreciate different cultures, exercise imagination, and be creative.
Computers - The Standards of Learning for computer classes define the essential knowledge and skills necessary for students to access, manage, evaluate, use, and create information responsibly using technology and digital resources. They provide a framework for digital literacy and include the progressive development of technical knowledge and skills, intellectual skills for thinking about and using information, and skills needed for working responsibly and productively both individually and within groups.
At the Alliance Academy International we place a high priority on assisting students to succeed in their core classes in preparation for High School. Core classes include: English/U.S. History (8th grade), Math/Science (8th grade), English/World History (7th grade) and Math/Science (7th grade), Bible and Spanish (depending on the level of Spanish). For those students who need additional support in these disciplines we provide Student Teacher Assisted Time (STAT). The STAT study times provide individualized assistance in core discip lines for students in need.
We also offer a wide-variety of exploratory classes including computer, woodworking, keyboarding, home economics, choir, band, physical education, and art. Algebra I is also offered to qualified students in the 8th grade for High School credit. Middle School students also participate in the CHAPEL / IMPACT program which helps and challenges students in their emotional, social, educational and spiritual growth.