The ADIS curriculum was strategically developed (or designed) to teach 21st century learning expectations. The curriculum focuses on implementation of the procedures and assessment processes to ensure that all students practice and achieve the learning expectations.
The curriculum, aligned with the US Common Core State Standards, contains essential questions, skills, instructional activities, and assessments including assignments that assess students’ achievement of the 21st century learning expectations. The supporting standards are written in the curriculum maps and guide the teaching and learning of each unit study.
The ADIS curriculum emphasizes depth of understanding through inquiry, problem-solving, and higher thinking skills. Cross-disciplinary learning is evident in classroom and lessons, but is not stated explicitly in curricular documents. The school promotes authentic learning where the students are encouraged to apply their learning outside the classroom through cross-curricular STEM projects and academic research. The curriculum supports informed and ethical use of technology, and structures are in place in order to anticipate, prevent, and address unethical use of online and technological resources.
The taught curriculum mirrors the written one. HODs, academic coordinators, and departmental structures are in place to ensure that the written curriculum is implemented through student-centered teaching and engaged learning strategies. Each week, teachers participate in common planning; therein, teachers align curriculum, create common lesson plans, reflect on best practices, and update common assessments used across grade level.
Curricular coordination is achieved through effective strategic planning and team management. in the school. Several structures ensure the clear articulation of curriculum, including a curriculum review cycle, common planning, robust professional development opportunities, weekly HOD meetings and a monthly meeting of the Leadership Team to discuss curricular issues, needs, and initiatives. Vertical articulation is clear as HODs and academic coordinators oversee the curriculum from KG to Gr. 12.
The Administrative Team provides the staff with personnel, time, and financial resources for ongoing and collaborative development, evaluation, and revision of the curriculum. Teachers are regularly involved in curricular review, evaluation and adoption. The school regularly uses both teacher input and research to inform decisions when considering the curriculum changes & adoption.