Working Together to Help Students Grow
Families are an important part of the learning community at THSI. We offer parents various opportunities to learn how we can work together to best support our students. These opportunities include events such as parent teas and parent learning events. Additionally, parents receive regular communication from classroom teachers to keep them informed of their child's academic, social, physical, and emotional growth.
Demanding Curriculum, Challenging Expectations
At THSI, we have two fully qualified teachers for each classroom. In addition to homeroom duties, co-teachers are also responsible for teaching IPC, English and, mathematics. The remainder of the subjects are taught by subject area specialists who either provide the instruction within the classroom, or take the students to specially designed facilities for physical education, music, and art.
Our primary school utilizes the Chinese National Curriculum supported by other instructional materials and resources, such as Reading Street, Math in Focus, and International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Instructional technology is infused throughout the subject areas. Classroom sizes average about 22 students and attempts are made to balance them by gender. With a co-teaching homeroom model, and the support of ELL and other classroom-based teacher support structures, the THSI primary boasts a very low teacher-to-student ratio.
A Healthy Body and Mind
Exercise and physical activity are important elements at THSI. Physical activity is offered four times per week, as well as multiple recess periods and other outside education. This helps students to be active and feel good.
Social and Emotional Learning
THSI Primary School pays high attention to students’ academic and social-emotional development. Through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), we help students and parents master necessary communication skills, help children set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Differentiated teaching meets the students' needs during daily teaching. We utilize morning and closure meetings and student activities as an opportunity to improve the students’ self-awareness and establish the connection between students and the community, which lays a solid foundation for their future socialization.