Lower School Philosophy. We believe that:

  • All children deserve to be supported and challenged, and are entitled to a positive nurturing environment.
  • Children have different learning styles and developmental rates.
  • Teachers and students share the responsibility for risk taking, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Effective assessment informs instruction and supports learning.
  • We have a responsibility to foster the development of all students socially, emotionally, academically, and physically.
  • Self-care and independence are essential for character development.
  • A great school is child centered with teachers who motivate, facilitate, and guide.
  • An open and cooperative partnership with parents is dependent on effective communication.
  • We are a community of learners.
  • Children are entitled to an education that prepares them for the future.

CTBC International Academy (CIA) provides a well-rounded and robust lower school educational experience. Students will learn the core subjects in a challenging and engaging environment. They will also develop the critical thinking skills needed to become a leader in the 21st century. In the humanities subjects, students will build strong reading, writing, and discussion skills. Through novel study and discussion, students will develop critical thinking and empathy through the stories, viewpoints, and ideas they listen to and read. In math and science courses, students explore their world through the active application of their learning with independent and group project assignments. Here too, students learn critical thinking skills through the discussion of ethics and ideas. In the arts, students learn how to develop their creativity and ability to express themselves.

CIA also recognizes that students must learn how to adapt, grow, and thrive in a changing environment. Students learn to respect themselves and others, maintain a positive attitude, and be a positive change in the world. In learning about other cultures, students are exposed to new ideas and develop a better understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Students also learn that everyone is capable of making a difference, no matter how young or old. Community service opportunities allow for students to apply this training and to build teamwork and leadership experience.

CIA students complete grade 6 with the writing, reading, and discussion ability needed to do well in middle school, as well as the curiosity, critical thinking, and empathetic capacity to become a leader in the 21st century.