The general education program recognizes that students from levels 1-12 have their own learning styles, strengths, and challenges. Students of all ages come to school with combinations of unique and shared patterns of values, knowledge, and experience of the world and their place in it. By promoting open communication based on understanding and respect, RIS encourages students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners. The RIS education is holistic in nature—it is concerned with the whole person. Along with cognitive development, RIS programs address students’ social, emotional, and physical well-being. RIS values and offers opportunities for students to become active and caring members of local, national, and global communities. All these are concretized through the academic standards adapted from international-based curricula. The sources of RIS curricula include the Singaporean curriculum for English, Mathematics, and Science, the Common Core State Standards of the United States for Social Studies, and the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) School of Tomorrow for Filipino.
The International Program
The Singaporean English, Math, and Science Curriculum is a holistic and broad-based educational program that helps students in building conceptual knowledge and challenges them to think critically.
Mathematics is an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence in logical reasoning, spatial visualization, analysis, and abstract thought. Students develop numeracy, reasoning, thinking, and problem solving skills through the learning and application of mathematics, especially in everyday living and in the workplace.
The Singapore Mathematics Education aims to enable students to achieve the following:
- Acquire the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for everyday life and for continuous learning in mathematics and related disciplines.
- Develop the necessary process skills for the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts.
- Develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills and apply these skills to formulate and solve problems.
- Develop positive attitude towards mathematics.
- Make effective use of a variety of mathematical tools (including information and communication technology tools) in the learning and application of mathematics.
- Produce imaginative and creative work arising from mathematical ideas.
- Develop the abilities to reason logically, communicate mathematically, and learn cooperatively and independently.
Using the Spiral teaching method, our Math teachers empower the students to problem solve and develop critical thinking in the Math classroom. Teachers of Math impart the excitement and value of Math to their students. They are facilitators and role models of the problem solving process in the classrooms. They create a learning environment that encourages and challenges students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. At all times, teaching and learning approaches are centered on the student as a problem solver.
The Singapore Science Curriculum emphasizes the need for a balance between and among the acquisition of science knowledge, process, and attitudes. In addition, as and where the topics lend themselves, the technological applications, social implications, and the value aspects of science are also considered. It also emphasizes the broad coverage of fundamental concepts in the natural and physical world. Learning schemes are developed with the interests and abilities of the students in mind.
Central to the Singapore Science Curriculum is the inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry. The conduct of inquiry is founded on three integral domains of (a) Knowledge, Understanding and Application, (b) Skills and Processes, and (c) Ethics and Attitudes. These domains are essential to the practice of science. In line with this, the Singapore Science curriculum design seeks to enable students to achieve the following:
- Develop skills in conducting scientific and intellectual inquiry
- Discover the roles played by science in daily life, the society, and the environment.
- Explore the things around them and fuel their spirit of curiosity.
- Enjoy science and value science as an important tool in helping them explore their natural and physical world.
- Better appreciate themselves and the world around them through the practical concepts that they learned in their science classroom
Our science teachers impart the excitement and value of science to their students. Teachers of Science are the leaders of inquiry and of critical thinking in the science classroom. They are facilitators and role models of the inquiry and critical thinking process in the classrooms. They create a learning environment that encourages and challenges students to develop their sense of inquiry and to develop their critical thinking skills. At all times, teaching and learning approaches are centered on the student as an inquirer and as a critical thinker.
The Singapore English Language Curriclum believes that the English Language is a means of making meaning and of communication. It involves cognitive and affective engagement and interaction. It is guided by our awareness of the purpose, audience, context, and culture in which communication takes place. Learning it in a multilingual context is different from learning it in a monolingual or near-native context. The curriculum’s ultimate goal is to help students use the English language effectively to better connect with the world.
Students’ effective language use will be achieved through “A Strong Foundation and Rich Language for All” approach. The foundation of language learning will be strengthened through a greater focus on oral communication (listening and speaking skills) using show-and-tell, debates, speech and drama, and oral presentations for all levels and courses. In connection to this, the Singapore English curriculum seeks to help students achieve the following:
- Acquire word study skills to build and use vocabulary knowledge in a variety of contexts.
- Develop writing skills and learner strategies for idea generation, selection, development, organisation, and revision.
- Appreciate the use of language through exposure to literary and informational/ functional texts with information-rich content from authentic print and non-print sources.
- Engage in sustained, authentic, and creative writing and representation of texts through extensive reading and viewing.
- Be exposed to and engaged in producing a variety of multimodal texts to represent ideas effectively.
- Use language in a variety of contexts, to revisit language structures and skills and to see how language works “according to purpose, audience, context, and culture”.
Our teachers help our students achieve effective use of English through adopting a principled blend of first language and second language teaching methods to achieve a balance between systematic and explicit instruction. Additionally, we use a contextualised and holistic approach to learning that provides the students a rich language environment. Through this, RIS hopes to help students build a strong foundation of language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, which, in the long run, will help them become communicatively competent individuals.
The Common Core State Standards of United States for Social Studies Curriculum is an integrated program that is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge for life inside and outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and appreciate history & current events. Students will learn to use logical reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success today, in college, career, and life in general. In addition, RIS standards lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century.
The ACE curriculum is an individualized program where every student progresses independently at his or her own level of achievement. This empowers the student to become self-initiating and self-motivated. Filipino subject uses ACE program which incorporates the principles of goal setting, character-building, self-determination, and wisdom in order to encourage discipline and develop critical thinking skills, thereby producing students who possess academic excellence. Students are also encouraged to learn individually and in groups. The school believes that both inward reflection and interpersonal discourse produce a mindset that students can use to analyze the different parts of varying concepts in order to better understand, comprehend, and appreciate these concepts.