Dear Prospective Family, Teacher and Student
Welcome to our school through our website!
Within the first months of school, we have enjoyed the senior entrance, as well as the experiences of our nursery, first, sixth, and ninth grade students who entered a new division for the very first time.
During the summer, our teachers have participated in professional development and prepared their classrooms to create optimum learning environments. Our goal has been to reboot the school by transforming our learning experiences. Over the past few years, we have created and refined our learning principles representing foundational teaching and learning elements. Here is a preview of our learning principles:
The PURPOSE Principle
We all seek to make sense of things. Learning is a process of making meaning and must be driven by a clear, intentional sense of purpose. Learners are more engaged when they are convinced by ‘the why’.
The PEOPLE Principle
We are a social species. Learning for us is not only cognitive. It is also a deeply personal, social, and emotional process. Human relationships may just be the most powerful influencer of learner success.
The OWNERSHIP Principle
We all learn differently. Everyone can learn how to learn and has the right and responsibility to own their own learning. We meet learners where they are and help them write their own story.
The CONNECTIONS Principle
We learn by making connections, with our prior knowledge, across disciplines and between our school and authentic real-world contexts.Learning transfer happens best in rich, relevant contexts.The number and strength of connections we make will impact the quality of our enduring understandings.
The WONDER Principle
We are naturally curious and playful. We learn through an enjoyable lifelong process of playing, wondering, questioning, inquiring, reaching conclusions and then inquiring further.
To frame our students’ success, we created the Portrait of a Bulldog. We’re committed to developing these habits of mind with our students throughout their time at EIS so they become learning experts. These competencies will serve them well throughout their lifetime.
Our Cognia accreditation identified areas of success and needs that we must target. The review team recommended a revision to our mission and vision statements. The school has begun working with Ariel Raz to guide us in the process. Mr. Raz is engaged in the business of providing services related to professional development program design and delivery. He is a faculty member with Stanford University d.school. and has experience working with international schools in strategic scenario planning.
Mr. Raz’s first trip was focused on working with the SLT and the Board in our improvement journey. He also provided professional development to our technology and innovation teachers in design thinking.
As we move forward to improve the quality of educational opportunities for all learners, we want to introduce our community to our Code of Ethics. It provides principles of conduct and ethical standards for all stakeholders that guide our daily decisions within the school community. You may read them here: Code of Ethics.
A school of our size allows students to enhance their interpersonal skills and flexibility by meeting new friends, learning from new teachers, and experiencing new things.We all have the best interest of each child in mind.
Once again, welcome!