Welcome from Elementary School

Students learn best when they believe they can learn, and when they’re interested in the material presented to them – especially when they understand what that material means in context and how it is useful. But students need to know they can and are allowed to learn and think before they start learning — through support, encouragement, and learning how to ask questions. This demands that we as educators cannot simply deliver content with little attention to the individual needs, desires, hopes, and dreams of the students we serve.        

At BIBA, we have teachers from more than 30 countries—each with his or her own story, educational foundation, and passion for learning. These quality educators, coupled with the strong and deeply-driven Chinese teachers, create a diverse learning community for our students, one poised for greatness!  As I work alongside with our teachers, I am inspired by their dedication and hard work. Each comes to professional development experiences with a learning stance, clearly recognizing their individual responsibility to expand their content and pedagogical knowledge in order to better support students. Our teachers approach each school day with the idea that we are creating classrooms that must reflect our changing world. We constantly reflect on questions like: what tasks are we asking our students to participate in? How are we realigning our own thinking so that we can help to expand the thinking of our students? Is the work that we are asking our students to do every day preparing them for college and/or career? Are we indeed facilitating the development of internationally-minded bilingual ambassadors? The focus is always on our students those who are most innocent, our most uninhibited, and of course, our most hopeful.

On behalf of the entire Elementary School, we invite you to visit us and see what makes this community so special.

 

Dr. KC Pang

Co-Principals

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yates

An Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.

 ES Curriculum

BIBA’s elementary school utilizes a standards-based curriculum. In a standards-based educational system, standards, curriculum, and instruction are purposefully linked to ensure that all students have the opportunity to meet high levels of excellence. BIBA’s elementary standards have been carefully chosen to ensure a rigorous and thorough set of defined skills and knowledge that students are expected to learn at each specified grade level in each specified content area. These standards set the focus and essentially define WHAT must be learned by all students. Our curriculum and instruction define HOW the standards will be taught and have been established through careful research into what will best ensure our students are fully prepared for post elementary studies at BIBA and anywhere else in the world. Our aligned curriculum ensures that all resources, materials, instructional practice, and assessments reflect the requirements of the standards of each content area.          As a school, BIBA is continually and thoughtfully developing, overseeing, and evaluating the relevancy and adequacy of our standards-based curriculum in ensuring all of our students have full access to a guaranteed, viable curriculum that prepares them for college and career.

 Philosophy

 

  Learning

Learning at BIBA is a process of acquiring, developing, connecting, transferring, communicating, and reflecting on knowledge, skills, experiences, and attitude.

  • Acquiring skills and knowledge to promote learning.
  • Using inquiry to make connections between themselves, their immediate environment, and the world around them.
  • Transferring knowledge and skills to new and varied contexts.
  • Communicating in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Reflecting critically on learning.

  Assessment

Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analyzing, and reflecting on evidence to make informed and consistent judgments on achievement and student learning. It is an alignment tool between intended and actual learning.  At BIBA, assessment helps a student to answer the following questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? How can I close the gap?