Program of Studies

Program of Studies
Pre-School (Toddler 1 – Kinder)

Pre-School (Toddler 1 – Kinder)

The Pre-School program at Puntacana International School is designed to meet the emergent needs of young children. Our program focuses on our student’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

Intellectual skills are promoted by encouraging students to solve problems, initiate activities and learn through active exploration. These activities are presented with a thematic unit approach, which are often generated by the student’s interests and events in our community, abiding by our curriculum standards. Classes taught in our Pre-School program include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, Technology, and Physical Education.

The school year is divided into three marking periods (trimesters), where grades are given based on each child’s development throughout the year in each area. Progress Reports are always visible to parents through Jupiter Grades, and student’s work is provided to parents for each marking period in the Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Elementary School (grades 1st – 5th)

Elementary School (Grades 1st – 5th)

The Elementary School consists of Grades 1-5 some which have 2 classes in each grade, some have three, each with its own homeroom teacher who instructs students in the core subjects of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Values using English as the language of instruction. These teachers collaborate with and are supported by the rest of our staff, who teach Art, Music, Physical Education, and Information Technology, along with Lengua Española and Sociales classes which are taught in Spanish.

A Common Core State standards-based curriculum drives instruction in the areas of Language Arts and Math. Real world lessons and hands-on experiences are incorporated within daily instruction to link theory with practice, especially in Science and Social Studies subjects. The Elementary area is a unique setting in which students from Grades 1-5 build fundamental skills, grow their curiosity, begin to understand themselves as learners, and develop a sense of who they are as 21st century citizens.

The wide range of language abilities among students at PCIS require teachers to implement a variety of instructional strategies to engage the students in learning, facilitate their growth, and encourage success. An intensive English Language Support (ELS) program is provided to students with less English experience to help them quickly learn and embrace the language.

We utilize standards-based assessment in Grades 1-2 to describe what a student should be able to do at each grade level in all subjects. Standards-based progress reports provide a clear picture of what the student knows and the extent to which the student has mastered the skills required to move to the next grade level. Three times a year, parents meet with teachers to review student progress. In Grades 3-5, students are assessed through various academic indicators such as participation, classwork, homework, and projects. Throughout the year, we have four Parents’ Evening events so teachers can discuss with parents their learning goals and celebrate our student’s achievements. Maintaining open lines of communication guarantees that all members of the educational community are aware of the school’s expectations for student learning. We encourage our parents to be actively involved in their children’s education and to encourage them to strive for excellence.

Senior School (Grades 6th – 12th)

Senior School (Grades 6th – 12th)

In the Senior School, students follow a bilingual curriculum (roughly 80% in English and 20% in Spanish) that includes subjects such as Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, French, Expressive Arts and Physical Education as well as Lengua Española, Ciencias Sociales, Ciencias Naturales, Values and IIT, (Interactive Innovative Technology). Each classroom has video projection capabilities designed to support each individual teacher’s instructional style.

The Senior School also offers many co-curricular and extracurricular activities to support our academic, sports, and entrepreneurial programs; such as Junior Achievement, Model United Nations, Student Council, collaborative work with the University Students at the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, Math Olympics and our annual Mini-Med Course.

Our main goal is to work toward the development of our student’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual potential.

The diversity in our students, staff and programs emphasizes internationalism based on respect towards others.