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These include subjects that are fundamental to the learning program at our school.


CKELA(Core Knowledge English Language Arts) Curriculum aims to achieve English language competence and not necessarily just teach reading i.e., students must be competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The curriculum is aligned to Common Core Standards and these standards are:

  • Research- and evidence-based

  • Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills

  • Aligned with college and career expectations

  • Informed by other top-performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society



Illustrative Math provides rich, engaging core programs built around focus, coherence, and rigor. Distinctives of IM:


  • “Spark discussion, perseverance, and enjoyment of mathematics.
    IM K–5 Math is a problem-based core curriculum rooted in content and practice standards to foster learning and achievement for all. Students learn by doing math by solving problems, developing conceptual understanding, and discussing and defending their reasoning. Teachers build confidence with lessons and curriculum guides that help them facilitate learning and help students make connections between concepts and procedures.


  • Intentional lesson design that promotes mathematical growth.
    Every activity and lesson in IM K–5 Math tells a coherent mathematical story across units and grade levels based on both the standards and research-based learning trajectories. This allows students the opportunity to view mathematics as a connected set of ideas and offers them access to mathematics when developed into the overarching design structure of the curriculum.


  • Focus on developing learning communities.
    The first unit in each grade level provides lesson structures that establish a mathematical community and invite students into mathematics with accessible content. Each lesson offers opportunities for the teacher and students to learn more about one another, develop mathematical language, and become increasingly familiar with the curriculum routines. The use of authentic contexts and adaptations provides students with opportunities to bring their own experiences to the lesson activities and see themselves in the materials and mathematics.” 



Mystery Science aligns with Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS) which have a 3 dimensions approach to learning Science: 

  • Cross-Cutting Concepts that connect the 4 domains of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design,

  • Science and Engineering Practices through inquiry to build, deepen and apply scientific concepts

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas within the four domains that are progressive 


      Why NGSS: 



We follow an adapted version of the National Council for Social Studies Framework mainly for Civics and Economics units along with Core Knowledge of History and Geography to build a strong foundation of knowledge with lessons that are rooted in inquiry-based learning which encourages and engages students to ask questions and investigate real-world problems.

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A Core Element

Core Subjects are taught and led by the Homeroom Teacher and are essential building blocks of the academic design at Harbour International School

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