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Middle and High School | Berkeley International School

Overview
Grade 6
Mathematics
Earth Science
Ancient Civilizations
English/Language Arts
Grade 7
Mathematics
Life Science
Medieval to Modern Times
English/Language Arts
Grade 8
Mathematics
Physical Science
Cultural Geography
English/Language Arts
Grade 9 - 12
Mathematics
Integrated Science
Social Studies
21st Century Literacy
Electives
Information Technology
Music
Art
Physical Education
Mandarin
Thai

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Middle and High School Overview


Berkeley’s Middle School covers grades six to eight. All middle school classes follow a block schedule of 80 minute classes with alternating A/B days. Additional requirements outside the core classes include music, physical education, swimming, Mandarin, information technology, and art classes. A learning support program is in place to support ESL and special needs students.

Berkeley’s college preparatory high school will have their first graduating class in the spring of 2017. High school classes are based on a set of requirements set up to ensure matriculation to top universities and colleges around the world. Berkeley offers Advanced Placement classes to high achieving students. All students work with the counselor to develop a plan of courses to help them obtain entrance to the college of their choice. Like the Middle School, classes follow a block schedule of 80 minutes every other day. Students are given the choice of a variety of electives that include, Business Management, Mandarin, Spanish, Publication and Design, Psychology/Sociology and a Creative Arts Design class with graduation requirements following a standard American high school course of study. A learning support program is in place to support ESL and special needs students.

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Grade 6 - Earth Science


Sixth Grade Science seeks to foster students’ natural curiosity about the world around them and apply scientific processes to help explore it. The primary focus for this class is the Earth and Earth Systems. Students study energy and material resources, plate tectonics including earthquakes and volcanoes, weathering and erosion, weather and climate, as well as ecology. All of these topics help to show relationships between science and the world in which they live.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Research and present energy resources and determine which is best for Thailand.

Create an educational program about Earthquake safety.

Explain how and why the earth changes.

Design an alien organism capable of surviving conditions on another planet.

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Grade 6 - Ancient Civilizations


The Grade Six course will expand students’ understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non- Western civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Civilizations studied include- Early Humankind, Mesopotamia, Egypt & Kush Ancient Hebrews, Ancient Greece, Ancient India, Ancient China and the Roman Empire.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did.

Understand why they became dominant and why they declined.

Analyze the interactions among various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds.

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Grade 6 - Mathematics


In Math 6, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. In addition to these four critical areas, students’ will strive to apply the following mathematical practices.

Course Overview

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

The Number System

Expressions and Equations

Geometry

Statistics and Probability

Areas of Monitored Progress

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Model with mathematics.

Use appropriate tools strategically.

Attend to precision.

Look for and make use of structures.

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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Grade 6 - Language Arts


Our secondary language arts program consists of a challenging and unique curriculum, which integrates both the College and Career Readiness Standards as well as the Common Core State Standards. Created by College Board and based on the 'Understanding by Design' model, the program is vertically aligned from grades 6-9 so that all students benefit from coherence, rigor, and a consistent culture of high standards.

Throughout the year, a wide variety of proven teaching and learning strategies, relevant and increasingly complex content, and innovative methods that engage students on multiple levels of learning and understanding are implemented. Our utilization of the 'Understanding by Design' template creates a culture of authentic, performance-based assessments, which are organized around tasks and questions that guide critical thinking and analysis.

At Berkeley, our curriculum is complemented by a vibrant culture of literacy. Through our independent reading incentive program, students cultivate an intrinsic love of reading. As a community of readers, the staff and students inspire one another to enjoy reading for pleasure and personal growth!

Course Overview

Academic Vocabulary: terms defined and analyzed in context

Key Ideas and Details: text-dependent questions guide interactions with the text

Language and Writer’s Craft: language and grammar instruction connected to in-context writing

Writing Prompts: text-related assignments in argumentative, informative, and narrative modes

Textual evidence: opportunities to use evidence in written responses and oral discussions

Variety of texts: a balanced selection of engaging nonfiction, literature, and nonprint texts

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Grade 7 - Life Science


Seventh Grade Science seeks to explore the world of Life Science using scientific processes. Students will study characteristics of life and cells, look into heredity and genetic processes, evolution and the history of the last and, lastly, students will study classification of organisms and human body systems. Highlights of the year include building a cell model, persuading others about genetic engineering, and learning about the probability of genetic outcomes.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Discuss the positives and negative of genetic engineering.

Create a Cell model analogy that helps to explain the functions of organelles.

Determine the probable number of offspring with the dominant trait shown.

Determine the chance of survival for an organism if the climate changes.

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Grade 7 - Medieval to Modern Times


Students in Grade Seven will study the social, cultural and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa and Asia through the years A.D 500-1789. Following on from Grade Six students will examine how ancient civilizations developed throughout this period.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Understand how regions became economically interdependent and see that through mercantilism came an exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies and commodities.

Learn about the resultant growth of Enlightenment philosophy and how intellectuals of this movement felt themselves to be part of a great movement representing the highest aspirations and possibilities of mankind.

Students will learn that it was a time of great moral, scientific and political change.

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Grade 7 - Mathematics


In Math 7, instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. In addition to these three critical areas, students’ will strive to apply the following mathematical practices.

Course Overview

The Number System

Expressions and Equations

Functions

Geometry

Statistics and Probability

Areas of Monitored Progress

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Model with mathematics.

Use appropriate tools strategically.

Attend to precision.

Look for and make use of structures.

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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Grade 7 - Language Arts


Our secondary language arts program consists of a challenging and unique curriculum, which integrates both the College and Career Readiness Standards as well as the Common Core State Standards. Created by College Board and based on the 'Understanding by Design' model, the program is vertically aligned from grades 6-9 so that all students benefit from coherence, rigor, and a consistent culture of high standards.

Throughout the year, a wide variety of proven teaching and learning strategies, relevant and increasingly complex content, and innovative methods that engage students on multiple levels of learning and understanding are implemented. Our utilization of the 'Understanding by Design' template creates a culture of authentic, performance-based assessments, which are organized around tasks and questions that guide critical thinking and analysis.

At Berkeley, our curriculum is complemented by a vibrant culture of literacy. Through our independent reading incentive program, students cultivate an intrinsic love of reading. As a community of readers, the staff and students inspire one another to enjoy reading for pleasure and personal growth!

Course Overview

Academic Vocabulary: terms defined and analyzed in context

Key Ideas and Details: text-dependent questions guide interactions with the text

Language and Writer’s Craft: language and grammar instruction connected to in-context writing

Writing Prompts: text-related assignments in argumentative, informative, and narrative modes

Textual evidence: opportunities to use evidence in written responses and oral discussions

Variety of texts: a balanced selection of engaging nonfiction, literature, and nonprint texts

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Grade 8 - Physical Science


Eighth Grade Science seeks to use science to help students explore their world. There is a special emphasis on interpreting data and using math. The focus for this class is physical science, which includes both chemistry and physics. For chemistry, students start to classify matter, learn about the progression of the atom, and how to use the periodic table, as well as bonding and chemical reactions. Furthermore, students in the physics section learn about motion and forces applying labs and math to help them. Highlights of the year include the egg drop lab, car safety features presentations, and separating mixtures.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Create and explain a system to keep an egg intact after falling a distance.

Create a presentation about one past model of the atom and compare it to others.

Separate the given mixture into 4 parts and explain how they are separated.

Give a presentation about 3 car safety features and the physics that explain them.

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Grade 8 - Cultural Geography


In this course students will study historical, cultural and religious developments in various parts of the world. They will learn about basic concerns of different regions as well as those concerns that are common to all human beings. Studying changes both within and between cultures, students will gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Develop skills in identifying cause and effect relationships, as they study how humankind interacts with the world.

Consistent focus on essential questions and enduring understandings will help students make connections between different times and places.

Explore cultural and socio-economic issues using the tools of geography and history.

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Grade 8 - Mathematics


In Algebra 1, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships; (2) contrast linear and exponential relationships with each other and engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions; (3) extend the laws of exponents to square and cube roots; and (4) apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. In addition to these four critical areas, students’ will strive to apply the following mathematical practices.

Course Overview

Number and Quantity

Algebra

Functions

Statistics and Probability

Areas of Monitored Progress

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Model with mathematics.

Use appropriate tools strategically.

Attend to precision.

Look for and make use of structures.

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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Grade 8 - Language Arts


Our secondary language arts program consists of a challenging and unique curriculum, which integrates both the College and Career Readiness Standards as well as the Common Core State Standards. Created by College Board and based on the 'Understanding by Design' model, the program is vertically aligned from grades 6-9 so that all students benefit from coherence, rigor, and a consistent culture of high standards.

Throughout the year, a wide variety of proven teaching and learning strategies, relevant and increasingly complex content, and innovative methods that engage students on multiple levels of learning and understanding are implemented. Our utilization of the 'Understanding by Design' template creates a culture of authentic, performance-based assessments, which are organized around tasks and questions that guide critical thinking and analysis.

At Berkeley, our curriculum is complemented by a vibrant culture of literacy. Through our independent reading incentive program, students cultivate an intrinsic love of reading. As a community of readers, the staff and students inspire one another to enjoy reading for pleasure and personal growth!

Course Overview

Academic Vocabulary: terms defined and analyzed in context

Key Ideas and Details: text-dependent questions guide interactions with the text

Language and Writer’s Craft: language and grammar instruction connected to in-context writing

Writing Prompts: text-related assignments in argumentative, informative, and narrative modes

Textual evidence: opportunities to use evidence in written responses and oral discussions

Variety of texts: a balanced selection of engaging nonfiction, literature, and nonprint texts

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Grade 9 - Integrated Science


Ninth Grade seeks to further students’ use of scientific processes as well as connect to the world around them. This class is an integrated class that has chemistry, physics, and biology throughout the year. The students will study the atom, bonding, chemical changes and equations for chemistry. In physics, students will learn about wave, light and sight, and electricity. For biology they will focus on human body systems and interactions. Highlights of the year include making a telescope, chemical explosions, electrical wiring, Van deGraff generator, and health presentations.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Students will wire a cardboard house correctly and explain what is happening.

Create a telescope using two lenses that works.

Create a presentation and pamphlet explaining a disease and how it affects an individual.

Determine the type of reaction and state the equation of the reaction.

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Grade 9 - Social Science


While historical events are unique, they are often driven by similar, repeated forces. In the history of our world, this course pays special attention to eight significant and recurring themes. These themes are presented to show that from America, to Africa, to Asia, people are more alike than they realize. Throughout history humans have confronted similar obstacles, have struggled to achieve similar goals and have continually strived to better themselves and the world around them.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Understand how power and authority has affected historical events.

Explore how humans around the world have been guided by religious and ethical beliefs.

Recognize how continuous overthrow of governments, institutions and even ideas throughout history have shaped the world today.

Understand how our continuous interaction with the environment has shaped the world today.

To know how economics has shaped societies throughout the ages.

Discover how cultures have interacted in the past and how it has affected how they interact today.

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Grade 9 - Mathematics


In high school Geometry, instructional time will focus on six critical areas: (1) establish criteria for congruence of triangles based on rigid motions; (2) establish criteria for similarity of triangles based on dilations and proportional reasoning; (3) informally develop explanations of circumference, area, and volume formulas; (4) apply the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane; (5) prove basic geometric theorems; and (6) extend work with probability. In addition to these six critical areas, students’ will strive to apply the following mathematical practices.

Course Overview

Congruence

Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry

Circles

Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations

Geometric Measurement and Dimension

Modeling with Geometry

Statistics and Probability

Areas of Monitored Progress

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Model with mathematics.

Use appropriate tools strategically.

Attend to precision.

Look for and make use of structures.

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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Grade 9 - 21st Century Literacy


21st Century Literacy focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to be literate in today’s technological fast moving world using the American Common Core Standards. Through reading, writing, and researching, students will develop the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms.

The course will begin with an introduction into current events. The world is the textbook for this class. We will spend time reading and discussing the state of the world. Through this, students will explore and investigate real-world problems, utilizing varied sources including, online, newspapers, magazines, journals, and expert interviews (via e-mail, telephone, and personal meetings) to develop thorough understandings of given topics. Following, students will develop the skills needed to organize and synthesize, and present the information in multiple ways.

The course culminates in the semester-long project in which students select an issue facing Thailand to investigate and research. Students will utilize all of the skills developed earlier to communicate findings through a persuasive report, a paper describing ways of affecting the issue, and a final oral presentation.

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Information Technology


The Information Technology (IT) program provides opportunities for students to further develop digital literacy skills through the use of technology. IT plays an important role for every 21st century learner, encouraging students to develop the technology and innovation skills necessary to prepare them for today’s media-driven world.

Information Technology classes are offered as Middle School Electives for students from Grades 6 to 8. These electives are open to all students interested in exploring technology, while enhancing their creativity and communication skills. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of digital media tools and software, while collaborating with peers.

Areas of Monitored Progress

Creativity and Innovation

Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Communication and Collaboration (ESLR Effective Communication)

Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and continue to the learning of others.

Research and Information Fluency

Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making (ESLR Independent Learner)

Use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Digital Citizenship (ESLR Global Citizen)

Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

Technology Operations and Concepts

Demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations.

Electives

Semester 1 - Digital Media

Throughout this course students will use technology to enhance creativity and communication through a variety of digital media tools. Students will use digital storytelling to convey information in a factual report, to tell a personal narrative, and create a fictional story. Students will work on creating their own stories using images, music, narrative and animation. Students will also work to enhance their presentation skills through exploring, learning, and practicing the use of a variety of presentation platforms. Through Digital Media students will improve their technology skills, grow as effective communicators, enhance their literacy levels and explore a variety of text formats and new literacies.

Semester 2 - Publication and Media Design

Throughout this course students will learn how to effectively communicate through visual means using technology. They will develop an understanding of layout and color, and use words, symbols and images to create material in class. This class is designed for students who want to work towards designing, creating and publishing the Berkeley Yearbook. The class will work to help create a photo-journalistic yearbook for the entire school from Kinder to Grade 9. Students will be responsible for some photo shoots and article write-ups throughout the semester. Publications will be shared with peers and the Berkeley Community. Students will also study and analyze the work of peers and selected designers.

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Visual Art


In Visual Art, students explore ways of communicating ideas using visual media. Drawing, painting, and sculpture are the primary media used, however some digital, printmaking, and photographic techniques are also included.

This is a comprehensive course where students will also learn about the history of art, explore concepts of aesthetics and art criticism, and learn art and design vocabulary. There is an emphasis on using the design process to develop and improve ideas which will primarily be done using student sketchbooks.

The units are structured around the elements of design: line, shape, form, color, space, and texture; and the principles of design: balance, proportion, unity, pattern, emphasis, rhythm, and contrast. In Middle School Visual art, there is an additional focus on modern and contemporary art and also mixed-media techniques.

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Mandarin


Mandarin equips students to participate more actively in the global community and to be more adaptable in an ever-changing world. The aim of the Berkeley Mandarin Program is to provide opportunities for students to acquire Mandarin language skills, as well as gain knowledge of the Chinese culture. Grade 6 through 9 students attend 90 minutes classes every other day.

The Mandarin courses cover listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will gain an understanding of China, the richness of the Chinese culture, as well as gain an appreciation for the most widely spoken language in the world, Mandarin.

The Berkeley Mandarin program places a differentiated focus on the broad areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture. We start Mandarin with Pinyin, also known as Chinese phonetics. Students then move on to listening and speaking skills. Reading and writing pinyin and the Mandarin characters gradually introduced once students develop a basic foundation.

This course presents a vivid study of Chinese language and encourages an interest in and enthusiasm for Chinese language, Chinese-speaking people, their countries and their culture.

The emphasis on the four language skill areas combined with increased focus on expressing personal opinion and reading & writing. Students are encouraged to acquire enough knowledge in the four basic skill areas as they develop competency and fluency in Chinese.

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Physical Education


Middle School

The Middle School focus includes a broad range of movement activities employed through four movement themes which include court and field, fitness, leadership and rhythmic activities. In each theme, students are given opportunities to participate in movement activities, experiment with movement techniques, learn rules/strategies, help others and participate in demonstrations or activities. In Middle School swimming students will fine tune each stroke build endurance and prepare for competitive swimming.

High School

The High School program includes a broad range of movement activities employed through three movement themes which include individual/partner, rhythmic and leadership/cooperative game activities. In each theme, students are given opportunities to participate in movement activities, experiment with movement techniques, learn rules/strategies, help others and participate in demonstrations or activities. High School swimming will focus on first aid and safety as well as prepare the students for competitive swimming.

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Music


All middle school students at Berkeley learn about music through our orchestral string programme. The skills and knowledge developed in this programme will help students to become lifelong musicians as well as being highly transferrable to other areas of life.

We currently have two ensembles, Andante Strings for students new to playing a string instrument and Allegro Strings for our more advanced students. Membership of the ensembles is determined by experience/ability rather than school grade/age.

Practical work will is supported by contextual studies exploring music history and theory in greater depth. Each semester will focus on a different period in music history from the Renaissance through to more contemporary music styles. There will be at least one public performance each semester for both string groups and all students are required to take part as it forms part of the course assessment. The remainder of the assessment is formed of on-going teacher assessment of class work, research project, oral presentation and written self and peer evaluations.

Electives

Andante Strings

Andante Strings offers Berkeley students the opportunity to learn the basic musical and technical skills required to play violin, viola, cello or double bass. Students learn how to read standard music notation, produce a good tone, perform expressively and how to balance their part within an ensemble.

Students are loaned their instruments from Berkeley and are expected to practice for at least 15 minutes every other day in order to make expected progress. Students are expected to own personal copies of the Essential Elements 2000 for Strings Book 1 that can be purchased through the school.

Allegro Strings

Allegro strings is for students who already have some experience of string playing and the course follows Essential Elements 2000 for Strings Book 2. Students will further develop their knowledge of performance, improvisation music theory and historical context building on the foundations form earlier grades. As with the Andante Strings group, students can be loaned instruments by the school if required.

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Middle and High School Thai


Overview

Thai Language and Culture is a Government requirement subject which is offered to all students at Berkeley International School to help them learn and appreciate the culture and language of the host country. The Thai Language and Culture program develops the subject through the areas of speaking and listening, reading, writing, language usage and the knowledge of Thai culture and society.

Thai for Native Speakers

All middle school students are required to take Thai Language and Culture class; we offer two programs, one for mother tongue students (Thai speaking students) and one for foreign tongue students (Non–Thai speaking students). The program is based upon the guidelines of the Thai Ministry of Education Curriculum for middle school. The curriculum for Thai speaking students combines Thai literature, Thai culture, Thai History and Thai morals.

Thai for Non-Native Speakers

All middle and high school students are required to take Thai Language and Culture class; we offer two programs, one for mother tongue students (Thai speaking students) and one for foreign tongue students (Non–Thai speaking students). The program is based upon the guidelines of the Thai Ministry of Education Curriculum for middle school. The lessons for Non-Thai speaking students focus on communicating in basic Thai and learning about Thai culture and tradition in order to live effectively in Thai society and enable them to better understand their host country and to gain a diverse cultural view.