The ELA curriculum at AISL is designed to improve students’ written and spoken English as well as higher order thinking skills. This is done through a literature based inquiry learning program. Students will read and use developmentally appropriate books and other reading material to answer ‘big questions’ through a diverse series of self-directed projects. This approach emphasizes reflection and iteration. Students are expected to correct mistakes or omissions in their work, and turn in the improved assignment in order to receive a better score.
As children make the transition into young adulthood, there are certain skills that must be acquired to ready them for the independence and responsibilities that await. These skills are often referred to as grit or determination. What these mean in real terms is the ability to tackle difficult tasks without becoming discouraged, to improve through reflection, and to make each successive attempt better than the last. This curriculum emphasizes these life skills by giving students autonomy and asks them to take ownership of their own education. By giving them a safe and controlled environment in which to learn not just content, but how to make decisions for themselves, we give them the opportunity to practice the skills necessary for adult life.