KCISEC follows the American Curriculum, Common Core Standards, for both English and Math. Our Science Department has begun to implement the Next Generation Science Standards. Our Social Studies department has adopted the UCLA History Standards.
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts are the culmination of an extended broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K-12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school. As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Indeed, the skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have a wide applicability outside the classroom and workplace. Students who meet the standards readily undertake complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship. In short, students who meet the standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.
Based on the Common Core State Standards, the math course reflects the importance of focus, coherence, and rigor as the guiding principles for mathematics instruction and learning. The standards call for learning mathematical content in the context of real-world situations, using mathematics to solve problems, and developing "habits of mind" that foster mastery of mathematics content as well as mathematical understanding. The standards for higher mathematics reflect the knowledge and skills that are necessary to prepare students for college and careers and productive citizenship. Overall, the standards demonstrate a commitment to providing a world-class education for all students that supports college and career readiness and the knowledge and skills necessary to fully participate in the twenty-first-century global economy.
SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES
The tenets for historical literacy in Common Core require students to: determine and evaluate the key ideas and concepts from a text; to comprehend how historical context can affect the assessment of a source; to assess arguments and criticize claims by drawing on relevant information; and to reach a reading and comprehension proficiency of historical texts.
The Historical Thinking Standards align with the Common Core, but also detail how to develop not only historical literacy but also historical thinking and understanding. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources. Historians typically do the following: Gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books, and artifacts." Historical thinking skills are an essential tool for learning historical content. By cultivating historical thinking skills, students can thoughtfully examine the historical record upon which any historical narrative is based, assessing the validity and point of view of those narratives. Historical thinking also involves research skills. Students should learn to look for historical evidence, analyze historical records, and construct a research-based narrative. Each of the history content standards (U.S. Standards and World Standards) links back to the Historical Thinking Standards.
World Cultures: http://nationalgeographic.org/standards/national-geography-standards/
World History: http://www.nchs.ucla.edu/history-standards/world-history-content-standards
U.S. History: http://www.nchs.ucla.edu/history-standards/us-history-content-standards
THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF SCIENCE LEARNING
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
When these concepts, such as "cause and effect", are made explicit for students, they can help students develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES
Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better explain and extend what is meant by "inquiry" in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concepts.
DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas build on each other as students progress through grade levels and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
The Chinese Program is communication-oriented and proficiency-based. We believe that language, including grammar and vocabulary, must be learned in context with the target language used whenever possible. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as critical thinking, must be continually developed in a student-centered classroom. Authentic materials and situations should be used as often as possible. Language learning strategies must be taught, and risk-taking by students encouraged so language learners have the tools with which to handle unfamiliar materials. Furthermore, we believe that an awareness of the Chinese culture must also continually grow and that authentic culture must be embedded in the instruction. Both Mandarin learning and assessment should focus on successful communication. Finally, we believe that learning a language should be fun as well as meaningful and that the student should feel successful while learning.
The Physical Education and Health Department is dedicated to the belief that personal well-being is based on the development of physical, mental, emotional, and social health. To meet this goal, the structure of the PE & Health course is dedicated to enhancing these areas and developing a healthy lifestyle. The students will work towards developing intrinsic motivation that fosters a healthy lifestyle. The interaction of classroom work and active participation will give the students a connection between theory and application.
The elective's department has continued to expand at Kang Chiao. Many new courses have been added to our course catalog over the last two years and will continue to expand. Students are able to select from many different elective courses in social studies, English, computer science, art, music, foreign languages, and theater arts.
AP AND HONOR COURSES
Students in grades 9-12 may be chosen for honor courses in English, math, science, and social studies. Faculty will nominate students to participate in these classes. Honor courses are more rigorous and demanding than regular courses. The College Board's Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that students can take while still in high school. They offer challenging course work and a taste of what college classes are like. Advanced Placement Courses will be offered to students in grades 11 and 12 and who have demonstrated high academic achievement. Students may be chosen to participate in AP classes in one or more of the following: science, math, English, or social studies. College credit may be obtained by some universities by receiving a score of 3 or higher.
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