The Bay Islands International School's guiding principles for the Common Core Standards are to:
By implementing Common Core Standards in our curriculum, we can collaborate with other schools in the United States so that there is sharing of resources and expertise in the development of new classroom materials, curriculum, teacher professional development and student exams based on best practices.
- Prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school.
- Ensure students are globally competitive by exposing them to educational standards that are used throughout the world.
- Improve equity and economic opportunity for all students by having consistent expectations for achievement for all students.
- Clarify so that parents, teachers and students understand what is expected of them.
The curriculum for every grade level at the school is developed using the Common Core Standards as a guideline.
Curriculum standards allow us to set clear expectations for teachers, student, parents, and the community concerning what we are going to include in our education delivery. These expectations are set at each grade level and include the areas of mathematics, English language arts, social studies, science, and technical subjects. This allows us a common platform for communication concerning student success as well as areas that need more attention. With the application of standards as guidelines, we are better able to access student's learning progress as a comparison to the norms at each grade level. Following the guidelines of the standards we are also able to address problem areas more effectively and craft plans for remediation that better fit the individual as well as the school community. In the Bay Islands International School our lesson planning is not locked to standards, but uses the standards as a roadmap, guiding our learners to enhanced levels of opportunity.