The TASIS Program of Studies is Distinctive.
Singapore Math and coding lay the foundation for mathematics. Next Generation Science Standards ensure that technical and engineering approaches are utilized, so that students understand how “real science” works. A research-based approach to language arts is delivered via the timeless Core Knowledge curriculum. Together, these elements provide unparalleled academic preparation for a rigorous high school program, including the International Baccalaureate. Students’ learning outcomes are measured and tracked with respected external assessments—the Cambridge Primary Progression tests and Primary Checkpoint assessments.
Research on Teaching & Learning
In his research on what contributes to the most significant gains in student learning, educational researcher and professor John Hattie's 2009 meta-study, Visible Learning, found that direct teacher instruction and high expectations were the most powerful influencers on student achievement. Our teachers and our program are designed to maximize student learning.
At TASIS Portugal, teachers utilize our content-rich and sequential curriculum to set learning intentions and success criteria, which are clearly communicated to students. Exemplars, or models, are used to demonstrate expectations. Teachers use formative assessment methods to monitor student learning and provide feedback. We believe that teachers should use their professional training to decide how to best reach every child, and provide them with a complete and comprehensive curriculum to which they adhere.
Early Literacy = Key to Success
TASIS Portugal believes that early literacy ensures future academic success. Acclaimed researchers E.D. Hirsch, Jean Chall, Diane Ravitch, and many others conclude that a student’s reading level in third grade will dictate their academic achievement in high school. Our Core Knowledge curricular approach ensures high levels of literacy in reading, writing, and speaking. The same can be said for our Singapore Math approach to learning mathematics. Singapore Math has been established as the best mathematics preparation program, based on international test results (PISA and TIMSS).
TASIS Portugal administers the Cambridge system of third-party assessments and uses these measures of student achievement to inform parents of their children’s progress, assess the effectiveness of its teachers, and craft Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) for each student.