About Lower Secondary School
Positive Learning Environment
New students at ISR adjust easily because we create a warm, friendly and helpful environment. A positive learning environment helps engage each student and makes learning fun!
At ISR, teachers and staff use creative ways to acknowledge and reward good grades, responsible behavior and achievement that lay the foundation for us to realize our vision of “Enabling great minds and strong characters.”
Homework is given daily. No homework is allowed to be due on the day of a periodic exam as it is intended that students will be using the day before periodic exams to study for those subjects. Homework can oftentimes be finished in class or in a study period. Homework should be written daily in the homework journal with the due date noted and then checked off when completed.
AMS (Academic Monitoring System)
The AMS is simply a short, weekly quiz that monitors students learning in English and mathematics.
The tests are objective (multiple choice format), criterion-referenced, computer-marked tests that are administered on a weekly basis and cover material taught the previous week. They are designed to check students learning, mastery and long-term retention of essential concepts. This allows teachers to locate learning gaps quickly instead of having unpleasant surprises at the end of the term.
There are two AMS exams per week, one in English and one in maths on different days. The AMS exams are taken on the integrated testing and learning computers in the exam hall.
Students receive an AMS concept sheet at the beginning of every term, indicating which subject concepts will be assessed and when, and is intended to be used for preparing for the weekly AMS.
In grade 7, term 1 “Writing” is introduced as an AMS assessment. “Writing” teaches the students the different styles of writing, such as compare and contrast analysis.
Periodic exams are weekly tests starting in grade 5. There are two periodic exams per week on one day.
Students receive a periodic time-table at the beginning of each term. They also receive concept sheets one week before the exams, indicating which subject concepts will be assessed and is intended to be used for preparing for the weekly periodic exams. Some exams consist of two parts: a written part and a multiple choice part.
Term exams are given at the end of term 1 and term 2 in all subjects to all students to determine mastery of concepts taught over a full term. Students are provided with revision lists to prepare for term exams and the teachers review the material for each subject during the revision period 1–2 weeks before the exams.
The end-of-year final exams (at the end of term 3) measure student achievement over the course of the entire academic year. Students are provided with revision lists to prepare for term exams and final exams and the teachers review the material for each subject during the revision period 1–2 weeks before the exams.
A unique benefit that ISR offers its students is automatic academic support for those students who might at need extra tutoring in certain subjects. These academic support groups aim to be a positive experience for all students who attend.
Students in grades 1 to 4 have two study periods per week in their regular timetables. These periods are led by teachers with the assistance of SLO® Prefects. In the higher grades, students can sign up for a study period any day of the week (see the SLO® activity schedule).
Booster classes are offered when more than just a few students need extra help in a particular subject. Small groups meet during the SLO® periods and a subject teacher will review or reteach certain concepts to make sure all the students have the opportunity to understand and master the material.
Study Buddy Support
Study buddy support takes place after school for selected students in the core subjects of math, English and German. Students are assigned for a minimum of four weeks to a subject-specific study buddy group in consultation with the AQC if it is thought that additional academic support is required. Each study buddy group is led by a subject teacher.
Parents are informed by letter prior to a study buddy assignment so as to allow enough time to make special transportation arrangements for their children, if necessary.
Peer tutors assist students who need extra support and consolidation of work already covered in class. The subject teacher explains of the exact nature of the academic support the student needs to the peer tutor. Peer tutors are arranged through the AQC.
Communication with Parents
Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. However, parents may make an appointment to speak with any teacher at any time by contacting the AQC Ms. Rageb.
Report cards are issued three times a year at the end of each term. The report card includes the student’s numerical marks for each subject, attendance and behavior records, as well as an account of the student’s involvement in the SABIS Student Life Organization®. A report card is not a “Zeugnis” and should not be shared with third parties as it is not an official school document. The report card contains confidential student information such as absences and possible infractions. The official ISR “Zeugnis” is the ISR school transcript which is prepared for students upon request. In addition, the student progress overview report is available on SABIS® Digital Platform.
Student Life (SLO®) Activities
From grade 5 onwards the SLO® activities are no longer on a voluntary basis, but rather part of the students’ daily schedule.
For grades 5 and 6 the activities take place in period 9, the last period of the day, and for grades 7–9 in period 6. Students may apply for the position of SLO® Junior Prefect (grade 5 and above), SLO® Senior Prefect (grade 7 and above) and SLO® Deputy Head Prefect and SLO® Head Prefect (grade 9 and above).
All students have the opportunity and are encouraged to become an SLO® Prefect.
Their involvement in the SLO® activities prepares the students well for CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service projects) which is part of the IB Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12.
Transitioning to Upper Secondary School
At ISR, achievement is valued and acknowledged in many ways. In these ways, students, parents and teachers can all be proud of what we achieve together as a school and community!
- Award Ceremonies
- AR (Accelerated Reader) and Antolin (German) Reading Program awards
- Honor Roll
- Sport Competitions
- Art Exhibits
- Music Concerts
ISR holds many fun events during the year, such as the Halloween party, St. Martin, winter and summer music concerts, Family Fun Day, Open House, International Day, Spirit Days and much more.