Spanning grades 1-5, the Lower Division represents a time of extraordinary growth. In these years, students cultivate independent study skills and deepen their understanding of what it means to be a member of a community, through a curriculum that emphasizes:
Language immersion in Mandarin or Spanish
Inquiry-oriented learning, from the self to the world
Interdisciplinary study and creativity-boosting projects
From learning to read, to reading to learn—in two languages
Lower Division students spend 50% of their time learning in English and 50% learning in a second language: one day in English, one day in Mandarin or Spanish. Building on the foundation of early language they acquired in the ELC, students engage deeply in academic content in both English and their immersion language. Students build fluency as they progress through—rather than repeat—academic material while switching daily between languages.
A global curriculum for a world school
What do Avenues students learn? The Avenues World Elements table is our answer to that question. Designed by our research and development team, the Avenues World Elements is a global curricular system that defines the learning outcomes of Avenues students at all grade levels, at all our campuses.
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