The SABIS® Approach

Studying at ISC-Lahore

The SABIS® Approach

SABIS® schools follow the SABIS® Educational System™ — an approach to education which has been tried and tested over 130 years.

The SABIS® system is based on a well-structured curriculum, frequent testing to make sure that students are actually learning, and continuous follow-up and support.

Teachers in all SABIS® schools deliver their lessons using the SABIS Point System® of instruction – a proven instructional method that keeps students engaged and learning efficiently.

 

Teaching and Learning

Students at ISC-Lahore learn through the SABIS Point System®. During every class, our teachers present one concept, or “point”, at a time and then ask the class to demonstrate their understanding of the concept through the completion of a written exercise. 

Next, moving from teacher-led instruction, students engages as a community of learners, checking each other’s work in small groups.  One student in each group is designated as a subject prefect to coordinate the group. The subject prefect oversees his/her own micro-community of learners, managing questions and offering further explanations (or looking to other group members to do so), when needed. An identified group leader also works in close coordination with the teacher, asking for support and keeping students on task until everyone in the group has shown mastery. Once the entire class has demonstrated mastery of the point, teacher-led instruction resumes and the learning cycle continues.

We find that this combination of whole-class teaching and group and individual work is very effective in helping students learn and achieve their full potential.

Frequent Testing

The instructional process at ISC-Lahore is supported by regularly scheduled assessments that measure student progress and help identify areas for review.

Frequent testing allows us to monitor our students’ performance and pinpoint gaps that need to be filled to secure a solid foundation on which to build further knowledge.

• Testing trains students to sustain mental effort for long periods of time: a training that is essential for future success.

• Testing also reinforces knowledge and prepares students successfully to face and tackle difficult situations under pressure.

Continuous Assessment Tests (CAT)

Grades 1 to 4: A CAT is taken in each subject twice a term. This series of tests is administered over a period of one week. CATs help to monitor student learning and allow academic gaps to be identified and taken care of.

SABIS Academic Monitoring System® Tests (SABIS® AMS)

Grades 3 to 11: These are multiple-choice and computer-correctable examinations. They test the simplest units of information in the course. They are administered on a weekly basis, are designed to detect gaps in individual student knowledge, and allow follow-up to be timely and student-specific. Beginning in Level E with just mathematics, students take multiple choice tests every week. In Level F, they add on English every week. From Grade 8 upwards, science is added to the weekly tests. Other subjects are added as of Grade 10.

A PrepList is generated by the SABIS® AMS which highlights each student’s specific areas of weakness. Every student has to cover all the contents of PrepList to move forward.

Periodic Exams

Grades 5 to 12: These are written and/or multiple choice exams, taken on a weekly basis, according to set schedules. These may also include some objective questions. Students take two to four periodic exams a term in each of their subjects.

 

Follow-Up and Support

Students who fall behind in their work are advised, motivated, helped, and coached until they catch up. As long as they manage their own time successfully, students' time is theirs, otherwise help is given.

Special Academic Support

The criterion for acceptance into the school is the willingness to put in the effort to achieve full potential, not high 'innate' ability. Placement into classes is determined by academic attainment, with age acting as a limiting factor. Students applying to enter Grade 1 and above must take diagnostic tests to determine placement.

Students who are found to be behind academically are rarely refused. Instead, they are offered extra classes (subject to availability) to bring them up to the required level.

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