Teaching and Learning
The Office of Teaching and Learning is an interdivisional group that collaborates with teachers to ensure we are meeting ISP’s academic excellence goal: “to deliver a holistic learning experience to every student in every grade, every day, that has a foundation in a constructivist approach such that students will grapple with ideas, problems and questions to experience real and meaningful learning, masterfully facilitated by ISP staff.”
Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) integration, math coaching and enrichment, and devoted curriculum planners at both the elementary and secondary levels, the Office of Teaching and Learning supports purposeful, balanced, and connected teaching and learning across the school.
The International School of Panama sets a high academic standard. A challenging curriculum and highly qualified teachers have made ISP a leading school in the region. Our curriculum is designed to meet the educational program needs of both the expatriate and host-country communities and residents in Panama. The language of instruction is English, and students who do not speak English as their first language receive additional support through our Department of Student Services.
What We Teach
The elementary curriculum stresses skill development and is based on rigorous international standards. The middle school program is designed to refine these skills in the context of increasingly sophisticated content, while catering to the developmental needs of pre-adolescents. The ISP High School offers a highly academic college preparatory program leading to an International Baccalaureate diploma, U.S. high school diploma, and/or Panamanian diploma.
Our curriculum standards are developed by our own faculty subject area teams based upon the best research and practices from around the world. We thoroughly review each subject area on a five-year cycle, and the review process allows for enhancements and adaptations to be made throughout the cycle. ISP subject area teachers and specialists work collaboratively to design units and assessments.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme "aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge - students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically."
The IB course of study is the signature and culminating piece of ISP’s educational program. More than half of our high school students pursue the IB Diploma - a demanding course of study including six subjects studied for two full years: the Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS - Creativity, Action, and Service. It takes a great deal of hard work to earn the IB diploma, and it is a tremendous achievement when completed.
Department of Student Services
Our mission is to ensure that all students reach their full potential and are successful in the classroom. Our English Additional Language program helps students develop English language skills enabling them to become successful learners and positive contributors to the wider community in which they live. Our Learning Support program offers individualized support to students with specific learning needs. Our Gifted and Talented program offers enrichment to advanced learners. These programs are designed to support students such that they fully integrate into our community.
ISP is a leading international school, inspiring our students to be conscientious inquiries and empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and make a positive contribution as global citizens. We are committed to educating and inspiring our students to reach their full potential and contribute to the world by providing an exemplary English language education enriched by our multicultural community.
With this vision and mission in mind, ISP has created the Department of Student Services as a school-wide entity to support struggling and advanced learners. This department provides the following services:
- English as an Additional Language Services
- Learning Support Services
- Talent Development Program
The Department of Student Services offers teachers that are specialists in empowering learners to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to access the regular curriculum. These teachers:
- communicate with parents, teachers, students, and other individuals involved in the students’ learning.
- identify differentiation and scaffolding strategies that address learning needs.
- use assessment and performance data to inform instruction.
- develop individualized learning plans for students’ specific learning needs.
- provide a safe and comfortable environment for all students.
- apply for accommodations with standardized assessment entities.
These actions are used in an inclusive model that works to ensure all students have access to the regular curriculum. Support services may include:
- in class support.
- small group or individual instruction outside of the regular class.
- monitoring academic, behavioral, or language acquisition progress.
- consulting with classroom teachers for accommodations or modifications that support student needs.