Curriculum

Scandi-Harvard Program

 

Philosophy

Our Scandi-Harvard curriculum strives for the perfect balance between Swedish and Harvard educational principles.

Swedish educational principles means that we focus on each individual student. We know that education is not one-size-fits-all, and that each student has their own strengths that we can build on, and weaknesses that we need to focus individual attention on. With our small class sizes and large classroom size, our students do not have to sit still for long periods of time, they are constantly up and moving around, participating in activities and having fun! We create a warm and friendly environment where students are excited about discussing ideas in class and being creative and original.

Harvard educational principles means that students will get the kind of classical early education that puts them on the path to Harvard, or other prestigious schools. We offer classes for students of all levels of English ability, from beginners through fluent speakers, so our style and lesson plans vary between classes. But creative thinking, problem solving, and an incredible amount of public speaking and communication are at the heart of our curriculum. Our Harvard-style methods develop independent learning skills on the foundation of language, logic, and tangible fact. Our students draw original, creative, and accurate conclusions from facts and then formulate those conclusions into logical and persuasive arguments.

 

Curriculum

Our primary goal is to improve our students’ English capabilities, with a special focus on public speaking and creative writing. Our lessons include activities like role-playing and improv, free conversation and discussion, experiments, and active, physical games. Students will be acquiring advanced English skills, but the biggest improvement will come in their ability to actually use English. They become confident in their abilities and comfortable using their English in our friendly, fun classroom setting.

Sample Videos From Our Classes

These are just a few examples of the activities and presentations that we do in class. We have tried to select from a range of ages and levels to give you a more complete picture of our students and our school.

Kindergarten

Victoria’s GEA Diary

Gyuyoung’s GEA Diary

Debate: Should dogs be allowed in apartments? 

1st Grade

Mock Trial – Chloe questions the witness, Rachel, in The Case of the Missing Puppy.

Debate - a class of G1 students debate whether animals should be kept in zoos

2nd Grade

This negotiation exercise with some of our First and Second Graders is a great demonstration of what GEA is all about! The students were divided into three teams and given a paragraph that they had to read and understand in order to separate out their ‘haves,’ ‘wants,’ and ‘needs.’ Each team had a different list, so their next task was a quasi-competition to negotiate with each other and make trades in order to fulfill their ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ using what they had to trade.

Yuni wrote a wonderful speech about being kind to each other.

“Should vendors be allowed at school?”

Lyn’s GEA Diary

3rd Grade

Amy’s GEA Diary

4th Grade

Junho’s GEA Diary

Mock Trial – Isabel gives her closing arguments in the case of The State vs. Romeo

5th Grade

Cecelia’s speech about bullying

 

  • Improving Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

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