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SABIS® Educational System

SABIS® Educational System has been developed, refined, and tested for over a century. This system was conceived to provide a truly international education that is geared toward the achievement of academic excellence. The resulting curriculum is comprehensive and dynamic, being updated as necessary to keep it relevant to the age, the international community, and the global environment.

Planning & Preparing

The formula in SABIS® Educational System is thorough preparation precedes teaching. Every course is researched, structured and described in terms of clearly stated objectives. A plan for every subject at every stage is prepared. Each plan is complete: it includes all of the points to be taught and the skills to be developed; it is detailed: each objective is precise and measurable; and it is paced: progress is charted against a timeline. The plan for each stage dovetails with that of the following stage, ensuring that nothing essential to further learning is omitted, and enabling a smooth and successful transition from one year to the next.

Teaching Methods

The whole class is taught together, using the SABIS® Point System™. The key concepts of a lesson are listed. Each of these is taught interactively, alternating oral work, individual written work, and group checking. Class time is utilized for building a solid foundation of knowledge through interacting, analyzing, forming and expressing opinions, and engaging in effective discussions. These discussions are based on critical thinking and logical reasoning.

The various teaching methods used and the pace set stimulate students by keeping them interested and channeling their enthusiasm. When in class, students learn actively: they do not simply listen to lengthy explanations or take dictated notes.

Testing & Monitoring

Continuous evaluation of student learning is an integral part of the instructional process in the SABIS® system. Frequent and regular testing is conducted in order to evaluate student learning and permit timely, positive intervention. Testing students in this way has a number of very important advantages:

  • Students are trained to perform well under pressure
  • Students develop the ability to focus and sustain concentration for increasingly long periods
  • The feedback from testing allows close monitoring and follow-up

The proprietary SABIS® Software Systems provide many programs that allow prompt, reliable assessment of student knowledge as well as effective follow-up. One such program, the SABIS® Academic Monitoring System™ (SABIS® AMS™), is used to assess student knowledge of every concept taught. The SABIS® AMS™ allows 'gaps' in student knowledge to be pinpointed as they form. Working as a team, teachers and students then focus on 'filling the gaps.' The SABIS® AMS™ allows the progress of every student to be continuously monitored, the problem areas to be identified, and the most appropriate solutions to be implemented.

Follow-Up

The progress of every student is continuously followed up, and students are given the support they need. All available means are used to help those who fall behind to catch up. They are advised on study techniques, motivated by the academic staff, and assisted by peer-tutors or teachers. In the SABIS® School Network, no one is left to his/her own devices.

SABIS Student Life Organization®

The schools in the SABIS® School Network firmly believe that education has the power to change the world. The SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®), a distinctive and integral part of the SABIS® Educational System, gives students the opportunity to develop "life" skills that empower them to make a difference.

The SLO® is the students' mini-society. Prefects who are selected - not elected - manage SLO®. All students are encouraged to join SLO® and take an active part in their education, both at the academic and non-academic levels. Working in cooperation with and complementing the efforts of the administrative and academic staff, SLO® prefects are valuable assets to their schools. They help to raise the general standard, promote high social and moral values, and encourage participation in a wide range of additional activities. Student Life Coordinators allocate "real-life" tasks to students, and advise and support them in all of their efforts.