One of the multiple meanings of the term “curriculum” refers to “road/route”. The essence of the Avenor College curricular and co-curricular route consists of reconfiguring the National Romanian Curriculum by focusing education on the student. Adaptation of teaching to individual learning needs involves the use of complementary educational strategies along with varied and interactive teaching materials.
Thus, education at Avenor College is founded on a skill-based curriculum, where teaching and assessment by means of project based learning (PBL) create real opportunities of progress through a series of direct and indirect learning experiences in formal or informal contexts.
In middle school classes, the requirements of the Romanian National Curriculum - standards, reference objectives and competences -, as well as learning contents and evaluation forms are followed. Equally, teachers are prepared to use teaching methods and teaching principles specific to international education to tailor the resources, contents and methods of teaching / assessment to the individual learning needs of students according to Cambridge's curriculum and educational resources.
In Grades 7th and 8th, a personalised school orientation programme is outlined. Students have the option of studying Mathematics, English and Science in the Cambridge system and sitting the Cambridge Checkpoint exam for these subjects, or studying Mathematics and Romanian language in the national system and sitting the National Evaluation Exam. Approaching learning from the Cambridge perspective helps students to communicate efficiently and convincingly, develop critical and creative thinking skills, as well as the capacity to apply information from various communication sources/environments to concrete, authentic situations.
Drama and PSHE (personal, social and health education) classes are examples of the special attention given to the value of individual potential, beyond that of age.
Self-study hours in the classroom and at home function as an intellectual discipline designed to reveal various skills, such as the habit of studying, of collecting information, of deepening the understanding of material studied in the classroom, but also to stimulate initiative, independence and responsibility of students.
The cross-curricular approach requires the overcoming of certain borders and the elimination of rigid frames, in order to explain the phenomena in a deeper way; thus achieving a coordination of various points of view, instead of the predominance of one of them.
The student planner is an innovative work tool that reinforces the meaning given to activities by means of which students “learn to learn”.
Regular individual consultations with parents, biannual Morning Coffee meetings as well as Feedback Days and Open Days events aim at strengthening the constructive communication channel about the educational pathway of the students.
For details on the curriculum for each learning stage at Avenor College, please access the Curriculum Policy.