Innovation Preparatory International Academy

Academics

Educational Excellence

Academics

At IPREP, our international curriculum encourages exploration, creativity and discovery, balanced with a strong focus in developing core skills in Literacy & Numeracy, which is critical to their academic success later on in their education for Preschool – Grade 8. The school’s curriculum is very demanding academically, and learners are expected to be collaborative, hardworking, self-disciplined, self-directed, open-minded and approach tasks with a sense of purpose and pride. In addition, excellent educator to learner ratios are purposefully maintained low (16 per class) in order to better provide individualized instruction and a unique level of attention and support as needed.

The goal of a blended curriculum is to create a learning environment which is engaging and motivating, encourages learners to think outside the box, seek out new ideas, and develop global competencies for active, informed citizenship. The Curriculum sets clear learning targets and focuses on developing and improving children’s skills in the core subjects of English Language Arts & Reading, Math, World Studies, and Science, combined with social, emotional and physical growth. Our curriculum incorporates both print and digital resources that meet international and national benchmarks. Interactive Science provides educators with all the necessary support and resources to produce high-quality science experiences with suggested strategies and guidance. Learners are exposed to numerous opportunities to explore real-life STEM issues through hands-on, investigative, and collaborative activities which promote higher-order critical-thinking skills. By doing so, learners learn more effectively and develop a better understanding of the material. Integrated school curriculum also offers learners the chance to develop skills that will make them future-ready.

Whilst most teaching time is given to English, Math, Reading, Science and introduction to Technology, ample time is given to Ethics, Economics, Geography, and History concepts and weekly motivational sessions to ensure a balance is maintained. This is attained by showing them how people, the economy, and government work to create a society and numerous health, fitness and physical activities, creative & performing arts, and other experiential learning opportunities to apply knowledge in a meaningful way.

Specific attention is given to developing strong reading and comprehension skills, with a concerted focus on phonics, spelling & vocabulary building in the early years. We guide our pupils to move beyond rote learning, with hands-on activities geared towards full understanding of concepts and development of their verbal and non-verbal skills. Our blended International and National curriculum provides excellent foundations for the next stage of education and an opportunity to learn, encompassing additional elements that we feel are essential to a good, all-round education that is relevant to our unique cultural context here in Liberia.

In the High School, the international curriculum is blended with the WASSCE Syllabus Stream – 4 years,
West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination /WASSCE (Arts & Science) is introduced in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The blended curriculum contains age-appropriate content for learners including the following:

  • School Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Media Literacy
  • Comprehensive
    Sexuality Education
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Drug Prevention
  • Mental and
    Emotional Health
  • Cyberbullying
  • Online Safety
  • Cell Phone Safety
  • Decision Making
  • Human
    Anatomy/Biology
    (Body Systems)
  • Responsible Thinking
  • Family Engagement

IPREP actively encourages learners to take responsibility for their learning and research beyond the curriculum to expand key skill development and ensure in-depth knowledge and understanding across subject areas. There is a strong emphasis on critical thinking, analysis, evaluation using evidence, application, presentation, design thinking & creativity.

Curriculum

Preparatory

Our Preschool and Preparatory program builds a foundation for a child’s future academic success by developing critical social, boosting confidence, motivating learners and engaging them through independent practice with technology.

The integration of hands-on activities plays an important role in ensuring our youngest learners build the executive function and social emotional skills needed for critical thinking, and physical development.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF OUR PREPARATORY 

SCIENCE  

Learners are introduced to science through hands-on interactive activities, songs, and characters, investigating and experimenting. Learning how to describe objects and sort them by their physical properties, and observe and investigate plants and animals.

TECHNOLOGY

Learners participate in a STREAM / Introduction to Technology class, covering basic skills (i.e., using applications; research skills and citation) and digital citizenship (online safety), as well as computer programming.

READING

Foundational literacy skills are offered through a range of instructional approaches to ensure every learner succeeds, by covering various visual and auditory skills, pictural vocabulary, phonics, sight words and stories. Weekly reading hands-on activities, which correlate with reader’s level to support higher levels of reading.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

To build a strong foundation in English Language Arts, learners participate in daily phonemic awareness, dialogic reading, and handwriting activities. learning to identify the subtle differences between each letter sound, and being challenged to develop an appreciation for literature and “critical thinking” through our reading readiness program. 

Group discussions and activities develop language, vocabulary, and analytical skills like making predictions and inferences. In addition to rhymes recitations, which strengthen the core mental skill of working memory, learners develop important writing skills.

ARTS

The main focus of Creative & Performing Arts is critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills. Learners have in-class art time where they are introduced to artistic tools, and media. In music class, learners learn about steady beat, melody, harmony, expressive movement, and musical memory, adding value to our indigenous music, dance and drama.

MATHS (NUMERACY)

Math concepts are incorporated throughout the day through formal instruction, hands-on activities, and play. Key numeracy skills such as counting, sorting, matching, and recognizing patterns are introduced as well as concepts related to addition, subtraction, simple division, symmetry, and size in the latter of the academic year. 

Lower School

Life After Preparatory 

After attending Preschool at IPREP, learners have direct admittance into our Lower school program with our continuous enrollment agreements, securing their place ahead of new applicants for the 1st grade class. 

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As part of our Core Value of Discipline, we recognize the interconnected relationship of all knowledge. Through our curriculum, we integrate hands-on STREAM activities to create an immersive experience that allows learners to be future-ready. With the addition of habit formation, our curriculum is designed to develop the whole child.

SCIENCE  

Beginning in First grade, the foundation is reinforced by scientific literacy and inquiry skills, classroom learning experiences where learners can discover and appreciate natural, Earth, life, and applied sciences, that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.

TECHNOLOGY

Learners participate in a STREAM / Introduction to Technology class, covering basic computer skills (i.e., using computer applications; research skills and citation) and digital citizenship (online safety), as well as programming - coding.

READING

Foundational literacy skills are strengthened through a range of instructional approaches to ensure every student succeeds, by covering various reading skills, phonics, and literature. Decoding written words and language comprehension in weekly reading oral and comprehension passages, which correlate with reader’s spelling curriculum are available for 1st through 6th grades. Focusing on informative/explanatory, argumentative/opinion, and narrative writing, and engage in reading through class read-aloud, workbooks and books of their own selection. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 

From Grades 1 to 6, a strong foundation in English Language Arts is built with a focus on phonemic awareness and phonics instruction, handwriting, and dialogic reading. Third to Sixth grade expands on ELA with lessons in grammar composition. Learners develop short paragraphs into stories, letters and essays, practice and present recitations, from short poems and historic speeches including drama. They also continue the practice of recitation and begin engaging in scored discussions and debates, as well as public speaking experiences.

ARTS

The main focus of Creative & Performing Arts is critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills. Learners have in-class art time where they are introduced to artistic tools, and media. In music class, learners learn about steady beat, melody, harmony, expressive movement, and musical memory, adding value to our indigenous music, dance and drama.

MATHEMATICS 

Starting in Grade 1, learners begin using Spectrum Math textbooks in their study of numbers and patterns. Relevant content in Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry concepts are incorporated into science and arts lessons, literature, and play. 

The Lower School uses Spectrum Math at a pace that advances learners through the curriculum so that learners are prepared to work at the next grade level by the end of the year. The program includes a multitude of resources that enable educators to customize learning, instruction, practice and assessments as well to meet each students individual needs.

Middle School
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After completing 6th grade, learners will move to our Middle School, to complete grades 7 through 9.

We strive to create an atmosphere that encourages discipline and educational excellence, critical thinking, as we prepare learners academically, socially for high school. The Middle School also uses Spectrum curriculum blended with the national curriculum at a pace that advances learners through the curriculum so that learners are prepared to work at the next grade level by the end of each year. Starting in Grade 9, learners begin using Aki-Ola Series textbooks to prepare for the Liberia Junior High School Examination (LJHSCE) and High School. Learners entering Middle School encounter new academic, subjects like literature, learning the principles of biology, chemistry, and physics in general science.

SCIENCE  

Beginning in First grade, the foundation is reinforced by scientific literacy and inquiry skills, classroom learning experiences where learners can discover and appreciate natural, Earth, life, and applied sciences, that stimulate learners’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.

TECHNOLOGY

Learners participate in a STREAM / Introduction to Technology class, covering basic computer skills (i.e., using computer applications; research skills and citation) and digital citizenship (online safety), as well as programming - coding.

READING

Foundational literacy skills are strengthened through a range of instructional approaches to ensure every student succeeds, by covering various reading skills, phonics, and literature. Decoding written words and language comprehension in weekly reading oral and comprehension passages, which correlate with reader’s spelling curriculum are available for 1st through 6th grades. They engage in reading through class read-aloud, workbooks and books of their own selection. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 

From Grades 7 to 9, learners are assigned excellent literature to challenge their minds, reading at school and at home with an emphasis on annotating the text. Learners then draw from their experiences with these authors as great models for writing. Learners engage in progressively more complex writing styles, sentence structure, and vocabulary as they advance through middle school. They also continue the practice of recitation and begin engaging in scored discussions and debates, as well as public speaking experiences.

A strong foundation in English Language Arts is built with a focus on phonemic awareness and phonics instruction, handwriting, and dialogic reading. Third to Sixth grade expands on ELA with lessons in grammar composition. Learners develop short paragraphs into stories, letters and essays, practice and present recitations, from short poems and historic speeches including drama.

ARTS

The main focus of Creative & Performing Arts is critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills. Learners have in-class art time where they are introduced to artistic tools, and media. In music class, learners learn about steady beat, melody, harmony, expressive movement, and musical memory, adding value to our indigenous music, dance and drama.

MATHEMATICS 

The syllabus is based on the concept that an applicable maths curriculum is linked to content, instruction and assessment putting great emphases on the development and use of basic mathematical knowledge and skills. The major areas of content covered are: Numbers and Numeration, Plane Geometry, Measurement, basic Algebra, Statistics and Probability, basic Trigonometry, Vectors and Transformation in a Plane, Problem solving and application (mathematical processes).

High School

After completing 9th grade, learners will pass to High School, to complete grades 10 through 12.

High school is a three-year program at the end of which learners take the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). The syllabuses are more demanding and individual subjects are studied to a greater depth. ​The school offers two streams – ARTS AND SCIENCE.  Learners write examinations in five (5) core subjects and 2 electives from one of the options given below, making a total of 7 subjects.

The core subjects are: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Geography and Economics.

The Arts subjects are:  History/Civics and Literature-in-English.

The Science subjects are: Physics and Chemistry.

Based on their LJHSCE results and in consultation with the learners, parents should complete the choice of stream forms. The decision is subject to approval by the school as per the policy (see the Family Rights and Responsibilities Handbook).

House System

The House System is created to build community and relationships across grade levels and reinforces the culture, ethos and spirit of IPREP.

Houses exist as social groups that provide opportunities for cross-grade interaction, made up of learners from G1 up to 12. Learners are placed into a House in the initial weeks of school opening.

Each house is unique with its own name, crest, color and identity. Houses are also a form of learner leadership, led by an educator whose role is the Head of House, a mentor. Leadership opportunities are available for middle and high schoolers, prefects and mentors as representatives to encourage learners responsibility, to improve behavior, buddy system and self-management.

Throughout the year the learners participate in academic, sports and recreational team and spirit building, community projects, STREAM Days, and other special activities and the most important ones are the Inter - House Academic Challenges and Sports Day.

Houses develops a whole school approach to rewards for and the celebration of achievements. Each learner participating gains points for their respective House and the winning House at the end of the year collects the coveted House Cup.

House of Determination:                  Purple

House of Helpers Community:        White

House of Wisdom:                            Gray

House of Perseverance:                   Gold

Extra Curriculum Activities

IPREP seeks to develop learners outside the classroom as well as their interests in areas including art, music and cross-cultural experiences, so that they become well equipped for academic work. Our extra-curricular activities ensures that learners are challenged and their skill development supported, nurturing their interests and talents which enables them to express themselves and equip them with successful skills for the future.

These activities are not part of the core academic work. These may include sports and games, activities relating to clubs, entertainment and clean-up exercises.  A list of approved extracurricular activities will be provided at the beginning of each term and they can either continue with the same activity or choose to try out a different one during the following term. 

Attendance

Attendance policy:

Learners must be in school at 7:30 AM. The school gate will close at 8:40 AM. Learners with an unexcused absence will not be allowed on the premises. Parents must notify the Business Office or homeroom teacher in advance if the learner will be late due to an emergency situation, before 9:00 am. Excessive Absences and Tardiness during the school year may result in the student not being promoted to the next grade.

Uniforms Preschool - Grade 12

IPREP is a uniformed school. Authorised uniforms must be worn each day. Learners must practice good hygiene, be neat, clean and take pride in their appearance. Unauthorized uniform/clothing is not allowed to be worn during the school day.