Basic Education Courses
"If we work upon marble, it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, and imbue them with principles , with the just fear of God and love of our fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something that will brighten to all eternity." -Daniel Webster
REGULAR BASIC EDUCATION COURSES (IN CAMPUS/ONSITE)
The school provides a complete Pre-School, Grade School and High School courses from Nursery to Fourth Year High School in its physical campus in Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines.
- Nursery, PreK and Kindergarten
- Level 1 to Level 6 (Using Singaporean curriculum for Math and Science)
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
- Level 7 to Level 10
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
- Level 11 to Level 12
The In-Campus/Onsite Basic Education program of the school provides fully airconditioned classrooms, smaller class size, personalized instructions, international student body, bible-based education, american accent training, multiple intelligence teaching strategies, skill and talent exposure activities. It uses Singaporean Math and Science curriculum for Grade School and Singaporean approach to teaching in Math and Science along with Philippine made materials for High School.
The school also provides Boarding Services through its Homestay Accommodation program to a very few selected students. The Homestay Accommodation program is hosted by the School Director who is also the Chaplain of the School.
1. To integrate Biblical principles in all subjects for spiritual, moral and
2. To provide varied teaching strategies in developing multiple intelligences
of the students.
3. To establish an academic community that is actively involved in socially
4. To instill the spirit of brotherhood and mutual understanding among
different cultural groups.
“Development of Christ-centered, discerning individuals who are spiritually equipped, academically competitive and globally aware of any cultural differences.”
Starting School Year 2010-2011, Harvest Christian School International (HCSI) had adopted the Singaporean Math and Science Curriculum/Books starting the Grade 1, 2 and 3 levels. Thereafter, one level up had been added every school year for the use of this curriculum. The Singaporean Approach to teaching Math and Science had been introduced also in High School Levels to prepare the students in these levels to adopt the new curriculum in the coming school years. Singapore is known to be consistently in the top rank rating of TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) in Math and Science in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is designed to measure trends in students’ mathematics and science achievement worldwide in four-year cycles. Harvest Christian School International (HCSI) is a pioneer in implementing Singapore Math and Science in Cebu City, Philippines.
ABOUT SINGAPORE MATH
Although many good things have been said already about Singapore Math yet many parents are not aware of the benefits their students will gain if they study the Singapore Math. The Singapore Math curriculum uses the Concrete Pictorial Approach. It emphasizes the development of strong number sense, excellent mental-math skills, and a deep understanding of place value.This appropach gives students a solid understanding of basic mathematical concepts and relationships before they start working at the abstract level. It includes a strong emphasis on model drawing, a visual approach to solving word problems that helps students organize information and solve problems in a step-by-step manner. Concepts are taught to mastery, then later revisited but not re-taught. It is said the U.S. curriculum is a mile wide and an inch deep, whereas Singapore’s math curriculum is said to be just the opposite. The Singapore approach focuses on developing students who are problem solvers.
The Singaporean have been successful in using this approach that they topped in almost all international math assessment/exams for math worldwide through TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). The U.S. government and its schools have recognized the effectiveness of the Singaporean approach that some of U.S. schools are now adopting the Singapore Math. No less than U.S. President Barack Obama have reocgnized the effectiveness of the Singapore Math and encouraged U.S. schools to adopt the same. To understand more of the Singapore Math, please view the following videos:
The Harvest Curriculum is very flexible; it can be effectively taught in different modes of classroom instruction, no one mode being the best method for all students in learning situations. The modes include a "one-on-one" method of instruction, where the teacher instructs a number of individual students at different levels.
The Curriculum can be used with small groups, where several students at the same or different levels are working together. They can also be successfully used in the larger, more traditional types of classroom. When teachers "mix and match" these different modes of instruction to meet individual student needs, each child's education can be truly "personalized" . The school incorporates independent and group projects as a teaching tool to stimulate the development and creative and imaginative thought of the student which also leads to Self-Discipline.
The Curriculum is built on the concept of Mastery Learning utilizing a Spiral Design of instruction. It provides systematic review (repetition of basic concepts and skills) at three levels . The first is reinforcement of the material within the module itself. Testing is cumulative, requiring the student to recall material from the previous sections, thus creating a constant "spiraling" review. The second level of the spiral is found in the relationship of material between different academic subjects. For example, Language Arts skills, as well as concepts taught in the Bible, Science and Math are integrated throughout the entire curriculum. The third level of the spiral is the review of the same material within a subject at higher levels.
Academic content learned at higher levels is an expansion of, and based upon, similar skills and concepts mastered at lower levels. Mastery Learning is based on the premise that optimum learning occurs when students truly "master" the content or skills taught in one learning experience before progressing on to the next one. This concept varies substantially from traditional/conventional academic programs, where students grouped together by chronological grade level progress through the same academic material in the same amount of time; real mastery is seldom experienced by all students in such a program.
The Curriculum with its teacher-directed activities, self tests and mastery test, is designed to ensure that mastery learning is a reality for each individual student. The many module activities and questions require students to go beyond objective recall and to draw conclusions that require a conceptual understanding of the material, thus the student is challenged to develop higher level of analytical and evaluative thinking.
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STUDENTS' PROFILE MIX
Students enrolled in the school are a mixture of various nationalities. Most are Filipino nationals with few foreigners like Americans, British, Koreans, Japanese, Indians and other Europeans. Out of these foreigners, some are missionary kids. Of the total enrolment, 70% are Catholics while 30% are children of Christian parents. It provides a coed environment.
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