Stamford uses an American standards-based curriculum, based on the rigorous and proven American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus standards that develop a strong foundation in the core subjects such as language art, math, humanities, and science. To foster curiosity and independent thinking, we deliver this curriculum using an inquiry-based approach across themes and nurture every child through a personalized learning approach.

What are the core elements of the curriculum?

In addition to our adopted American standards, the core of our curriculum is infused with several elements that focus on developing the whole child. These elements include the notions of global citizenship, special approaches to learning methods, international mindedness, service learning, building character and social-emotional learning. These ideals are taught through traditional content areas such as English, humanities, science, mathematics and innovation, all supported by a rich and varied combination of primary and secondary resources. In addition, the curriculum is broad and balanced, so students also study a range of specialist subjects including a modern language (Mandarin or Spanish), art, drama, music, and physical and health education.

What subjects are part of the core curriculum?

  • English Language Arts
  • Modern Language (Mandarin or Spanish)
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • STEMinn
  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Social Emotional Learning

What standards and benchmarks do we use?

Subject(s)Standard(s) Used
English, Humanities, Mathematics, SciencesAmerican Education Reaches Out (AERO) (based on Common Core framework)
Modern Languages (Spanish and Mandarin)American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Music, Drama, Visual ArtsMassachusetts Arts (MA)
STEMinn / InnovationNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS) International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Physical and Health EducationSociety of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) National Health Education Standards (NHES)
Social Emotional LearningSecond Step Program (Pre-Primary to Grade 8) School-Connect (Grade 9 to 12)

Why does Stamford use an inquiry-based approach combined with rigorous standards?

This approach gives students the benefits of both learning approaches. The standards provide a strong academic foundation while the inquiry-based approach develops higher-order thinking skills such as creativity, critical thinking and complex problem solving which they need to thrive in the modern world, as seen in the World Economic Forum.

How is my child’s character developed?

Each week students have a dedicated lesson in socio-emotional education (Second Step or School-Connect) which promotes skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and conflict management.

Pro-actively combating bullying, Second Step works to improve behavior, positivity and academic performance. The social curriculum teaches these critical life skills weekly to all students from Pre-Primary (Kindergarten) through Grade 8.

An advisory program also supports our Secondary students’ academic progress and college and career readiness by developing essential skills and habits for learning as they understand their strengths and areas for improvement in support of academic achievement.

See our Curriculum in Action

  • Our STEMinn Program
    See our STEMinn program in action and hear from our teachers and students why it is innovative and inspiring.
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  • Our Mandarin Curriculum
    Learn more about our Mandarin curriculum and what makes the program at Stamford unique and engaging for students.
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