Curriculum

Curriculum
The Centagon International School offers a dynamic, progressive and balanced academic program in a student-centered learning environment. From Prekindergarten through eleventh grade, the curriculum is both challenging and varied. Our youngest students explore their world and learn to get along with one another through age appropriate activities geared toward preparing them for the more rigorous academic curriculum found in our other divisions. In Elementary and Secondary, the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, history and social studies, are complimented by a full range of enriching classes in technology, physical education, music, drama and the visual arts.
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten (4 & 5 year olds)
Our Early Childhood program is often a child’s first introduction to “formal education.” Therefore, they are the foundation upon which attitudes towards all subsequent education are built. We believe that within the mind of every child lie the abilities of an Einstein, a Van Gogh, or a Shakespeare. Finding the keys to unleashing those abilities is one of our fundamental goals. It is thus imperative to provide a program which fosters a sense of enthusiasm towards learning, as well as one which facilitates the development of each individual to his/her fullest potential. Because each child is unique, we recognize that they learn at their own pace and in their own way. Every child’s style of learning is identified through close observation, attention to the child’s needs, and most importantly, individual time with the teacher. With supportive guidance, the children are encouraged to experiment, explore, create and problem solve as they play. All activities are designed to intrigue and excite the early learners and allow them to question, investigate and reach conclusions.

The early learning curriculum involves mathematics, reading, written and oral expression, and environmental studies. It also includes activities that develop social, physical, and creative skills. The classroom environment is positive and stimulating, and whether the children are learning to count, read or paint a “masterpiece,” learning is fun! The children soon develop a sense of confidence in their abilities and are ready to take on new challenges. They learn to make decisions and to accept responsibilities. If, during these most formative years, children build an eagerness to learn and grow in all developmental areas, then the groundwork is set. The children are successfully prepared to take the next step in their education.

Elementary: Grades 1 – 3 (children from approximately 6 to 8 years of age.
As in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten, the experiences children have in the early primary years continue to mold their attitudes to learning and provide the basic skills and impetus for their continuing education. The program in the primary grades combines a creative and stimulating, yet structured and disciplined environment, allowing students to grow and develop at their own pace. We strive to provide students with successful experiences which are intended to bolster their self-confidence and self-esteem, and to motivate them to achieve to the best of their abilities.

The curriculum closely follows the Nigerian and American Curriculum guidelines, and stresses the educational basics, building strong foundations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Using a variety of resources and approaches, the curriculum also includes environmental studies, art, drama, music, and physical education. In all subject areas there is a strong emphasis on creating practical and hands-on activities which enhance the theoretical aspects of the subject. Computers are used as an educational resource, and special events, field trips and extracurricular activities round out the program. We strive to provide students with successful experiences which are intended to bolster their self confidence and self-esteem, and to motivate them to achieve to the best of their abilities.

Upper Elementary: Grades 4 –5 (children from approximately 8 to 10 years of age)
Children in grade 4 and 5 are entering the important transition years between childhood and pre-adolescence. Academically, they are consolidating skills acquired at the primary level, while at the same time learning and developing new academic skills and concepts that will prepare them for what lies ahead in middle school and high school. The program closely follows the Nigerian and American Curriculum guidelines. In addition to the core academic subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic, the curriculum also includes: science, social studies, Nigerian Languages, French, art, ICT, music, and physical education.

A strong emphasis is placed upon organizational skills, research skills, and the development of good work/study habits. Computers are used as an educational resource, and special events, field trips and extra-curricular activities round out the program. The structured program and small class size allow for the potential of each student to be maximized.

JSS: Grades 6 – 8 (children from approximately 10-13 years of age)
At TCIS, we believe that a student who is encouraged and motivated to view learning as a lifelong and exciting process, has attained a high level of academic skills and understandings. The student demonstrates positive social and cultural values. They will be equipped to meet the future educational challenges that they will face. We understand and support the development and growth that our students are experiencing physically, socially, emotionally and academically.

The JSS is a transition phase that follows a student’s journey from childhood towards life as a young adult. This phase demands a special programme, and our curriculum at this stage addresses students’ varied levels of emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Subjects are integrated to create rich learning experiences which will enable students to make meaningful links among their topics of study in the classroom and the “real world” beyond the school walls. As students at this stage often become deeply engaged with special interests and pursuits, they have new opportunities to investigate, use and share their growing skills and understandings.

Students in the JSS are increasingly able to reflect on their capacities as learners. A strong emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth, on building confidence, and skills for leadership. Our holistic approach to education enables students to explore many possible paths to success. This is a time of self-exploration, self-discovery, and a growing understanding of, “Who I am and who I can be.”

SSS: Grades 9 – 11 (children from approximately 14-18 years of age)
At TCIS, we believe that a student who is encouraged and motivated to view learning as a lifelong and exciting process, has attained a high level of academic skills and understandings. The student will demonstrate positive social and cultural values. They will be equipped to meet the future educational challenges that they will face. We understand and support the development and growth that our students are experiencing physically, socially, emotionally and academically. This final stage in our program prepares our students for success in post secondary education and life as an adult.

The emphasis for learning and discovery is placed on self exploration and emphasizes personal responsibility, organization, and time management. These students are the leaders and role models within our school’s student body. With teacher support they organize large scale events for other students and the wider community. Our program aims at developing healthy, well balanced, and principled young adults. The rigorous curriculum offers opportunities to explore subjects in depth in preparation for success in universities and colleges. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking and develops the ability to appropriately and expertly question established norms and values while developing and questioning our own positions as well. Students are leaders in their own learning, exploring knowledge and reflecting on their context within a specific situation and within the world as a whole. This is a time of independence, leadership and service.

The Centagon International School is proud to offer a program that is based on the Nigerian, American and British curriculum that results in students graduating with a diploma that is recognized by universities and colleges in English speaking countries around the world. High standards are expected of graduating students. In addition, the secondary curriculum requires students to develop higher order thinking and learning skills.