AMICUS Curriculum is organized in four stages of student development. At each stage, we implement our educational philosophy in all subjects, by following specific teaching guidelines.
Four Stages of Development
For a balanced development of students, AMICUS offers four stages
throughout ten to eleven consecutive years of instruction,
from Kindergarten to 9th grade.
Characteristics of Subjects
Cultivating the Ability to Lead the Global Society
The English program at Amicus is led by a team of licensed teaching professionals brought to Okinawa from around the world. These teachers, with diverse backgrounds, use the Ontario Language Arts curriculum from Canada to build our students language skills.
Amicus exposes students to a balance of 5 vital English language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and media literacy. Students begin their exposure to English from Kindergarten with the introduction of phonics, songs and the foundations for reading and writing. Students learn to read from levelled reading texts and gradually move to novels. Students learn to write a wide variety of texts (essay, poetry, formal and casual letter) with the lengths growing longer and more complex as they move through our language arts program. Media literacy skills include understanding the construction of and creating media like posters, brochures, movies and commercials. This critical 21st century skill is taught in depth at Amicus starting in Grade 1. Students prepare and present individual or group work during each language unit at Amicus to reinforce their speaking and listening skills.
The goal of the English program at Amicus is to instill students with the skills they need to be able to enter and succeed in an English speaking high school in the country of their choice.
“Fun” Mathematics which Stimulates the Curiosity of Children
At AMICUS, mathematics emphasizes not only the content to be taught, but also the processes and daily relevance of learning mathematics. We use the English version of MEXT textbooks and supplement it with other resources, such as Singapore Math for the lower grades.
Students benefit from the close collaboration between the English and Japanese teachers, through team teaching, students are to gain a better grasp of the mathematical concepts from different perspectives. The class homeroom Japanese teachers work closely with the English teachers to support students who may encounter difficulty during math lesson due to a language barrier. To ensure that students understand their math content in both languages, Japanese worksheets are used on certain days for upper grades in the morning 15-minute homeroom.
Through our math program, our students become confident communicators with mathematical thinking skills, and grow to be Glocal Citizens who can investigate, express and make judgment in their personal and future lives.
Developing the Children who Can Use the “Communicative Words”
Uncovering the “Mysteries” in the World ~ Through Hands-on Learning
Developing the Glocal Citizens who “Think Independently”