The SABIS Point System®
While the vast body of knowledge available to be learned in a given class can be overwhelming, SABIS® keeps the path clear of obstacles and pitfalls by quantifying knowledge. Each course is organized and defined by a set of specific, identifiable learning objectives, referred to as “points”. Points are distributed among all the lessons of the year and delivered using SABIS®’s proprietary teaching methodology, the SABIS Point System®. A licensee is provided with a pacing chart and a set of lesson plans for each course, detailing which points should be taught when. Each point is a very specific skill or concept.
The points are meant to be taught one at a time, using the SABIS Point System®, and for each one teachers integrate instruction for short periods of time with individual student practice and group work – all guided by a four-step process of Teach, Class Practice, Individual Practice, and Check. The result is learning efficiency in an interactive, engaging classroom environment.
Filling in gaps
If there are any concepts that the class as a whole performed poorly on in the weekly SABIS Academic Monitoring System® exam, the teacher will re-teach these concepts, again using the SABIS Point System®. Individual student gaps that do not affect the whole class are addressed immediately through several different academic support programs offered through the school administration and the SABIS Student Life Organization®.
Preparing students for exams
In preparing students for end-of-term exams, teachers typically spend an entire week revising material in class with students. Revision time for end-of-year exams extends to two full weeks. Teachers will cover all material needed for external exams in class. The SABIS® curriculum is aligned with educational standards of U.S. states and common-core state standards to ensure that students are well prepared to sit for state exams.
SABIS® recommends that its licensees implement the SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®), a student-led society that empowers students to hold responsibility for many aspects of school life, including academics. Through SLO®’s Academics Department, prefect students peer-tutor others and engage in power-study sessions to prevent internal and external exam failure.