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Primary Division

Language Immersion in English

We don’t teach English; we teach in English

At Avenues, learning a second language is more than an academic pursuit; it is a daily practice that transforms the way students see and think about the world. From nursery to 5th grade, students spend 50% of their time learning in English and 50% learning in a second language: one day in English, one day in Mandarin, and so on. This way, students learn languages as tools of daily communication that will be useful for the rest of their lives.

The Avenues Discovery Course

Fostering creativity, imagination and connections to the real-world

As an interdisciplinary learning journey, the Avenues Discovery Course fully integrates the Avenues World Elements and comprises two main strands: humanities and science. In thematic units, students apply project-based learning in both Chinese and English language immersion environments, acquiring knowledge and skills while connecting their learning to the world beyond the classroom.

SPARK

Supporting students to discover and pursue their passions

One afternoon a week, students take SPARK, a personalized course of study specially developed by Avenues Shenzhen. SPARK is an opportunity for students to pursue their particular interests in a small group format, with targeted guidance from teachers and outside experts. In SPARK, students deepen their understanding of a subject that inspires them.

Integrated Math

Using mathematics to solve real-world problems

Integrated Math is an opportunity for students to connect what they learn in their regular math class to their daily lives, applying their skills to real-world problems. Through project-based and experiential learning, students solve problems while developing mathematical thinking, building confidence and practicing perseverance.

Homeroom Teaching

Unlocking the potential of student-centered learning

The Primary Division uses a homeroom model, in which two pairs of teachers—head and associate—in Chinese and English are responsible for most of a student’s education, including literacy (Chinese and English), math, and the Discovery Course (humanities and science). Spending the whole day with their class, teachers take a student-centered approach, getting to know their students and implementing differentiated instruction according to each student’s strengths, needs and interests.

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