International baccalaureate Focused Curriculam
BHA Houston and Spring Educational Foundation (SEF) are non-profit organizations committed to establishing a private school in Spring, Texas focused on academic success, responsible governance and financially sound practices with in a proper environment, facility and resources.
BHA Houston vision is a model educational institution that produces generations of leaders to be successful in this life and the Hereafter.
Our International Baccalaureate (IB) focused curricula aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. IB curricula strive to develop students who will build a better world through inter-cultural understanding and respect.
The IB’s curricula are different from other curricula because they:
- Encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
- Develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
- Encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
- Develop multilingual students.
In mathematics, students have opportunities to practice math skills in an appropriate developmental sequence. The math curriculum incorporates hands-on learning experiences with manipulatives and continually reinforces and extends math skills. Instruction is differentiated based on student needs and focuses on problem-solving and thinking skills to inspire children to become critical thinkers.
In ELA, children receive a balanced literacy program including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Teachers work with students in small groups or individually to build independent reading skills using all three reading cue systems: semantic (meaning), syntactic (grammatical structures), and graphophonic (phonics). An instructional level for reading is assessed using the developmental reading assessment (Rigby PM of HMH), and guided reading groups are formed using this data.
In science, we encourage the development of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Students compare, classify, chart, graph, hypothesize, observe changes, and record findings.
In social studies, children explore our world through geography, history, government, economics, culture, and citizenship. Students read biographies and present information, interpret and create their own maps, identify functions of government, examine free enterprise, compare various cultures, and identify characteristics of good citizenship.
Thanks to a generous donation from a parent, we have incorporated a rigorous reading challenge for all elementary and middle school children. We also have a fully equipped library which helps challenge and nurture our curious minds.