Academics

One World School’s core values serve as the foundation for its academic programs. Our teachers value each individual’s potential to develop holistically and understand the wide range of abilities, interests, and learning needs inside the classroom, whether onsite or online. They use a variety of instructional methods and strategies, explore different and creative ways for students to learn, and ensure that they are provided optimal challenges and learning support through differentiation.

Programs

One World School offers the following programs for individuals of all abilities:

Each classroom from Preschool to Grade 10 has an average of eight students with two co-teachers. The classrooms are composed of children who are typically developing, diagnosed with special education needs, identified as gifted and talented, and atypical learners. Children with special education needs are also part of the school’s Individualized Education & Transition Program.

The Individualized Education & Transition Program provides students with special education needs with highly customized programs that focus on academics, executive functioning, language development, social communication, life skills, gross and fine motor skills, and self-advocacy.

For students whose post-secondary school goals are fully-independent or assisted employment, One World School offers the Pre-Vocational and Internship & Transition Programs. Students with special education needs are eligible for these programs. Teachers identify the students’ strengths and interests and develop short and long term plans for gainful employment. One World School partners with local and multinational companies who provide opportunities for internships and potential sustainable employment.

The Therapeutic Interventions Program provides allied health services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy, as well as interventions such as social thinking and social skills classes, home programs, and applied behavior analysis. Consultation and assessments with a developmental psychologist and developmental-behavioral pediatrician are also available at school. These services may be provided onsite or online.

English is the primary language of instruction and communication in the school.

Assessment & Authenticity

One World School’s teachers will develop and administer a wide range of school-approved authentic formative and summative assessments throughout the school year. All assessments will be based on the school’s approved standards-based curriculum, modified curriculum, functional education curriculum, and individualized education and transition goals.

Pathways

To ensure that each student’s team - composed of the parents/guardians, classroom teachers, and as needed, therapists and other specialists – has a clearer focus on the student’s learning and achievement of short and long term goals, One World School has identified four general pathways.

  • Pathway 1: Advanced, Gifted/Talented
  • Pathway 2: Standard Curriculum
  • Pathway 3: Modified / Functional Curriculum
  • Pathway 4: Assisted Living

The pathways facilitate more purposeful ways to discover and develop each student’s unique interests and talents, and they lead to a curriculum that is more relevant, motivating, and applicable for each student. Having the pathways as a general guide for each student’s team, instructional time at school, whether onsite or online, is further optimized. Pathway options for each student at different ages and levels also promote open and forward-thinking discussions about the team’s hopes and dreams for each student. Each student’s team shares accountability for ensuring that all possible opportunities for learning and development are provided for the student.

In the long term, the pathways may lead to these post-secondary school options for each student:

  • Pathway 1: Advanced, Gifted/Talented
    • University – Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree
    • Vocational Program
    • Employment
  • Pathway 2: Standard Curriculum
    • University – Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree
    • Vocational Program
    • Employment
  • Pathway 3: Modified / Functional Curriculum
    • Continue with One World School’s Internship & Transition Program
    • University – Associate's Degree
    • Vocational Program
    • Employment
  • Pathway 4: Assisted Living
    • Indefinite tenure with One World School
    • Assisted Vocational Program
    • Assisted Employment
    • Assisted Living

Each student’s team agrees to follow the recommended pathway for the duration of the current school year. Review of and any necessary changes in the pathway recommendation will be conducted at the beginning of every semester (August and January) of each school year. Given the dynamic nature of children, no student will be permanently placed in any one of the four pathways.

Blended Learning System

Overview

To ensure everyone’s safety and the continuity of our students’ academic programs, therapeutic interventions, and extra-curricular activities during short and long-term interruptions to onsite classes brought on by natural or otherwise calamities or emergencies, One World School has adopted a blended learning system.

Strictly adhering to the school’s core values, the blended learning system allows for individualization or customization of programs with a curricular focus on skills that will equip our students to fully participate and engage in online and onsite learning with their classmates and teachers.

Since most members of the school community are new to blended learning, the school provides structured and differentiated professional development seminars for teachers, parents, and caregivers throughout the school year. By building everyone’s capacity, the school guarantees that students will be able to learn anywhere and anytime.

Most importantly, no matter where the teachers and students are in the world, the blended learning system will be a medium through which they will be able to develop and sustain their connection with one another.

Key Components

Depending on the situation of the teachers, students and their families, as well as the safety and security restrictions imposed by the local and national governments, the school will use any combination of the key components of the blended learning system.

  • Onsite Classes
    • These are the face-to-face classes in the students’ regular classrooms in the school and may be one-to-one, small group, and whole group classes with one or more teachers.
  • Online Classes
    • These are live, real-time classes conducted through school-approved video call platforms. They may be conducted as one-to-one, small group, and whole group classes with one or more teachers.
  • Offline, Pre-recorded Lessons
    • These are prepared by teachers for one-to-one, small group, and whole group classes, and are accompanied by materials to support independent or assisted learning.
  • Lesson or Unit Modules
    • These include curricular standards, detailed instructions for implementing the lessons and activities, worksheets, and assessment materials. The modules are differentiated based on students’ levels and skills and are provided on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.

One World School places a premium on the safety of the teachers and students and their unique educational needs. As the needs arise, the School shall be able to immediately employ the blended learning system – a customizable combination of onsite classes, online classes, offline pre-recorded lessons, and lesson/unit modules – to which all members of the school community will have equitable access.

Given the dynamic nature of students and the constantly changing knowledge and skills required to be productive members of society, One World School commits to empowering and building the capacity of each teacher, parent/guardian, and caregiver to be collaborative partners for each student’s education and well-being.

To remain true to its core values and to seamlessly adapt to changes, the One World School intends to continue to innovate its teaching and learning modalities to be able to serve the needs of anyone, anywhere, and anytime.

One World School strictly enforces an online security protocol to assure the safety and security of all teachers, students, and parents.

Monitoring, Assessing, and Improving One World School’s Teaching & Learning System

One World School implements a quarterly Four-Point Evaluation System.

Point 1: Teachers’ Self-Rating

Teachers reflect on their own performance, which is framed in the School’s Developmental Continuum for Differentiating Teachers, and identify goals and create action plans for specific areas for growth and development.

Point 2: Observation Evaluations

Teachers, program leaders, and administrators use the school’s observation and evaluation process to assess areas for growth and development in the School’s Developmental Continuum for Differentiating Teachers. The school utilizes two programs to guide and support teachers with their growth and development.

  • Mentorship Program: All newly hired teachers are assigned mentors, who have been selected by the school’s Leadership Team.
  • Professional Development Program: The weekly training sessions targets the identified specific areas for improvement. Teachers also have opportunities to participate in local and international professional development.

Point 3: Parents/Guardians’ Feedback

Parents/guardians are asked for their feedback regarding their children’s experience with the school. They are also welcome and encouraged to provide feedback anytime directly to the teachers, program leaders, and/or administrators.

Point 4: Students’ Achievement and Well-being

This is the most important component of the Four - Point evaluation system. Each student’s mastery of the academic standards and/or individualized education and transition plan goals are reviewed by the student’s case manager, program leader, and administrators. As needed, adjustments are made in the instructional methods and/or intervention programs to ensure the students achieve mastery of the standards and/or goals. Students’ well-being is also monitored closely by the classroom teachers and their parents/guardians. Concerns regarding their well-being are addressed immediately by the school and their families.

Child Protection Policy & Code of Conduct

Pursuant to Philippine Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act,” and to ensure the optimum general welfare and safety of all students, One World School strictly adheres to its Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.

It is the policy of One World School to provide special protection to children from, but not limited to, any and all forms of child abuse, violence, exploitation, cruelty, threat, discrimination, bullying, injury, neglect, negligent maltreatment, and other conditions that may be inflicted by adults, persons in authority, as well as their fellow students.

This policy also aims to provide special protection to individuals who are endangered by circumstances that affect their normal development and which they have no control over. This also provides sanctions for the misrepresentation and commission of any act of child abuse, violence, exploitation, cruelty, threat, discrimination, bullying, injury, neglect, negligent maltreatment, and other conditions. As such, this will carry out programs for prevention, deterrence, and crisis interventions in the situations aforementioned.

The Committee on Child Protection and Code of Conduct (CPP-COC) sets standards to maintain the professionalism of all teachers and staff in the school community. This fosters an environment wherein both employed and unemployed personnel prioritize the welfare and well-being of all children. The CPP-COC committee is composed of two administrators and eight teacher representatives from the school’s different grade levels and programs. The committee primarily identifies the nature of student-related incidents, assesses the children's safety, and evaluates the need for immediate medical or mental health care. This committee also emphasizes the guidelines that reflect the One World School’s core values promoting staff decorum.