The purpose of the CIS reporting and conference cycle is to provide parents with clear and varied opportunities to learn about their child’s learning throughout the course of the year. A combination of grid criteria with clear descriptors and detailed narratives of learning are integral to comprehensively describe student learning at specific times throughout the year. Reports also form a basis for conversations regarding student learning during conferences.

Report Card sequence


 October November March June
Approaches to Learning (ATL) with comment by Homeroom teacher Trimester 1

Subject area only

Trimester 2

ATL grid and Subject area w/ ATL reference

Trimester 3

ATL and Subject area w/ ATL reference

Approaches to learning (ATL):

ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeates CIS teaching and learning environment from Pre-School through High School across all subject areas. It is our belief that student’s education is not only what you learn but also how you learn. As such the IB identifies five sets of skills necessary to conduct purposeful inquiry and in order to be well prepared for lifelong learning:


  • Social Skills,
  • Communication Skills
  • Thinking Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Self-Management Skills


These skills are relevant to all learning, formal and informal, in the school, and in events experienced beyond its boundaries. Students also develop skills and strategies drawn from the subject areas, but aligned with the five transdisciplinary skills they build the basis for a holistic education.

For example, becoming literate and numerate enhances students‘ communication skills. The acquisition of literacy and numeracy, in their broadest sense, is essential as these skills provide students with the tools of inquiry. However, the acquisition of knowledge, concepts and skills of the subject areas should not be limited to stand-alone teaching opportunities but also needs to be an integral part of the units of inquiry.


Students’ growth in the Approaches to Learning is embedded in our reporting system.




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