A: HighScope's educational approach emphasizes “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions. Through scaffolding, adults help children gain knowledge and develop creative problem-solving skills.
HighScope uses the term scaffolding to describe the process whereby adults support and gently extend children's thinking and reasoning. Scaffolding is a term introduced by developmental psychologist Jerome Bruner and is based on the work of psychologist Lev Vygotsky. Vygotsky referred to the zone of proximal development as the area between what children can accomplish on their own and what they can do with the help of an adult or another child who is more developmentally advanced. HighScope teachers carefully observe children so they know when and how to enter this zone. Children must be secure and confident in what they already know before they are ready to move to the next level. When HighScope says adults support and extend children’s learning, it means that the adults first validate, or support, what children already know, and then, when the time is right, gently encourage them to extend their thinking to the next level.
Q: What make HighScope approach different?
A: The HighScope educational approach is consistent with the best practices recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and guidelines for developmentally based programs.
Within this broad framework, however, HighScope has unique features that differentiate it from other early childhood programs. One is the daily plan-do-review sequence. Research shows that planning and reviewing are the two components of the program most positively and significantly associated with children’s scores on measures of developmental progress.
A second unique feature is our curriculum content, the social, intellectual, and physical building blocks that are essential to young children’s optimal growth. Our content areas are organized in eight main categories: (1) Approaches to Learning; (2) Social and Emotional Development; (3) Physical Development and Health; (4) Language, Literacy, and Communication; (5) Mathematics; (6) Creative Arts; (7) Science and Technology; and (8) Social Studies.
Q: What are the requirements to become a HighScope teacher?
A: The requirements are:
Have passion for teaching young children
Undergraduate Degree in any discipline
Proficient English both verbal & written
Pass our psychological test
Pass the class observation
Pass the interview with the principal
Pass the medical test
Pass the 6 week HighScope teacher training program
Pass the 8 week HighScope teacher training program
Q: Do you have a 3 day week program? I don’t think my child is ready for school 5 days a week.
A: In HighScope we implement a fun & active learning method. We learn through playing, singing, dancing & art, so students will enjoy their time at school. We believe that consistency in the daily routine is important. With five days a week the child’s adjustment process with friends, teachers and school environment is faster.
Q: How does HighScope assess children?
A: HighScope assesses children’s development with comprehensive observations rather than narrow tests, using COR Advantage, HighScope's research-validated child assessment tool that spans Early Childhood through Preschool. Observing a broad range of behaviors over several weeks or months gives us a more accurate picture of children’s true capabilities than tests administered in one-time sessions. Using the content areas as a framework, teachers record daily anecdotes describing what children do and say. Four times a year, they review these anecdotes and rate each child at the highest level he or she has demonstrated so far on 34 items in eight areas of development: Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development and Health; Language, Literacy, and Communication; Mathematics; Creative Arts; Science and Technology; and Social Studies — plus 2 items for English Language Learning. Children’s COR Advantage scores help teachers design learning opportunities tailored to their level of development. COR Advantage is also used to explain children’s progress to parents during conferences. Instead of only giving parents abstract scores, teachers share anecdotes illustrating what their children are doing now and how they will continue to grow.
Q: What is your age requirement?
A child is accepted in the early preschool program if he or she has reached the age of 18 months (1 year and 6 months)
A child is accepted in the preschool program if he or she has reached the age of 30 months (2 years and 6 months) by July 31 of that specific academic year.
Q: What are the school hours for the Early Childhood program?
Q: What language is used in the Sekolah HighScope Indonesia Early Childhood program?
A: The language used for Early Childhood activities in HighScope is English.
Q: Do my kids have to bring food to school?
A: Children are served a nutritious snack every day provided by the school. We always make sure that each child is properly served. Children are given the opportunity to develop their self-help skills through food serving. Children are not forced or shamed into eating more if they don’t want to.
Since we supply nutritious snack, we encourage children not to bring the following items:
Drink – other than water or milk formula
Candy or other snacks
Q: What if my child is allergic to certain foods?
A: If your child has a special diet or allergy, please fill out the medical record form on the application package & inform your child’s teachers or the school administration.
We will provide a different menu for children who have allergies or are on a special diet.
Q: This is my child’s first time to enter school. What if my child doesn’t want me to leave?
A: The start of school is an emotional time, full of anticipation of new friends, hopes for playful learning, and fears about your child’s adjustment.
Separation anxiety is a normal reaction that most people feel at one time or another. Each child expresses these feelings about leaving parents in different ways.
It may help to remember that separation from home and adjusting to new surroundings are vital parts of becoming independent. Children need our understanding and support as they make these steps.
In HighScope our teachers are trained to handle separation anxiety. Based on our experience every child is unique in going through this situation. The time varies. To support the child our teachers will make sure that the child’s feelings are being fully acknowledged. We also need parental collaboration so this separation anxiety will run smoothly.