Online Learning at the International School of Minnesota
The Learning Never Stops!
The International School of Minnesota was founded on the principal of providing a world-class education to students. In the wake of current events, the school has transitioned to online learning to provide a seamless education to our students. The International School follows the SABIS® Educational System™. Through integrating Microsoft® technology, the International School transitioned to online learning to provide teacher-led learning in all core subjects.
Student safety is our number one priority, followed closely by making sure our students receive the education they need to succeed in college and beyond.
There are three primary pieces of technology utilized to facilitate online learning at the International School:
Online classes are held using Microsoft® Students can interact with their teacher and each other through video and chat features. Teachers explain key concepts with the support of slides and other materials that have been developed to deliver the content—the same materials that would be used in the classroom.
Office 365 accounts for all students allow for the ability to manage calendars, access email (which is restricted to allow only in-network communication), and use key Microsoft programs.
SABIS® Digital Platform (SDP), a proprietary application in use for both parents and students.
For students: In SDP, students have access to join online classes, view homework, complete online assessments, receive supplementary support, and review their progress.
For parents: In SDP, parents are able to view student grades, review student progress, and keep track of attendance and disciplinary issues.
When students transition to online learning, the student schedules are adapted to provide for maximum learning on core subjects while limiting screen time. As a result, while some subjects traditionally have more than one class of instruction in a day, this is minimized to one class daily to ensure students are able to focus on the material delivered.
Students in Grade 1-Grade 12 receive between 4-6 hours of direct instruction (averaging 23 hours a week).
Classes like art, physical education, music, and drama are an important part of the student experience at the International School. These classes are ongoing, but occur at intermittent times throughout the school week. Teachers use a variety of methods to make sure students remain active and passionate about these subjects. These include physical fitness challenges, video recordings with for art instruction, and a virtual musical.
Assessment is a vital part of the SABIS® Educational System™. Regular, remote quizzes taken online are completed to gauge how well concepts are understood. For end-of-year exams, online solutions will be utilized.
At the International School, we make sure every student has the assistance they need. If students need extra support, teachers are available for one-on-one help. Many students also work together virtually to gain peer-to-peer insight on concepts.
Socialization remains an important aspect of students’ lives. Students are able to communicate before and after class via Teams and are encouraged to meet outside of class to stay connected. The Student Life Organization® (SLO®) remains a vital aspect of the International School, with Head Prefects meeting with the Student Life Coordinator regularly and activities become virtual events.
In addition, our teachers continually reach out to all students to gauge how they are doing and if they need help, academically or managing mental health during challenging times.
As a result of online learning, our students have become more independent. They are highly engaged and focused on learning. The International School of Minnesota is here to make sure all students are prepared for their future in college and beyond.
The International School of Minnesota has a long history of being one of Minnesota's finest college preparatory institutions. Our online learning remains true to our history, providing students with the opportunity to continue learning regardless of what is happening in the world. With the use of technology and the benefits of the structure of the SABIS® Educational System™, our students receive consistent education, both at school and at home, regardless of grade level.
If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact our admissions team.