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Message from the Principal

Our Approach to Learning
The 21st century is a period of change, opportunity, and challenge in education. To make learning relevant for our students as we prepare them for a future we cannot predict we have to explore different learning avenues. Through our academic program we layer a strong sense of purpose and vision for teaching and learning.

In our Early Childhood Center and Elementary School, we will embrace Understanding by Design (UbD) as our curriculum framework - a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. With UbD, we will focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and design our units starting with the end in mind. 

Through Project Based Learning our students solve problems, question the world around them, and develop and test hypotheses in an environment of support and collaboration. We want our students to develop skills, build knowledge, and apply what they learn to a variety of contexts. 

We believe in Visible Thinking and we open our classrooms to become places of intellectual stimulation where students can think, plan, create, and question. Through engaging learning experiences and conscious analysis of their thinking process, our students learn to work together, strengthen their social skills, and understand different perspectives. 

Teachers recognize that students have individual learning styles and that students make progress in different areas at different rates. We believe in differentiation and try to align the learning experience with the needs of each student. The partnership between school and home is crucial. We invite the school community to follow our Core Values, Mission and Vision, promote school spirit, and work closely with IAA to support our students’ unique learning journey. 

Veronica Kaypaghian joined IAA in October 2017. She has been teaching overseas for the past 20 years. She holds a M.A. in Organizational Management in Education, a B.A. in Psychology, and a U.S. teaching credential from the Virginia Department of Education. Through her vision, our Early Childhood program is starting implementing ideas from Reggio Emilia and The Project Approach.