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Core Curricula

Language Arts
The Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) Preparatory School emphasizes the interrelatedness of all forms of communication and the importance of the processes involved and has adopted an integrated language arts instructional program with the following parameters:

  • Reading and writing must be taught together.
  • Reading, writing, speaking, and listening must be integrated.
  • Students should write for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • The writing process should include pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing.

The school's mathematics curriculum is grounded in the philosophy of learning described below:

  • There is a mathematician within each of us.
  • Experience with models for math concepts helps us understand, invent, and remember important math ideas.
  • Learning mathematics is a social activity.
  • Learning mathematics is an ongoing process of knowledge construction.
  • Disequilibrium stimulates new learning.
  • Mathematics is a fascinating world of its own.

Science is taught using a hands-on discovery and evaluation approach through classroom discussions and the conduction of experiments whenever possible. The RUSVM Preparatory School science program is grounded in the philosophy of learning described below:

  • Science is for all students.
  • Less content is more.
  • The predominant objective of our science program is to present to students the wonder of science and joy of exploration through inquiry.

We particularly strive to foster students’ understanding and appreciation of the natural world by integrating science with other fields of study.

Social Studies
The goal of the social studies program at RUSVM Preparatory School is to prepare students to demonstrate responsibility and leadership as citizens of a global society. In addition to a study of history and geography, we endeavor to impart to our students knowledge of:

  • Cultures
  • Governments
  • Social systems
  • Political systems
  • Economic systems
  • Comparative religions

Whenever possible, we focus upon our host country and the West Indies region.

In the music class, students sing, play percussion, and participate in a variety of activities to develop and strengthen musical skills. Students are given the opportunity to experience the music of today and yesterday as they learn to appreciate different types of music, and to enjoy the music of other cultures.

Students are encouraged to express themselves through their artwork as they use a variety of art media. Students are instructed in art appreciation and art history as part of the total art program. The art teacher designs the program to coincide with current activities in core subjects at each grade level.

Health and Fitness
The goal of the health and fitness program is to create healthy, physically educated individuals who are intrinsically motivated to be involved in health-enhancing decisions and physical activity for a lifetime.