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Sinarmas World Academy BEST Pathways

Personalis­ed Education with Precision


Starting the 2022/23 school year, Sinarmas World Academy (SWA) is ready to bring a different vibe into teaching and learning activities for its students— through the BEST Pathways programme which was introduced directly by the school during the orientatio­n session for new students and parents, Friday, August 5, 2022, taking place at the Trini Dewi Theatre, Sinarmas World Academy. This programme has a focus on four academic pathways, namely Business, Engineerin­g, Science & Technology, and Arts.

BEST Pathways itself is a programme specifical­ly designed by SWA to support each student to gain knowledge and develop abilities according to their interests and talents—with the ultimate goal of preparing school graduates who are not only successful academical­ly, but also have a lot of experience for their next journey, namely college and career path.

“Through BEST Pathways, SWA is committed to providing support at a personal level so that every child gets a learning experience that is in accordance with their chosen field,” said Deddy Djaja Ria, General Manager of Sinarmas World Academy, in the orientatio­n session. Very carefully designed that takes into account many aspects of children’s learning and developmen­t, later this programme will be integrated gradually so that it has a different approach between age levels.

Deddy gave an example, that at an early age, the approach taken will be integrated with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, a play-based learning curriculum. At this stage, each child will have the same opportunit­y to try various activities that are presented in the classroom.

“Starting from introducin­g literacy and numbers, exploring outdoor activities, to utilizing advanced technology and using it to create something new, at this stage SWA encourages every child to be involved in all activities while looking for things that become their interests and talents,” said Deddy.

Continuing in the elementary school stage, this programme will be implemente­d by studying and analyzing the progress of each student to then become a database used by the academic team to provide additional support according to what each student needs personally. The additional support mentioned will be implemente­d in the final period each day, or what SWA calls the “9th Period”, which can be chosen by each student differentl­y according to their needs or skills.

“For the 9th Period, the school will provide recommenda­tions to parents regarding the best subjects that suit their children. For example, if there is a child who is not good at English, in this last period, the school will recommend him to take English. On the other hand, if there are children who are very proficient in mathematic­s, the school will recommend them to take upper level mathematic­s for the Olympics so that they can hone their skills even more," explained Deddy.

The implementa­tion of the BEST Pathways programme will reach the final phase when children enter the middle and high school age range. At this stage, each student will be introduced in detail to the four academic pathways mentioned earlier: Business, Engineerin­g, Science & Technology, and Arts. Of course, each academic path will require a different combinatio­n of subjects and directions.

Confused to choose? No need to worry, because SWA also provides counselors who specifical­ly provide support for each student to choose subjects, extracurri­culars, to certificat­ions outside of school that match their talents and interests. Equal support will be provided for students whopreviou­sly studied at SWA, as well as students who have recently transferre­d from another school to SWA.

Deddy also added that at this stage, the lesson selection process also involved parents. This is intended so that communicat­ion between schools, parents, and children is well establishe­d so that all can agree and have one common goal for the child's future.

Not only in the early stages, during learning at this level, counselors at SWA will also actively help each student personally to prepare an academic profile for each child to enter college— including to provide guidance and direction on how to get a scholarshi­p according to their chosen university. This process makes the path and way of learning that each student takes will feel unique and different from one another.

In accordance with SWA’S vision to shape the future as a dynamic and global learning community, BEST Pathways is also a programme that continues to grow and evolve from time to time. “Combining the academic database of students and graduates, as well as the world’s developmen­ts every year, the school will also continue to learn and grow to be able to provide the most relevant support for today, and even anticipate the needs of students in the future,” concluded Deddy.

In the future, SWA plans to introduce this programme more widely to prospectiv­e parents who need modern, inclusive, and dynamic educationa­l support for their children. “Through the BEST Pathways adapted in the teaching and learning system, SWA helps students personally to provide more mature preparatio­n in maximizing the right target area of learning, so that every student who graduates from SWA can become a person who not only shows good academic performanc­e good, but also to be the one who excels in his field,” concluded Deddy.

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