The International Primary Curriculum aligned with the New York State Standards promote an inquiry-based approach to learning to students while the rigor of the standards is taught in an integrated way. Subject-specific skills, knowledge and concepts are taught but then they are learned and applied in meaningful contexts to make the best possible progress with differentiation and higher order thinking skills. Elementary literacy program with weekly guided reading, phonics and Talk for Writing activities support students to achieve English and Arabic standards with interest and engagement. Numicon and other math programs are used to support students to adopt a flexible approach to problem solving, which is underpinned by a rigorous approach to learning.