ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Our Elementary school offers first through fifth grades. We pride ourselves on being a close knit community that values each and every child and their unique journey through childhood. We are proud of being an international and culturally diverse school.

 

Students’ ages range from seven to eleven years old. Our students are offered a very special environment where they can work both in small groups during core curriculum classes, and in larger groups during classes such as Music, Art, IT and Creative Writing, to name a few. In recent years, we have developed our very own Classroom Economy, giving the students some appropriate decision making opportunities and responsibility over how their community works.

 

Both Mathematics and Language Arts courses are Common Core Aligned. We also offer an Integrated Science class, where we cross over curriculums in four different key areas; Social Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.

 

We respect the academic and physical demands on our young student-athletes, therefore the teachers and athletic coaches work closely together, with daily communication about our students’ performance both in the classroom and on the court.  Our students not only strive for academic excellence but they are also continually working towards being more considerate, thoughtful, and productive members of their community. 

Elementary School Principal

Ms. Aisling Lawless

ADVISORY PROGRAM

Our Academic Advisors are responsible for counseling and providing guidance to their assigned advisees and for coordinating, together with all faculty, work contributing to their progress. Academic Advisors monitor their student’s welfare in the school and work closely with the Elemiddle and High School Principals, Guidance Counselor, and Primary Coaches on their continual academic, athletic, social and emotional development.

 

Those students who are enrolled in the Academia Sánchez-Casal also have a primary coach as their athletic advisor. The academic and athletic advisors meet on a regular basis and work closely together to best support their mutual student-athletes. The advisory team provides a fundamental support system for all student-athletes.

MUSIC AND ARTS

Our Elementary School students participate in the music program. Students learn the use of several percussion and wind instruments, and they also learn how to sing. The students use their musical skills to produce and present a musical show at the end of each semester for the faculty and parents.  
Art History and Art Theory are also taught throughout the semester based on the topics the students are learning about in their core subject areas.

SENSE OF COMMUNITY

In the Elementary Program, every student has a place in the community and participates in the classroom economy. On a monthly basis, the students have the opportunity to apply for jobs that give them the power to influence their own environment. Students have a sense of ownership over their learning and their classroom, and everyone senses that they are part of a tightly knit community.

COURSE CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards of the American Educational System, and builds a strong foundation for academic and personal growth through sequential and age-appropriate studies. The Elementary School program includes the following subjects:

English / Language Arts

In English / Language Arts, students continue to build their vocabularies for reading and writing. All concepts are aligned with the US Common Core English standards.  Using discussion, reading, writing, art, and drama, students respond to classic and contemporary literature. They deliver oral summaries of articles and books that they have read. They use a writing process and write multiple-paragraph narrative, descriptive, and persuasive compositions that begin to use quotations or dialogue to capture their readers' attention.  A focus on spelling and grammar is also a main component of the course.

Mathematics

The Math program is made up of 5 core modules: Number Sense, Computation, Algebraic Thinking, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis. All concepts are aligned with the US Common Core Math standards. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that has intrinsic value in everyday life. Teachers use math manipulatives, games, and technology to make learning and practicing concepts fun and interactive. Extension activities are provided when more challenge is needed.

Science and History

Students are introduced to the subjects of Science and History through a course called Integrated Sciences. The program uses an interconnected approach to focus on the concepts of Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Social Sciences. Students will pair reading, writing, and inquiry with hands-on experiences such as exploration and experimentation. Inspiring curiosity, our students learn to observe, ask questions, and test their theories through interactive projects and presentations. 

Spanish and Catalan

Both the Spanish and Catalan language classes are 100% immersion and follow the guidelines provided by the local department of education. Students are guided through the learning process by native language speakers. Special emphasis is placed on verbal communication skills, and students practice this by giving oral presentations on various topics. Vocabulary and grammar are also important components in this program.

I.C.T. - Integrated Technology Program 

We believe that combining education with technology is imperative for the learning process of our students. ICT skills are taught through inquiry based projects which allow students to communicate creatively and research effectively. We have a high speed Wi-Fi connection throughout the Elementary facility and each classroom is provided with a laptop for shared student use. With projectors in all classrooms, teachers are able to enhance teaching and learning through multi-media presentations.

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