In the primary years, children have a natural curiosity and desire to explore. Our elementary school is set in a unique natural environment within the safe campus of the Sanchez-Casal Academy. Surrounded by trees and ample green spaces, students have access to diverse spaces that provide opportunities to learn, explore and play, fostering natural inquiry, healthy habits, and unique learning opportunities.
We offer first through fifth grades. We are an international and culturally diverse school, priding ourselves on being a close-knit community that values each and every child and their unique journey through childhood.
During the important years of our students’ development, our main goal is to prepare our young students to become active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Our curriculum is offered within the framework of The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, IB PYP. It is designed to be internationally-minded, concept-driven, purposeful and challenging, focusing on the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the outside world. Our classes are inquiry-based, with an engaging, thematic approach through which we learn essential skills and gain knowledge of math, language, science, social studies, physical education, the arts, and robotics. We also offer Spanish and Catalan language classes at both native and non-native levels.
Elementary School Principal
Ms. Aisling Lawless
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.
STUDENT AGENCY AND ACTION
Our methodology and curricular framework are designed to help children have a voice, make choices and take ownership and responsibility for their own learning. We empower students to take action. This can be individual or collective action, through which the students understand responsibility and appreciate the benefits of working with others for a shared purpose. Examples of action in the PYP are: a change of attitude; a plan to take action in the future; involvement in school, local or global decision-making; or a positive contribution to the community.
THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
Our teachers work together with the families to support each child's learning. As a learning community, we organize multiple meetings and forums with our families. The objective of our parent forums is to give parents a voice, foster collaborative decision making, organize events, and discuss all aspects of the students’ development. As a community of IB learners, we strive to be good communicators, collaborate effectively, and listen carefully to the opinions of others. Our learning community models this through regular communication, newsletters, and reports. We also have our own elementary webpage which informs parents regularly about the learning that is happening in school and provides suggestions on how they can connect this learning with life at home.
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: