Continuous learning within an engaging
and inclusive community
ASLP’s Elementary School educational program offers each of its students the possibility of developing their academic and personal skills in an engaging, constructive and supportive educational environment.
Communication and social interaction are two of the basic pillars in these early years. Students are encouraged to put their studies into practice in the real world, preparing them for success in any area of their lives. They learn through a specific English immersion program with core subjects and other more artistic, creative and critical thinking specialties.
The classroom environment enables students to receive the tools and structures necessary to spark their interest, explore their talents and passions, and drive their learning from a collaborative point of view with their peers and with the development of a sense of responsibility.
At the end of this stage, Elementary students have developed basic academic skills in a stimulating environment and will be prepared to take on the new challenges that await them in their next stage of Secondary School. Every student is a contributing member of the school community at The American School of Las Palmas.
ASLP is an Eco-School
As a school community we all agree that there is a need to pay better attention to our environment and to protect and preserve our environmental resources. Reducing carbon footprints, using green power, saving energy and recycling, are all issues that many communities face in their daily lives. Committing personally and as a whole community to greater environmental consciousness is one of the most important things that we can do as a school.
What does it mean to be an Eco-School?
Creating a whole school Eco-policy is not only beneficial for enhancing an overall sense of community and environmental awareness, it is the right decision to make as a center for learning. The American School of Las Palmas makes a commitment to our students and to the environment by educating our staff, students and parents and by helping to enhance awareness of these issues:
- Energy Conservation
- Waste Minimization
- Ecological Literacy
Our school community strives for Zero Waste through the use of recyclable materials and reusable bottles and containers. We ask that all members of our community pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle!
We have received official recognition from the International Eco-School organization and we proudly display our Eco-School green flag to the world. We recently participated in the Eco-School audit and we have received, once again, our official status as an Eco-School.
The Eco-Action Teams and the Eco-Council
Pre-school and Elementary school have Eco-action teams made up of students and teachers who meet regularly to come up with ideas and projects to promote environmental awareness, energy and waste reduction.
In Middle and Upper school we have an Eco-Council with members elected to represent each grade. All these teams together will form a whole school Eco-Council along with other members of the wider school community.
This prestigious anti-bullying program, developed by the Finnish Ministry of Education, has demonstrated effectiveness in rigorous scientific studies. This program aims to prevent bullying and effectively tackle the root of the issue which unfortunately are so common in schools. Our students are an active part of the program and learn how to manage their emotions based on respect and tolerance in order to promote understanding and social sensitivity.
The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Growth Assessment allows us to evaluate student progress, three times a year, in the areas of reading and mathematics from Kindergarten to Second Grade. Starting in Third Grade, we also assess language usage. This tool provides us with real-time, accurate information about each student, thus supporting teachers and students in their common goal: to learn at their highest level.
MAP Growth is not a standardized evaluation experience; it is personalized and flexible. The program identifies and adapts to the level of academic difficulty that the student is able to manage, regardless of the course. This type of assessment challenges the highest performing students without overwhelming those whose skills are below grade level. In addition, each student can take the time they need to finish the test, it can be completed in more than one sitting or even on different days. Likewise, MAP Growth includes a series of accommodations for students with specific educational and/or academic needs. The MAP Growth Assessment is used for grades Kindergarten through 10th grade at ASLP. Families receive a student growth report after each administration and students set SMART goals with their teachers. These goals are then monitored throughout the year with students able to chart their own progress and reflect on their goals.
At ASLP, we have developed a Balanced Literacy Approach in the classroom to promote complete English literacy development among students, K-5th grade. This balanced approach will help students learn to read and become lifelong learners.
What is the Balanced Literacy Approach?
Balanced literacy is about balancing explicit language instruction with independent learning and language exploration. It aims to strike a balance between both whole language and phonics when learning to read. The strongest elements of each are incorporated into a literacy program that aims to guide students toward proficient and lifelong reading. A typical balanced literacy framework consists of five components including read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, and word study. Our teachers are trained in Balanced Literacy and set up their classrooms to support these structures.
All 5th to 10th grade ASLP students are part of the iPad program and will use their iPads as a tool for, of, and as learning.
We have integrated iPads into the learning process to promote proficient users, independent learners, critical thinkers, and creative individuals and partners. By the end of Middle School, students will demonstrate proficient conceptual understanding, capacity and competence in the use of this digital tool and its primary resources:
- Visual Thinking.
- Mental Mapping.
- Flipped Classroom dynamics.
- Audiovisual Creation.
ASLP partners with Banana Computer to offer families a complete iPad package. Families purchase an iPad directly from Banana Computer and it is configured for our school’s program. Students are then responsible for bringing their iPad to school, using it appropriately in the classroom and on campus as well as making sure that it is kept in good working order.
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