Learning to learn”
our first objective
Our Preschool and Kindergarten, for students 3 to 5 years old, approach education in a familiar and welcoming environment where children can comfortably develop their first stages of academic learning.
Academic experiences based on creativity, respect and appreciation for the society and community in which we live provide ample opportunities to develop social skills and interactions. The resources and techniques we offer each child will allow them to learn through real and participatory experiences, just like life itself.
Students build knowledge through continuous practice and experience. Our educational program is based on the fundamental pillars of the American teaching philosophy:
Students develop number sense and numeracy skills as well through play and the use of manipulatives. The MAP Growth Assessment is used starting in Kindergarten as a continuous and individualized evaluation that will allow parents to understand the progress of their children as they develop their English literacy, language and math skills. Our students enjoy learning in a respectful, safe and loving environment with a creative and artistic atmosphere. Our academic staff gives personal attention to each of our students and fully adapts to their needs with different learning styles.
With the support of their teachers, our students will be ready to discover the real world and prepare for the beginning of an excellent educational journey.
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.
Support your children’s growth and development with the advantages of an American education.
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We encourage you to schedule a visit soon so you can see firsthand what it means to be a part of the ASLP Family.