ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GUIDING PHILOSOPHY

At The American School (TAS), our goal is to educate students to become healthy and altruistic global citizens who understand the importance of academics and the arts. In our Elementary School, we are privileged to teach a diverse group of students from more than a dozen countries, the majority of whom are multi-lingual. At TAS we see this diversity of nationalities and languages as an opportunity for all to learn about new cultures and enjoy a variety of new experiences with our friends from around the world.

The Curriculum at The American School (TAS) follows standards from America (including Common Core) with English-only instruction and is created using the Understanding by Design format. “Understanding by Design” (UbD) is a framework for improving student achievement. Emphasizing the teacher's critical role as a designer of student learning, UbD works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities,” (www.authenticeducation.org).

Because of our large population of multi-language learners at TAS, our Elementary School puts a strong emphasis on English literacy instruction. Utilizing the UbD format and the Readers’ Workshop model, teachers are able to differentiate classroom instruction to meet the needs of the variety of learners we have here at TAS. Our Elementary Library is full of books that would interest any reader, new or experienced, and each classroom has a library of popular leveled-readers for their grade to help encourage a love of reading.

The TAS Elementary School also strives to have students who are math literate! Our math program utilizes Everyday Mathematics as a base for instruction. This reputable and rigorous program is very challenging, yet rewarding as it helps to build a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

Our globally focused AERO Social Studies standards and Next Generation Science standards provide our Elementary teachers with a solid foundation for creating interactive, project-based UbD units to enrich the students’ experience at TAS. Through these subjects, students will learn how to become responsible stewards of our earth and respectful participants in our global community, with a rich understanding of the importance of our past as a guide towards a better future.

Daily English-as-a-Second-Language Classes, Vietnamese Studies, and Vietnamese-as-a-Second-Language classes are provided as needed for students as a means to improve upon their language skills and Vietnamese cultural development. All Elementary students also attend twice-weekly Music, Art, Physical Education (PE) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) classes in order to help provide well-rounded educational opportunities for all of our students. Academics at the TAS Elementary School are the stepping stones for raising smart, healthy, artistic, and altruistic learners.

 

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Literacy

Because of our large population of multi-language learners at TAS, our Elementary School puts a strong emphasis on English literacy instruction. Common Core Literacy Standards form the foundation of our program. Utilizing the UbD format and the Readers’ Workshop model, teachers are able to differentiate classroom instruction to meet the needs of the variety of leaners we have here at TAS. Our Elementary Library is full of books that would interest any reader, new or experienced, and each classroom has a library of popular leveled-readers for their grade to help encourage a love of reading.

Mathematics

The TAS Elementary School also strives to have students that are math literate! Common Core Mathematics Standards correlate with our math program, Everyday Mathematics, as a base for instruction. This reputable and rigorous program is very challenging, yet rewarding as it helps to build a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. All students in from Kindergarten through grade 5 receive Math instruction in:

  • Number and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Data and Chance
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Geometry
  • Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

Social Studies and Science

Our globally focused AERO Social Studies standards and Next Generation Science standards provide our Elementary teachers with a solid foundation for creating interactive, project-based UbD units to enrich the students’ experience at TAS. Through these subjects, students will learn how to become responsible stewards of our earth and respectful participants in our global community, with a rich understanding of the importance of our past as a guide towards a better future.

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Special Classes

Daily English as a Second Language Classes, Vietnamese Studies, and Vietnamese as a Second Language classes are provided as needed for students as a means to improve upon their language skills and Vietnamese cultural development. All Elementary students also attend twice-weekly Music, Art, Physical Education (PE) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) classes in order to help provide well-rounded educational opportunities for all of our students. Academics at the TAS Elementary School are the stepping stones for raising smart, healthy, artistic, and altruistic learners.

Please feel free to check out some of our Classroom Blogs, run by our teachers, to get a feel for a classroom experience here at TAS: