Our curriculum consists of all those activities designed or encouraged within its organizational framework to promote the intellectual, personal, social, and physical development of its students. It includes the formal program of lessons and the “hidden” program which includes extracurricular activities, the quality of relationships and the concern for equality of opportunity. We believe our children have the right to education of quality.
At American Academy School (AAS), we provide a secure, stimulating, and caring environment in which both teaching of the highest quality and learning to the highest standards can flourish:
- We promote the value of learning and develop enthusiasms for personal development.
- We sustain and enhance the quality and accessibility of learning opportunities for all.
- We secure commitment to achievement through involvement and consultation with outside agencies.
- We monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum in raising Student achievement.
The Principles and Values
The following principles and values indicate our school’s approach in supporting both the learning process and curriculum entitlement:
Learning must be guided by and meet the American Common Core Curriculum requirements and entitlements.
- Learning is most effectively achieved through the partnership among students, teachers, parents, SMT, School Governors, and the wider community.
- Learning is a lifelong process in which schools play a highly significant part.
- Learning should develop lively and enquiring minds.
- Learning for all should ensure the needs and abilities of all students are met.
- Students are entitled to consistent, high-quality education and guidance to help them make informed, responsible, and increasingly independent choices about their personal and academic aspirations.
- A coherent curriculum is central to an effective learning process.
- Learning should take place within an ethos which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of all young people, valuing all and ensuring equality of opportunity.
- The regular assessment of learning enables the recognition, recording, reporting and celebration of students’ achievements. It supports the identification of future targets for teaching and learning.
- Baseline assessment should inform target setting for all students.
- Assessment should be an integral part of the learning process, and this should be shared with children and their parents; Learning should have relevance, depth, breadth, rigor and provide a balance between the aesthetic, creative, ethical, linguistic, mathematical, physical, political, scientific, and technological.
Quality of the Learning Process.
Best learning will occur where:
- New learning is placed in the context of previous experience.
- There is a clear sense of purpose and appropriate pace.
- Students are able to work both individually and collaboratively.
- Students are encouraged to take an increasing responsibility for their own learning.
- Students know what they are expected to do and are confident about the tasks set.
- There is an atmosphere of order, mutual trust, and respect.