ASA Elementary school Specials and Support

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Guiding Statements


ASA students are successful, productive, and positive members of their local and global communities.


The ASA provides an internationally recognized college preparatory education, fully accredited in the USA, which emphasizes academic excellence within a well-rounded program. ASA staff and parents foster a mutually supportive, tolerant school community with high ethical standards in academic and social life, fully utilizing the richness of the school’s cultural and international diversity. The ASA values individual students and enables their full development to produce successful, confident, adaptable, and responsible members of their community.

Guiding Principles/Values:

1. Students will be challenged and guided to realize their full potential for academic, physical, social, and emotional development. They will develop the ability to think critically and creatively, apply their learning to new situations, plan and organize, solve problems, research, and learn independently and collaboratively. The students will gain satisfaction from academic and extra-curricular accomplishment in a supportive, caring, and safe environment that nurtures students' social and emotional well-being.

2. Students will study a balanced, varied, well-articulated, and integrated curriculum that incorporates English language arts, reading and literature, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, drama, physical education, foreign language, and information technology. Students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively through all subject areas. They will particularly develop the skills to express themselves clearly and creatively in English, especially in writing.

3. Students will learn from a program that reflects the international multicultural perspective and insights about world history, cultures, and people with a special focus on Madagascar and their home countries. The academic program will feature direct field experiences in Madagascar as well as participation in service learning. The educational program will utilize the unique location to enrich students’ cultural understanding and appreciation of our host country. The students will also gain an international multicultural perspective through information and insights about other countries, particularly their home countries, communicated through as many subjects and activities as possible.

4. Students will be able to participate in diverse extra-curricular activities, with an emphasis on sports, art, drama, music, social development, and visual technology that stimulate and develop the students’ interests and talents, and promote social interaction within the community at large.

5. Students will learn in ways that are active, engaging, and stimulating. Students will develop the attitudes, motivation, and skills necessary to be life-long learners. They will learn how to build good learning habits that will lead to maximizing the learning process. The learning process will include current methods that address students’ individual needs, talents, and interests and will also promote development of teamwork skills. The students will learn how to use and incorporate modern technology as an integral part of their learning process. Faculty will inspire students to strive for academic, social, ethical, physical, and emotional growth.

6. Students will develop within a personal, caring, and secure environment that consciously uses the potential of a small school and class size. To this end, close and open communication among teachers, administration, parents, and students will be encouraged. The school will create opportunities for structured interaction between different classes, serving to promote and stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning among the younger students while developing a sense of responsibility and community among the older students.

7. Students will be challenged and guided to realize their full potential for human achievement. They will develop a sense of respect, responsibility, understanding, and concern toward all other people. Students will build self-esteem by being exposed to a variety of opportunities in which they will experience success. They will acquire the work habits, self-confidence, and social and emotional maturity they need to adapt to change, succeed in their next schools, and become effective, sensitive adults.