ASM’s mission “to foster excellence through critical thinking and creativity; build resilience and character; promote responsible, global citizenship; and encourage lifelong learning” along with our Profile of the Graduate aims are the foundation for our curricular and co-curricular program.
At ASM, we believe that students learn best when we can educate the whole child by incorporating academic, creative, social and emotional learning domains into our curriculum. The educational environment we foster at ASM is clearly revealed in our Goals and to achieve these we maintain small student-teacher ratios to maximize opportunities for individualized, differentiated instruction. We provide a standards-based education for all of our students based on the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) framework and have incorporated character education at all levels and throughout our program. AERO standards and our Understanding by Design planning methodology assist us in providing comprehensive, engaging, and student centered program that focuses on developing the whole child.
A key component of our early childhood education program is literacy. At ASM we want our students to become confident readers who enjoy a variety of texts, are able to write for a variety of purposes, read to explore and problem-solve, and write to express themselves creatively and analytically. Using a variety of quality literature and leveled texts, students learn to decode, develop comprehension strategies, and become independent readers with an increasing degree of complexity as they develop at their own rate. They reflect on their reading, ask questions and learn about the 6 + 1 Traits of writing, and then use that knowledge to develop their own writing. All students acquire the skills to read and interpret informational text, learn to develop their own questions, and use the research process.
Our program features a strong backbone of assessments that helps teachers individualize instruction and guide students to their next step in becoming better readers and writers. Throughout the year, MAP testing and DRA testing occurs and each student’s progress is measured and curricular accommodations are made to ensure continuous improvement. Early intervention in specific areas and small group instruction help every child achieve his or her full potential.
For more information on our foundations documents, please go here.