Lower School

Welcome From The Principal

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Welcome to the American School of Marrakesh. We are a loving, inclusive community of students, parents and staff who are actively engaged in working together at Building Bridges across Cultures socially, emotionally and intellectually. In the Lower School Division, we are committed to creating a safe and hospitable learning environment, challenging the intellect

in three languages and cultivating resilient, skilled leaders that have a beneficial rippling effect on the wonderful world around us. Moreover, our talented multilingual team of professionals are dedicated to developing a strong foundation of learning and time management skills in every student starting in preschool through Grade 5. Our teachers use research based teaching methods, the Second Step social-emotional learning system and meet the needs of every learner by developing a personal response to invention for every child.

We foster that love for knowledge and languages from an early age and the results are positive. The ASM Lower School takes our spirited youth on a journey of discovery in the core subjects of literacy, math, science and social studies. Then we compliment that with specialized instruction in art, music, computers, physical education, library science, Arabic, and French. Lower School students are further supported with health and learning services that help shape the whole child be it through counseling, ELL support or enrichment. Since a healthy, ebullient community balances academics with a fun After-School Activities program, you’ll find we also offer something for everyone so every child has the opportunity to build lasting relationships that will not only nourish them socially but reshape them as individuals.

Do come join the fun. I look forward to working with you and your child this year!
Sincerely,

Dawn Titafi
Lower School Principal

Educational Program

Our early childhood education features a balanced program allowing the children to learn and grow in a nurturing and welcoming school environment. We place special emphasis on the children’s social and emotional development. Students learn through fun and engaging classroom and outdoor activities. The children’s wellbeing is paramount to their academic success. For this reason, we work with the children to help them develop the character traits and the values needed for today’s complex world.

In addition to their core classes in Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities, the children also have classes in Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Physical Education as well as foreign languages. Arabic is introduced in Kindergarten while French is introduced in Second Grade. This rich and balanced curricular offering allows the children to thrive and to explore their passions and interests.

Beyond the classroom, the School is a vibrant community with a range of activities: cultural, academic, artistic, and interest-based. Our young children participate in field trips, co-curricular activities, school concerts, assemblies, etc. These activities and events nurture the children’s curiosity and develop their sense of exploration. An ASM student is a well-rounded individual with very strong academic skills, excellent character as well as a rich global perspective.

Field Trips

ASM values school excursions as they contribute to the development of our students by helping them become more civilized young men and women who possess knowledge of classical antiquity, stronger critical-thinking skills, increased historical empathy, higher levels of tolerance, and a greater appreciation for art and culture. The cultural heritage of Marrakesh is like no other in that it offers art, museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our Lower School field trip program affects students’ values and exposes them to a diversity of ideas, peoples, places, and time periods. Hands-on and virtual enrichment opportunities impart greater understanding and appreciation, as well as cultivate an interest among our students, so they return to these cultural institutions in the future.