Mission/Beliefs of our school
Our mission is to educate independent, critical-thinking, responsible, bilingual individuals prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
We believe that:
• our students, as individuals, have unique intellectual, social, emotional and physical characteristics and needs;
• all students can learn and they learn most effectively when they are actively engaged in the learning process, when they are faced with challenging expectations and when they are held to clearly defined standards of excellence;
• learning should take place within a physically and psychologically safe environment;
• all members of the school community, which includes faculty, staff, parents, and students, share the responsibility for accomplishing our mission;
• continuous improvement is essential to providing the quality educational opportunities for our students.
The American School of Guatemala is an independent, non profit, non-denominational, college preparatory institution offering a rigorous academic program modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies of the United States. It is founded on the principles of co-educational, bi-cultural (Guatemala-United States), bilingual (Spanish-English) teaching. Respect for religious, political, social, and ethnic diversity is a fundamental part of the School’s identity. The School is accredited by a U.S. regional organization and, as a laboratory school, serves as an educational resource to the community.
1. To be prepared to continue their studies in universities in Guatemala, the United States, or other countries.
2. To have the skills essential for fluency in speaking, reading, and writing both English and Spanish.
3. To be actively engaged in, and responsible for, their own learning.
4. To develop the thinking skills and values to become self-motivated, life-long learners.
5. To strengthen positive character traits and ethical values in order to become actively and responsibly involved in the community.
6. To enhance their creativity and individual talents in specific areas of interest through participation in a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities, such as sports, music, arts and drama.
7. To develop habits and attitudes conducive to physical and emotional well-being.
8. To develop the skills to access, evaluate, and communicate information for academic purposes, as a result of a comprehensive and integrated technology program, incorporating multimedia.
9. To interact with a highly qualified faculty whose members are offered opportunities for continuous professional development in accordance with the needs of the School.
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