Dear ECC and Elementary Families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the American School of Recife, ECC and Elementary Division. Our Early Childhood Center, ECC, services children in Nursery, Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten. Our Early Childhood Program provides a child-centered environment where students experience learning that is continually progressive and focuses on discovery. We are dedicated to the growth of each student as they develop communication skills, and most importantly, actively participate in the learning process by exploring and discovering through hands-on and other meaningful experiences. Our ECC offers children a variety of choices provided within a carefully planned indoor and outdoor environment. Emphasis is on learning through play in an environment planned to encourage discovery, independence, and social interaction.

The Elementary School at EAR is dedicated to providing a safe environment that is conducive to the academic and social emotional growth of every student. We know that each child has strengths and we help them build on these, allowing for their individuality, diversity, and uniqueness. Our highly trained staff use a wide variety of instructional resources and frequent formative and summative assessments to monitor student learning. They use this information to design instruction that addresses the individual needs and learning styles of all students. Our curriculum is designed following the AERO Common Core Standards in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Writing, Math, and Social Studies. We also follow the Next Generation Science Standards. All of these subjects are taught in English. Every effort is made to develop higher-level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in an English language setting.

As well as offering the core subjects of math, language arts, science, and social studies, we have a strong specialist curriculum in Art, Music, Physical Education, Information Technology, and Spanish. Our Brazilian Studies department offers daily instruction in Portuguese and weekly Brazilian History and Geography.

We believe the education of the child is the shared responsibility of the school and family and work to foster a strong home/school partnership. As we work together as members of the EAR community we are confident that you and your child will have a memorable and dynamic year filled with meaningful learning experiences. We look forward to working closely with parents and students during the school year.

In Partnership,

Nursery, Pre-Kinder 3 Pre-Kinder 4, Kindergarten Grades 1-5
Beginning English (Listening and Speaking) Continuing English (Listening and Speaking, beginning Writing & Reading) English Language Arts
Math Readiness Introductory Math Mathematics
Introductory Science Concepts Science Concepts Science Concepts
Social Studies Concepts Social Studies Concepts Social Studies Concepts
Music Music Music
Art Art Art
Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education
Spanish Songs Spanish Spanish
Librarian Visits Physical Education Technology
Library Library
Portuguese Language Portuguese Language+Brazilian Social studies and Geography PSOL (Portuguese for students of other Languages)

Ellen Griffiths
ECC/Elementary Principal