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Elementary and Middle School Student Profile

English Language & Literature

•    Finds the meaning of unfamiliar words by using the dictionary, glossary, thesaurus, and other word reference materials.
•    Reads a variety of literary forms including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  Demonstrates comprehension of reading material.
•    Uses analogies, similes, and metaphors in oral and written communication to amplify understanding.
•    Utilizes different communication skills in classroom or group discussions, states personal opinions, and understands different points of view. 

Distinguishes between fact and opinion.

•    Writes poems, short stories, fables, narratives, descriptions, and explanations.
•    Uses the writing process.  Plans, revises, and edits writing with emphasis on narratives, exposition, and persuasion.
•    Synthesizes information from a variety of sources.

Spanish Language and Literature

•    Understands syntaxes, grammar rules, and sentence structure in order to analyze texts.
•    Reads texts of different literary forms to reinforce spelling, vocabulary development, and literary styles.
•    Is able to paraphrase, summarize, and edit written texts.
•    Enriches vocabulary by reading.
•    Analyzes texts of increasing complexity to promote critical thinking and the development of different points of view.
•    Produces literary pieces such as essays, short stories, and poems.
•    Practices increasingly complex writing.
•    Is able to communicate ideas through oral presentations.

French

•    Is able to read and comprehend stories, poetry, newspaper articles, and magazines using the correct pronunciation.
•    Narrates and describes a story including emotions and desires.
•    Writes using different literary forms.
•    Compares and discusses present and past situations asking questions about current issues, using verbs, and phonics correctly.
•    Expands his/her vocabulary through different activities such as reading books, listening to French tapes, watching movies, and attending plays presented in French.
•    Applies his/her knowledge of grammar rules in oral and written communication.  
•    Writes simple and complex sentences in different tenses.  
•    Knows about different cultures of French speaking countries.

Mathematics 

•    Expresses clearly all computations and geometric figures.
•    Has an interest in learning numeric and geometric relationships.
•    Completes numeric sequences, determines the rule that generates a given sequence, and develops the sequence from formulas.
•    Recognizes the operations with natural numbers and solves expressions with grouping symbols and without them.
•    Shows proficiency in using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
•    Uses corresponding operations for different situations and refined estimation skills for computations and measurements.
•    Understands and applies ratios, proportions, and percentages in daily activities.
•    Is actively engaged in using concrete materials and technology (calculators or computers) in order to verify answers.
•    Formulates solutions for a problem by applying deductive reasoning.
•    Recognizes and uses units of length, capacity, mass, surface, and the relationship between them in the metric and English systems.
•    Compares, orders, and determines equivalent relationships between fractions, decimals, and percents, including scientific notation.
•    Simplifies expressions by using order of operations, mental mathematics, and appropriate technology.
•    Has complete proficiency in basic computation and mental calculus.
•    Solves multi-step equations with one variable.
•    Solves practical problems using proportions and linear equations.
•    Compares, contrasts, classifies, and draws figures in a plane.
•    Constructs three-dimensional models and determines their volumes and surface areas.
•    Applies probability and statistic concepts to make inferences.
 
Science

•    Has developed skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variable and repeated trials.
•    Plans and conducts research involving both lab experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic sources.
•    Prepares science projects in order to participate in science fairs and investigations.
•    Applies research methods and mathematical concepts in problem solving.  
•    Uses technology in order to enhance the understanding of science concepts.
•    Understands elementary biology chemistry, and physics concepts.
•    Understands the importance of having a good self-image.
•    Assumes responsibility in regards to his/her personal hygiene and diet.  
•    Describes ways to prevent fires and accidents. Knows appropriate procedures to follow in case of an emergency.
•    Identifies the negative effects of drug abuse and knows about drug - prevention programs.

Social Sciences
Our Social Studies program covers Asia & the Pacific, United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, China, the Holocaust, Native Americans, and the Ancient World.

•    Identifies and describes historical periods and patterns within and across cultures.
•    Describes cultural influences on scientific, technological choices and advancement in transportation and medicine.
•    Analyzes patterns in conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.
•    Describes instances of language, art, music, and belief systems that promote global understanding.
•    Understands basic economic concepts of different societies.

Civics

•    Relates personal changes to social, cultural, and historical contexts.
•    Describes the influence of family, gender, ethnicity, and nationality on people and historical events.     
•    Identifies and describes citizen’s rights and responsibilities.
•    Describes the purpose and functions of government.
•    Practices forms of civic discussion and participation according to the citizens' ideals in a democracy.
•    Examines the origin and relevance of substantive ideals of a democratic form of government: human dignity, liberty, justice, equality, and the rule of law.

Values Education

•    Understands the emotional and social skills needed to live healthy and productive lives.
•    Recognizes the uniqueness, talents, and skills of each student in the group, showing respect to people of different backgrounds and cultures.
•    Has acquired values through service and the practice of good citizenship.  
•    Strengthens commitment to family, peers, school, and community.
•    Has acquired a strong sense of responsibility in making the school community, family, and their environment a positive place to live.
•    Has developed the concept of working cooperatively in groups.
•    Understands key concepts regarding decision- making processes.
•    Identifies ways to deal with peer pressure and alternative positive ways students can support each other in the group.
•    Solves conflicts that can be settled by reaching a positive agreement.
•    Sets goals and works through realistic steps to achieve them.
•    Promotes a safe, healthy approach to life, free from the harm of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

Art and Music

•    Knows concepts of symmetry and perspective.   
•    Has knowledge about famous painters, sculptors, and musicians.
•    Identifies famous works of art and music.
•    Recognizes architectural styles from the Colonial Spanish, Renaissance, and its African influence.
•    Has knowledge about the art and architecture of Mexico, Central America, Chile, Peru, and Brazil, from Pre-Colombian to modern expressions.
•    Identifies the important characteristics of Egyptian, European, Greek, Roman, and Asian art and architecture.
•    Recognizes the historical relevance of famous monuments (e.g., The Great Wall, Taj Mahal, Buda Statues, and Pyramids).
•    Identifies the different periods of art throughout history.
•    Describes the difference between noise and sound.
•    Plays the flute.
•    Classifies different musical instruments according to their origin and use.
•    Knows how to read music by using the pentagram.  
•    Identifies the relationship between the Greek culture and Occidental music.
•    Has knowledge about Dominican music and its influence from Native Indians, African, and European cultures.
•    Recognizes the characteristics of Dominican music.  Differentiates it from the music played in other countries.

Physical Education 

•    Coordinates time and space according to the students’ bodies.
•    Has developed motor skills through different types of activities including dance, recreational games, gymnastics, and sports.  
•    Practices traditional and popular games to promote creativity.
•    Promotes confidence, self- discipline, and loyalty to the team.  
•    Has acquired a healthy sense of competition.
•    Coordinates activities to enhance environmental consciousness, such as field trips and camping.

Computer Science

•    Identifies and knows the way the external and internal components of computers work and the way that they are related.
•    Knows the historical development of computers and software.  
•    Handles files, diskettes, and basic configurations of operating systems (e.g., Windows).
•    Masters word processor software (e.g., Microsoft Word,).
•    Has developed typing skills.
•    Uses the Internet for research purposes.
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