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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.