Lower School

The Lower School is a learning environment for grade 1 to 5 students, which allows them to be challenged and successful, gaining confidence and understanding through a curriculum that is varied and complete by design.

Academic Overview

The Lower School is a learning environment for grade 1-5 students which allows them to be challenged and successful, gaining confidence and understanding through a curriculum that is varied and complete by design.

The IB Primary Years Programme begins in the ECC and continues into the Lower School, where students and teachers design units of inquiry around six trans-diciplinary themes: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves and Sharing the Planet. In grade 5, students prepare their culminating PYP exhibition, which encompasses their entire experience with the PYP. This process is done through the collaboration of teachers and mentors by giving students the opportunity to demonstrate the IB Learner Profile, PYP attitudes and international-mindedness

Facilities

The Lower School building provides 40 homeroom classrooms, special classrooms for art, music, hands-on-center, Language Learning Center, Library Learning Center, a multipurpose room adjacent to the building, two playing fields, a playground area, office spaces and other green areas for recreation. The colorful PA Plaza is a popular place for lunch and is the main meeting point for activities during and after school.

Counselors

Counselors are involved in all aspects of student life. Programs include classroom observations, individual short-term and small groups counseling, crisis intervention and communication regarding student progress with outside professionals. LS counseling also offers parent conferences to discuss academic, behavioral or emotional needs of their children.

Counselors

Claudia Ortega
Grade 1
Ruth Garza
Grade 2 and 4
Pablo Guerrero
Grade 3 and 5

Student Activities

ASF not only cares about students' academic advancement. The arts, athletics and other activities play a key role. Sometimes there could be up to ten to twenty activities going on (or off) at campus at any given time. ASF is fortunate to have an Activity Specialist in each of the 4 divisions. The activity specialist is responsible for building a comprehensive program that focuses on student leadership and community building among students, faculty and parents. Each Division plans and oversees a broad range of activities and events that enhance the school’s overall social, cultural, service learning, recreational and educational efforts, particularly within the division. The activity specialist is responsible for overseeing all student activity organizations and social events and appoints and supports faculty sponsors and club sponsors.

Contact

Diego Zaragoza
Head of Lower School