Primary School at GVS
When you walk into our school, besides the tenderness of the little ones in Montessori who are learning how to read their first words and discovering by themselves, you also find many eyes that look for more. Those eyes are Primary School students who eagerly want to explore the world in front of them. Across the hallways, you listen to teachers answering questions and guiding the students through projects and varied activities that lead to a meaningful learning. To discover more about Primary School at Golden Valley it is necessary to answer some questions.
At Golden Valley School, we are proud to offer quality educational services. Our commitment is to put forth our best in everything we do: in our beautiful and spacious campus, in our excellent programs, and in our daily service to the families with whom we work.
In this way, we ensure our students are receiving excellence in education.
Golden Valley Primary School offers its students a trilingual education in an international curriculum framework that focuses on the development of the whole child and his/her sense of inquiry and discovery, promoting the development of divergent thinking, both within the class and in the world that surrounds him/her. In this manner, boys and girls become better men and women who will be able to face the challenges of the future, simultaneously fortifying their spirituality and values.
The school offers children a safe, supportive environment of socialization and supervision, while learning practical life skills.
The curriculum for Primary School includes the following core subjects:
- English (Language Arts, Reading and Writing)
- Social Studies
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Life skills
- Physical Education
Our students have the opportunity to participate in many international programs, exchanges and camps. For instance, they can obtain the German language certification sponsored by the German government through the Goethe Institute. They can also be part of an exchange to Germany during Christmas and New Year’s Eve when they travel to this country to spend 5 weeks with a German family and have the opportunity to attend school during this time.
Additionally, students can also attend soccer camps in other countries. They have already experienced the high level of teams like Borussia Dortmund. Every year, this kind of activities are waiting for more participants.
All core courses are evaluated through continuous formative and summative assessment, including projects and exams. Differentiated instruction practices support the success of all students.
One essential part of our evaluation process is the standardized tests that our students face since the very first moment they start the process of admission. Students complete an international, computerized test called Map Testing that measures individual progress in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage. Each student completes an adaptive exam created exclusively for his/her level. Results track academic growth and development across school years.
We also applied other kind of standardized tests in subjects like Math, English and Spanish that allows us to make decisions to improve not only our students’ teaching and learning process, but also teachers’ instructional methodology and the school as a whole.
In support of student learning, the GVS campus offers extensive, well distributed open areas with complete WI-FI access for outdoor classes and cross-curricular activities. There are also fully equipped Science and Computer Labs. Sports can be practiced in our soccer field, basketball court and our Multi-purpose Room. Cafeteria service is offered on a daily basis.
- Attend to the academic, social and emotional well-being of our students.
- Encourage students to develop their independence and assume responsibility for their own learning.
- Support students’ efforts to understand the world and learn to interact within it.
- Help students to establish personal values that will constitute the base from which they will develop and prosper.
- Ensure our students also preserve their own language, culture and traditions.
- Educate our students to become real agents of change with their families, friends, in their future jobs, and in the world in general.
Golden Valley School offers an online grade reporting system through which students and parents can view students’ progress in real time. Teachers update information daily and are able to communicate instantly with students and parents, and vice versa. We also have emails for our staff and from 3rd Grade on, our students get their own email.
- Family Day
- Health Week
- Race for Peace/Peace Ambassadors
- Science Fair
- Ecological Festival
- Talent Show
- Trip Around the World
- Christmas Festival
- Updated, age-appropriate developmental programs
- Age-appropriate activities and materials
- Teachers’ professional development
- Respect for the value of each student as an individual
- Environmental protection and ecological awareness
- Consistent, effective communication with parents
- Safety in the classes and during recess
- Clean, safe campus.