Academics in the Ateneo de Davao Grade School
The Ateneo de Davao Grade School offers excellent instruction and formation. It has been granted the Level III Re-accredited Status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) for having successfully met industry standards. It has also fulfilled all the accreditation requirements of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs that meet standards of quality education.
The Vision, Mission, and Goals of the University drive the academic programs of the Grade School. Age-appropriate mission-driven learning activities and tasks are integrated into the curriculum, instruction, and assessment of the different learning areas. Programs are regularly evaluated and enhanced to ensure alignment with the VMG.
The Grade School has a well-articulated curriculum that prepares the pupils for the new academic challenges in the Junior High School, Senior High School, and even in Higher Education.
To better respond to the needs of its learners, the school has enhanced the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education. Science and Information Technology (IT) subjects are offered as early as Grade 1. Swimming is part of Physical Education (PE) and is offered from Preschool to Grade 6. The school has special academic programs such as the Special Class, the Education for the Gifted Elementary Students (EDGES), and the Bridges. The Special Class is for the foreign pupils who need special instruction in English, Filipino, and Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies). The EDGES caters to the unique learning needs of pupils who are gifted in English, Science, and Math. The Bridges is a program that provides support for pupils who struggle with Math and Reading. Instructional intervention is also available for pupils who have difficulty in their daily lessons.
Ateneo pupils are taught using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP). This way of teaching, which is patterned after the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is characterized by the following: Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation. The teachers make efforts in knowing their pupils’ life experience, prior knowledge, environment, physical condition, and emotional situation because they understand that the pupil’s context has a great effect on learning. The pupils have myriad opportunities to experience lifelong learning. School activities allow every pupil to grow in knowledge and in character. In class, learners ask questions, investigate facts, organize information, find connections, construct meaning, draw hypotheses, use their imagination, create new things, reason out, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others. Reflection is also a big part of school life. Every class provides the learner with opportunities to engage in a thoughtful reconsideration of a lesson, an experience, or an idea in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of the subject matter and of oneself in relation to others and to God. Having reflected on a learning experience, the pupil is expected to make wise choices and to do good deeds — this is action. Ateneo education is concerned not only about pupils’ progress in terms of academic achievement but also about their well-rounded growth as persons for others. Hence, pupil evaluation has two components: academic performance and character development.
Our academic programs, along with all the other school programs, mold every pupil into the kind of graduate the Ateneo de Davao Grade School envisions – an Ateneo de Davao sui generis leader.
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