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Elementary

191

Elementary Students

20

Nationalities

20

Full-time Certified Teachers

6

Teaching Assistants

Dr. Myong “Moo” Eiselstein

Elementary School Principal

When it comes to education, we believe that a holistic approach is necessary. Our goal is to develop our students’ intellectual, social, emotional, physical, mental, artistic, and creative potentials. We accomplish this through a rigorous curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of our students.


It all begins with our academic instruction. As an American school, our curriculum is based on the US Common Core State Standards for English, Math, and Social Studies. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world by learning step-by-step the real-world skills they need for career and college. The Common Core is designed to develop any learner no matter where they come from or where they live – to receive a world-class education that’s consistent from school to school, and graduate ready to contribute to the future of our global society.

 

Alongside the common core, St. Paul also follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for our science curriculum and the National Core Standards for art, music, and physical education. Our Information Technology classes follow the ISTE standards.

 

We monitor student progress using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and WIDA (for English Language Learners) assessments. Our instruction is heavily focused on English Language Arts (ELA) and we track reading progress using the Fountas and Pinnell system. These tools make it possible for us to meet a student where they are in their academic journey so that we can help them progress at a pace that is ideal for them. Additionally, we offer our students plenty of opportunities to explore their creative and artistic sides through our Art, Music, IT, PE, and Beyond (after school) programs.

 

Our students face many challenges: over 75% of our students are living in a foreign country and this is their first experience in an international environment. They are taught in a language that differs from their native language and they must learn how to contribute to a school community that is culturally different from what they are used to. All of this is in addition to their regular developmental needs.

 

A major goal of education is to prepare our students to function in the world they will live in once they graduate from school. To prepare our students for this world, we teach our students foundational 21st-century skills, like critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Arming our students with these skills ensures their success in the future.

 

We have several programs and personnel in place to help our students thrive in our school community, and later in life. Our elementary school employs a full-time Guidance Counselor that identifies needs within our students and gives them the tools and resources they need to feel confident in our school. The counselor also assists students that are experiencing hardships and that need extra support. Additionally, we have a Learning Support Specialist who helps students with unique learning needs meet their goals and an Instructional Coach responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with and supporting teachers and administration, with the goal of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity.

Curriculum

 

It begins with our academic instruction. As an American school, our curriculum is based on the US Common Core State Standards for English and Math and the Minnesota State Standards for all other subjects. We monitor progress using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and WIDA (for English Language Learners) assessments. …

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How We Teach

Our students face many challenges: over 75% of our students are living in a foreign country and this is their first experience in an international environment. They are taught in a language that differs from their native language and they must learn how to contribute to a school community that is culturally different than what they are used to. All of this is in addition to their regular developmental needs. To help our students thrive in our school community, and later in life,  we have several programs and personnel in place. Our elementary school employs a full-time Guidance Counselor that identifies needs within our students and gives them the tools and resources they need to feel confident in our school. The counselor also assists students that are experiencing hardships and that need extra support….

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Counseling

 

St. Paul American school strives to provide a comprehensive counseling program supporting all students in gaining academic, college/career, social, and emotional skills to aid them in becoming productive global citizens. All students will participate in classroom, group, and/or individual lessons and activities that foster community and healthy relationships amongst students, staff, and the greater St. Paul community. We at St. Paul celebrate diversity and are inclusive of students from all cultures and backgrounds….

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Assessments

 

We monitor progress using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and WIDA (for English Language Learners) assessments. Our instruction is heavily focused on English Language Arts (ELA) and we track reading progress using the Fountas and Pinnell system….

 

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Beyond & Beyond +

 

A major goal of education is to prepare our students to function in the world they will live in once they graduate from school. To prepare our students for this world, we teach our students foundational 21st century skills, like critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Arming our students with these skills ensures their success for the future…

 

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