Welcome to DCIS' Elementary,
It is with great joy that I welcome you to our innovative and dynamic Elementary division. Here, your children will experience the active and energetic environment that we provide through our educational practices. It is my main goal, as Principal, to make sure that all our children learn and foster skills that will endure and serve as a solid foundation for their middle and high school years.
After working at the Elementary division for thirteen years, I have witnessed how our students from age 7 grow and develop into well-rounded pre-teenagers ready to be challenged in the Middle School. The fondness and depth of our academic curriculum turns our school day into a fun and challenging experience where students´thinking becomes more complex and sophisticated . Standard based lessons provide our students with the development of top-notch competencies, which will aid them in their future learning.
Please use the information below to guide you into the discovery of the wonderful learning activities, educational principles, and experiences at our Academic Division. It is my wish that you find substantial information that will direct you into the understanding of our magnificent Elementary School.
Lesly Suazo Soler MSc.
Elementary School Principal
Who we are
DelCampo International School´s main objective in the primary grades is the development of cognitive skills in each student as the foundation for the secondary and university education.
Our Elementary Academic Program prepares students from grades one to five to achieve success in any Middle and/or High School program world wide. Students develop good character and work habits as a result of a firm foundation for the future. We engage our students in their learning, teach them to think critically, and build their knowledge so that each student applies what they have learned in other contexts.
Throughout the primary years students are required to engage in inquiry, analisis, knowledge construction and communications. Activities are chosen for the mere purpose of developing Higher Order Thinking Skills in our students. At DelCampo we not only promote Active Learning experiences where students have a dynamic role in what they learn, but also have a multimedia approach to learning which enables our students to develop creativity.
Our innovative elementary curriculum promotes the development of communication and collaboration skills. And our modern approach to teaching and learning shifted the role of the teacher in the classroom. Our teachers, rather then having our students sit quietly while new concepts are being introduced, they aid students into the connection of new information by having students explore and think critically.
Our English Language Arts program based on the Common Core State Standards aids students at all grade levels to develop the necessary skills that will allow them to communicate effectively, organize their ideas clearly, and to read and write independently in an enjoyable environment. Implementing novel reading in our classrooms broadens our students´ literature skills allowing them to experience and appreciate different writing styles, and to develop their own understanding of diverse cultures and traditions.
Science encourages the understanding of the processes for learning, experimenting, evaluating and following the scientific method. Students observe the world, question it, and try to discover the reason why things happen around them. Through research, collecting, and analyzing data they develop a hypothesis. They predict and test their ideas using concepts and the understanding of adequate terminology. DelCampo International School enhances the love for science by encouraging students to become "New Scientists" inviting them to observe, use a variety of resources and technology and analyze natural phenomena.
At DCIS, computer labs and iPads are used as a powerful tool for enriching our students´ learning. Technology is implemented through practical experiences in all subject areas. These tools, which have a wide variety of applications, are indeed ruling society. In order to keep up with the pace of today's growing technological needs, technological competency is imperative. Knowing about the basic components of a computer and the iPad, the concepts behind their use, and the know-how of the applications constitutes our class objectives.
Children develop critical thinking skills and the fundamental ideas of arithmetic numbers, geometry, data, measurement and algebraic thinking. Students are challenged to use mathematical tools, resources, and skills to interpret and solve everyday problems. Students build up their understanding through practical hands on activities. They are encouraged to explore, analyze, and discover the world through mathematics.
Social Studies provide students with the skills for productive problem solving and decision making, as well as for assessing issues and making thoughtful value judgments. Above all, the social studies program helps students to integrate these skills and understandings into a framework for responsible citizen participation, whether in their play group, the school, the community, or the world. Children develop an informed world-view to understand their unique role in a global context and how as individuals they contribute to society as global citizens.
Spanish Language Arts
Spanish language arts, iniciates with the learning and development of our mother tongue. Spanish is taught, for students to properly use forms of communications in different situations, and reflect on language usage. The integration of different literary genres is an important element in the development of the language as students are motivated to becoming independent readers. Writing in the mother tongue is imperative for spanish speaking students and the skills needed are acquired by the use of different teaching strategies where children are driven from simple sentences to the construction of full paragraphs.