Colegio Maya Elementary aims to make learning relevant and meaningful to students by adopting an inquiry-based, integrated curriculum, which focuses on the whole child as a learner. We recognize that children come to us as distinct individuals with unique experiences, backgrounds, abilities and interests. Our teachers promote cross-cultural understanding, and differentiate instruction to meet students’ varying needs, abilities and learning styles. We provide a balanced educational program within a safe, stimulating environment so that each child can learn and grow to his/her greatest potential.
At Colegio Maya Elementary School we place a high priority on helping children develop strong competencies and conceptual understandings in literacy. These are developed through an underlying foundation of Balanced Literacy. Balanced Literacy is a philosophy and framework for how we approach literacy instruction here at Colegio Maya. This framework is built on a research-based understanding that the most effective literacy instruction incorporates a balance of the following components More details about Balanced Literacy.
Here at Colegio Maya, we use a comprehensive math curriculum that equips teachers to fully meet standards for mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. What we teach focuses on building a deeper understanding of basic concepts before engaging more abstract ones. It also emphasizes developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. More about our Numeracy.
Students who experience inquiry learning “come to understand that they are able to acquire knowledge they desire, in virtually any content domain, in ways they can initiate, manage, and execute on their own, and that knowledge is empowering” Kuhn, Black, Keselman & Kaplan (2000)
Inquiry is a process by which teachers guide students to create their own understanding of the world in which they live. With the teacher’s help, students formulate meaningful questions they want to learn the answers to, explore the evidence they find, construct and test theories of why and what happens as a result, demonstrate their learning of the topic and then reflect and act upon what they have learned. Many times, the resulting action comes in a form that connects to the student’s own community and world. (Service Learning Projects begin in the Inquiry Units.)
Because students are an integral part of the inquiry process, there becomes a deep connection from the student to his learning and then to his surrounding world. More about Inquiry.
Colegio Maya believes in the holistic nature of children and integrates the arts in Music, Drama and Art class as well as Physical Education, Library, and Technology. Through these courses, students are exposed to musical instruments, theater, multiple art techniques and concepts, sports, physical fitness and adventure units, books from multiple cultures, and robotics and coding. Teachers also work together to integrate these components into the regular classroom, creating special projects and Inquiry Units.
Students come to Colegio Maya with a variety of learning needs, both linguistically and academically. Through Support Services, students are given the tools they need to be able to be productive in our educational setting.
Here at Colegio Maya Elementary, we place a high value on become people with positive character traits. Students develop and practice building positive character through unstructured time. Students spend some of this time on our new Playscape.
With many natural components, students create their own games and enjoy time in nature at the during snack recess and lunchtime.
It is an exciting time to be a child at Colegio Maya!