We believe that children learn best when they feel safe and welcomed and that children need direct instruction in order to develop the skills necessary to be active participants in their learning. AoA Elementary students receive direct instruction in all content areas, and we actively work to develop in each student a deep-seated sense of belonging at our school. Furthermore, the students engage in three, in-depth units in our equity studies program over the course of the year; equity studies is history taught with a social justice lens. In addition to coursework in core, academic subjects, our students also have weekly instruction in Spanish, Music, and Physical Education.
How Social Justice is Embedded in our Program
Our academic program and school culture are informed by, and aligned to, an anti-bias approach. In anti bias education (ABE) children learn to be proud of who they are, to respect human difference, to recognize bias, and to stand up for what is right. ABE filters into everything that we do and informs not only our social studies program but also our bi-weekly assemblies, our classroom libraries, the curriculum that we chose, how we interact with our families, and so much more. Our graduates will leave our school with a sense of community that transcends the traditional borders of race, culture, gender, and socioeconomic status. Through a rich social studies focus and a comprehensive approach to educating the whole child, we aim to equip all of our students with the skills and perspectives necessary to become fully engaged members of their communities.
After School Program
Our afterschool program features a wide range of activities and enrichment. In addition to a daily snack and homework time, students have the opportunity to learn new skills like karate, jewelry making, and hip hop dancing while also participating in field trips, a talent show, and more. The program is open to all students enrolled at AoA Elementary and is a fee-based program with a sliding scale pay structure. There is not a cap on enrollment in the program and all families who meet the registration deadline are automatically enrolled.