Academic Program

The Academic program of the Ateneo Grade School supports the mission-vision of the school - that of producing persons-for-others who are competent, socially-oriented and spiritually grounded. At the core of this program is the Christian Life Education which is both taught as an academic subject and integrated in the different subject areas.

Christian Life Education (CLE)
CLE aims to form the whole person, imbued with the knowledge and love of God and fellowmen. The CLE program hopes to develop in the student, better knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, thus promoting a faith that gives better meaning to the Jesuit thrusts of “social justice,” “becoming a man-for-others,” and “simplicity of lifestyle.” This improved understanding and awareness of the faith should flow completely into an ability to relate with others in love, to follow what is morally right and to pray alone and with others.
The general objectives include the DMW: doctrine (believing), morals (doing) and worship (praying). CLE aims to integrate the mind, will and heart.

Communication Arts
The Communication Arts Program aims to develop the students’ communication skills in both Filipino and English: Filipino because it is a vehicle for the transmission of the Filipino culture, including basic Filipino thoughts, sentiments, concepts and values; and English because it is one of the global languages.

Language (PS)
The English Language Arts Program aims to develop the students’ communicative and linguistic competence with emphasis on the four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing and the different communicative functions effectively, both in conversing with others and as a tool to understand.
The English Language Arts Program provides various avenues for self-expression like the Speak-up and Paragraph Writing. It is also enhanced by curricular activities such as the Elocution and Spelling contests.

Reading (PS)
The Reading Program aims to develop in the students skills and abilities in reading: oral reading, listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, comprehension, work-study skills, critical and creative thinking, values and a lifetime love for reading. It aims to equip the students with skills, attitudes, values, and habits necessary for life-long learning.

The Reading Program utilizes story-based lessons of different literary genre to develop and enhance comprehension and word and work study skills. It also includes Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) which gives students more opportunities to read for pleasure; the Media Instruction Program (MIP) which offers lessons on work study skills and media education.

The PS offers differentiated programs for specialized needs in Reading. Remedial Reading programs such as the Prep Tracking and Grade 1 Early Reading Intervention Program are meant to assist students who require special attention.
The Reading program is enhanced by curricular activities like the Interpretative Reading contests and the Choral Exhibitions.

English (MS)
The English Language Arts Program aims to develop the students’ communicative and linguistic competence. It gives emphasis to the four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing and to the different communication functions. Lessons are presented through various forms of texts that also focus on higher order thinking skills of persuading, analyzing, and synthesizing. The approach combines both social language and academic language. It relies primarily on learning strategies and student-centered activities that enable the students to use English more effectively, both in conversing with others and as a tool to understand the other content areas.

Nilalayon ng programa ng Filipino ang patuloy na pag-unlad ng mga mag-aaral sa pakikinig, pagsasalita, pagbabasa, pagsusulat, at pag-iisip. Layunin din nito ang matulungan ang mga mag-aaral na mapahalagahan ang pamana ng kulturang Pilipino. Ang Wika at Pagbasa ay magkasanib sa programa. Ginagamit ang iba’t ibang uri ng panitikan upang mabigyan ang mga mag-aaral ng pagkakataong gamitin ang wikang Filipino sa kanilang pakikisalamuha at pagpapahayag ng mga saloobin. Sila ay nakikilahok sa mga gawaing nagbibigay sa kanila ng pagkakataong mahasa ang kanilang mga kasanayan sa pagsasalita, pakikinig, pagsusulat at pagbabasa.

Araling Panlipunan
Nilalayon ng programa ang malinang sa mga mag-aaral ang kamalayang panlipunan na nagdudulot ng pagiging responsableng pagkamamayan sa isang pamayanan. Nakikilahok ang mga mag-aaral sa iba’t ibang gawaing panlipunan sa mga pamayanan. Natututuhan nila ang tungkol sa kasaysayan ng ating kultura, ang impluwensya ng ibang mga kultura at ang heograpiya ng ating bansa. Tinatalakay din ang mahahalagang isyung panlipunan. Nagsisilbing hamon ito sa mga mag-aaral upang maging mapanuri at aktibo sa pagtugon sa isang makatarungan, makatao at mapayapang mundo. Upang mapalalim ang kahalagahan ng paksa, nakapaloob sa programa ang pag-uulat sa mga kasalukuyang kaganapan, lakbay-aral, at mga gawaing pananaliksik.
Pinagsanib ang programa ng Araling Panlipunan at Filipino sa Primary School. Ang Araling Panlipunan ang nagsisilbing konteksto para sa pagpapaunlad ng mga kasanayan sa Filipino.

AP/Fil (Grades 1-3)
Ang kurikulum ng Filipino sa mga nasabing baiting ay pinagsanib sa Araling Panlipunan. Binigyan daan ito upang ang interdisciplinary approach ay maipatupad nang lubusan. Ang teksto ng mga aralin sa Filipino ay hango sa Araling Panlipunan. Pangunahing kasanayan sa pagbasa, pagsulat, at pagsasalita ay binibigyan diin sa mga antas na ito.

The Mathematics program aims to demonstrate understanding and skills in computing with considerable speed and accuracy, estimating, communicating, thinking analytically and critically, and in solving problems in daily life. It continues to emphasize conceptual understanding, skill proficiencies and thinking skills in the learning of mathematics. The program is designed to help the young students acquire a basic competency in the essential mathematics concepts and skills and their application to daily life. It aims to create a meaningful balance between skills in computation and an understanding of concepts through guided discovery and problem solving.

As part of a holistic formation of responsible citizens, science education at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School develops in its students outstanding scientific competencies and attitudes in the context of Ignatian values and global realities, so that they may become effective agents of change and stewards of environment.

The Science Education of the Ateneo Grade School seeks to engage students in active learning using various approaches so that they may attain an enhanced awareness and understanding of the physical world, to hone their investigative skills so that they may develop critical thinking and creativity, and to imbue them with attitudes and values that will help them make informed decisions on issues and act in the best interest of society as may be appropriate to their level of development.

The program is based on the Kodaly concept, a philosophy of music pioneered by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly. It aims to develop a love for Music supported by understanding and knowledge of basic musical skills including reading and writing. The method is child- developmental, experiential and highly sequential and looks on singing as the essence of learning.

The Art Program is based on the Project Method, an art education approach which seeks to develop creative and mental growth through art production. As students engage in self- expression through given topics and a variety of art media suited to their developmental stages, they learn the art vocabulary and concepts related to four domains: psychomotor (drawing, painting, cutting, and pasting), cognitive (elements and principles of art), affective (art appreciation and other inherent values) and expressive (creativity and visual communication). Topics are elicited, through motivation, from students’ life experiences, art subject matter, other disciplines and subject areas, and Filipino culture.

Sining at Paggawa (SiPag)
Nilalayon ng programa ang maranasan ng mga mag-aaral ang praktikal na gawaing magpapaunlad sa kanilang mga kasanayan, pag-uugali at pagpapahalaga na magtuturo sa kanila ng pagmamahal sa trabaho at pagpapahalaga sa dignidad ng paggawa. Ito ay nagbibigay ng iba’t ibang karanasan sa pagluluto, paggawa sa kahoy, at kuryente. Natututo ang mga mag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng paggawa, maging sa pagpaplano ng proyekto, paggamit ng kasangkapan o pagsunod sa proseso ng pagluluto.

Computer Education
The Computer Education of the Ateneo de Manila Grade School is an integral part of the overall Academic Program of the school. Directly supervised by the Science Subject Area Coordinator, the Computer Program is under the control and management of the Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs who reports directly to the School Headmaster, the head of the Grade School Department of the Ateneo de Manila University. The Computer Center, on the other hand, is under the supervision of a service unit coordinator, who oversees the proper acquisition, use and management of all computer-related software and hardware.

The impact of information technology in our society, which we cannot ignore as computers are quickly finding their way into every aspect of our lives and the lives of the children, has greatly guided us to plan out a Computer Education Program for Middle School Grades Four, Five, Six and Seven.

The Computer Education Program aims to develop individuals who can function effectively in society through familiarity with present day technology. The program allows students to develop and enhance the computer literacy skills through the use of various computer languages.


The Computer Education Program of the Ateneo De Manila University Grade School prepares the students to be technologically adept as effective citizens, and to function and contribute effectively in an increasingly technologically – driven world.
As an integral part of the overall academic program of the Ateneo De Manila University Grade School, the general objectives of the Computer Education Program are as follows:
• To develop in students a sense of information technology culture and an appreciation of the range and power of computer application;
• To develop technologically – literate students who can function effectively in society;
• To develop in students an awareness of how computers work and how they are used in home, school, the workplace and community;
• To enable the students to appreciate the role that computers in play in everyday life and the impact they have on society and people;
• To enable the students to acquire skills in using common application software to accomplish tasks and apply them in other subject areas;
• To enhance students’ creative and logical thinking skills through the use of various programming languages and software.
General objectives:

1.To develop a technology-literate individual who can function effectively in society.
2.To give the children a greater sense of empowerment . . . the computer being used  
as a tool for learning.
3.To enhance a child’s creative and logical thinking skills through the use of
various software.
4.To develop a child’s resourcefulness by exposing him to available equipment and  
5.To make productive use of information available, not only from the school library, but also from the Internet.
6.To immediately apply acquired computer skills in other subjects.
The Computer Education Program is offered to all middle school years.

 Basic Computer Operation

Basic computer operation teaches individual computer basics, including exploring the windows environment and file management. Appropriate use of this tool is a major part of the curriculum. Each grade level will be introduced to age-appropriate technology and work toward mastery of a particular benchmark.


Keyboarding is introduced to all Grade 5 students for the initial part of the course to make them familiar with the main user interface of the computer.

Word Processing

Word processing is offered to all Grade Levels with the introduction of MS Word in Grade 5 to augment keyboarding skills earlier in the course. Reinforcement and development are given in the next grade levels.


Introduction of MS Excel is also offered to Grade 6. Basic spreadsheet use is taught and then applied in the monitoring and recording of a student’s quizzes.


MS Powerpoint is introduced in Grade 5. Basic use of this tool is made for creating presentation for reports, projects and as well as Computer Assisted Instruction.


Adobe Photoshop is introduced in Grade 6. Basic editing and lay - outing techniques is taught. The combination of these techniques will help the students to further develop organizing skills and stimulate their creative minds.


Basic animation is introduced in Grade 6 with the use of Unfreeze. The use of this software develops logical thinking skills and enhances imagination when the students need to plan for the outcome of their animation. 


Macromedia Flash is introduced in Grade 6 to further enhance their skills in using the software. The programming language of Flash allows the students to focus not on the machine but on the mind. It develops logical thinking when the students need to correct a flaw in the program. Games, music and animation clips are among the many possible projects that can be created. 

Guided browsing is made available to all middle school students. Part of the guidance is to give pointers on proper Internet etiquette. Responsible and productive use of the Internet is a major activity with the Internet being used as a huge resource for information for school projects and assignments. 

Physical Education
The Physical Education Program aims to develop the physical fitness, mental alertness, and emotional stability of the students through instructional activities, sports and intramural games.

Media Instruction Program
The Media Instruction Program (MIP) of the Katigbak Educational Media Center is more than just teaching students how to use the library. MIP provides instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas. It is essential to help students acquire skills they will need to harness and use information for a productive and fulfilling life.
The Media Instruction Program (MIP) aims to:
1. teach students to be skillful, competent and discriminating users of information and technology for lifelong learning
2. develop the habit of inquiry and stimulate the growth and development of the young mind in independent thinking
3. enhance students’ ability to learn how to learn
4. develop information literate students who are able to find, evaluate, and use information to solve problems and make decisions
5. develop appreciation for the different forms of media
1. The MIP is held once a month.
2. Classes are handled by the librarians.
3. The topics to be taught are reviewed every summer in accordance with the scope and sequence.
4. Copies of the topics to be taught are given to the Academic Coordinators and English Subject Area Coordinator.  The Academic Coordinators and English Subject Area Coordinator may make suggestion on the topics given.
5.  Lesson plans for each topic are made by the librarians teaching the level.
6.  Lessons made are part of the collaboration sessions held during summer and every quarter
7.  The plan is revised after the collaboration session and copies are given to the KEMC Coordinator, Academic Coordinators and English Subject Area Coordinator.
8. Through a 40 minute formal class the following strategies are used; storytelling, demonstration, lecturette, discussion, games and puzzles, learning activity sheets, role playing, film viewing, use of new media and technology. Other activities during the MIP period are recreatory reading, viewing of exhibits, participation in book week celebration/s, independent learning, book borrowing, access online resources and supervised research.
                The schedule of the Media Instruction Program is prepared by the Academic Coordinators in the Primary School and the English Subject Area Coordinator in the Middle School in coordination with the KEMC Coordinator.