Basic Education Academic Programs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.