Principles, Values, and Objectives about The American School

Principles, Values, and Objectives

Principles, Values, and Objectives

The American School of Las Palmas was founded in 1967 to respond to the educational needs of the families of a group of North American scientists from NASA stationed by the space agency on the island. ASLP was the first international school in Gran Canaria.

We are an educational institution inspired by North American tradition and culture, non-denominational and private, accredited by the US administration and authorized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a foreign center. As a bilingual school, we develop the study of Spanish and North American languages ​​and cultures from Nursery (3 years) to Grade 12.

In an emotional and affective environment of trust and security, we educate people who are free, respectful, critical, creative, responsible and capable of designing their destiny with the aim that they contribute to improving the society of which they are part.

Our educational community is made up of students, teachers and families of different nationalities and cultures, which gives us a clearly multicultural and international character. The creation of close social and academic ties between all of them is one of our fundamental characteristics.

As a North American center, these principles are deployed through an innovative and differential methodological model, based on the most recent pedagogical research, with the fundamental aim of ensuring that every student learns at their highest level and arrives prepared for their higher studies in the US, Spain or anywhere else in the world. Aware that we live in a constantly changing society, we develop in our students the skills and tools necessary to manage the social and professional challenges that they will have to face.

In accordance with the above, we promote the following values:

  • Respect for all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ideology or religious beliefs.
  • Awareness of and belonging to our globalized world; a world that requires respect and knowledge of other cultures and effective intercultural communication.
  • Individual and collective responsibility for peaceful, safe and fulfilling coexistence habits.
  • Commitment to a culture of effort, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, undertaking challenges, start-ups and innovations.
  • Respect for one’s own body and mind through healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Sensitivity, solidarity and active involvement of our entire educational community in our commitment of social well-being.
  • Responsibility with the environment and its sustainability.