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ES Principal's Welcome

Welcome to the American School of Yaoundé (ASOY) Elementary School!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to ASOY Elementary School- a friendly school where the needs of our students come first. We welcome students and their families from around the world to join our unified learning community. We are confident that your child and family will experience a sense of belonging and build strong friendships here at ASOY. Our students learn and play together, guided by an experienced, well qualified faculty, who appreciate that individual students learn differently.

Our Primary School is made up of 2 sections: Early Years (3-6 years) and Elementary (6-11 years). Both sections follow the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) as a curriculum framework supporting our Common Core Plus curriculum. If our job as educators is to prepare students for their future in an ever-changing global world, the PYP Programme allows us to do this. It is not a static curriculum, but a framework that includes not only the skills and knowledge students need today, but also tomorrow and the future where they will take their place in the world.

The PYP provides opportunities for students to show that they are inquirers, thinkers, risk-takers and communicators. It also allows them to demonstrate that they are knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well balanced and reflective. These attributes help students develop their awareness of local and global issues. Through the program of study, students apply the acquisition and application of knowledge into community action or service. Students are expected to demonstrate positive attitudes towards people, the environment and learning.

The IB Learner Profile reflects the values section of the Mission, Vision and Values at ASOY. The Learner Profile aims to develop internationally minded students who can help create a better and more peaceful world. Inherent in the IB Continuum of education are the values expressed in the IB Learner Profile. The IB Learner profiles serves “...as a clear and concise statement of the aims and values of the IB, and an embodiment of international-mindedness”.

Parents often ask what is so different about the IB and the PYP as compared to other school systems. While the learning standards are much the same the framework of the IB PYP provides the rigor of the programmed to place learning within a meaningful context to enable students to connect and apply their learning to real-life situations.

The strength of our school lies in the integrity of programs and the open relationship between the home and the school. Parents are the first teachers of their child(ren) and we welcome a continuing involvement by parents in the education of their child(ren).

We believe that students have a fundamental right to learn in a safe, supportive environment and to be treated with respect. We also value diversity and operate an inclusive learning environment for all students.

To all new and returning families, I welcome you to ASOY. While at ASOY your child will work with and learn from an amazing international community of classmates and teachers. Myself and our team of highly professional teachers and teaching assistants are excited to embark on the learning process partnership with you and your child(ren). Please take some time to get to know us and explore our website and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Michael Sciocchetti

ASOY ES Principal

msciocchetti@asoy.org