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WARA GONZÁLEZ

Headmaster

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Headmaster’s welcome

Thank you for the interest in the American School of Santo Domingo. We are a committed community of professionals, parents and students working together to provide the best educational services available from Nursery (3 year olds) to 12th grade.

Our school community is very diverse; we strive to graduate global citizens, self-directed learners and able communicators. Our mission is to help students develop a strong sense of self, environmental stewardship, and 21st Century Skills in a loving, family environment.

Founded in 1982, The American School of Santo Domingo has a longstanding reputation of academic excellence and high standards.

Accredited by the Dominican Ministry of Education and by AdvancED, our students graduate with a high school diploma valid in the DR, the USA, and internationally.

As Head of School, with 28 years of experience in education, I can tell you that my mission is my greatest passion; I deeply believe in quality and comprehensive education for all students and in creating learning environments that provide a sense of belonging while helping everyone pursue and achieve their goals and dreams. I hope you find the following information useful, and inspiring enough to come meet us in person.


Best regards,

Wara
Head of School

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MISSION

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Mission

The American School of Santo Domingo is an innovative community of learners that contributes to the development of students with a strong sense of self, environmental stewardship and 21st century skills in a loving, family environment.

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VISION STATEMENT

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Vision Statement

The American School of Santo Domingo strives to graduate global citizens, self-directed learners and able communicators that effectively accomplish their goals.

21st Century Learning environments

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE IN

We believe all students should enjoy school and find meaning in
everything they do. Together we can achieve more. We work
closely and cooperatively with parents and students.

We believe in embracing diversity. This is why Differentiated In-
struction is also an important part of our pedagogical strategies.

Differentiated Instruction is a framework and a philosophy for
effective teaching that involves providing different students with
different avenues to learning (often in the same classroom)
in terms of: acquiring content, processing, constructing, or making
sense of ideas; and developing teaching materials and assessment
measures so that all students within a classroom can learn
 effectively, regardless of differences in ability.

We believe good education is based on two important pillars:
Thinking skills and Life skills. Both are necessary to be successful
as a human being and to lead a meaningful and therefore a
happy life.

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THINKING SKILLS:

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Reasoning & Analytical Strategies
Creativity & Innovation
Information Processing & Evaluation


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LIFE SKILLS:

Flexibility & Adaptability
Initiative & Self Direction
Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
Productivity & Accountability
Leadership & Responsibility
Character & Values

How do we achieve our goals

We are a non-traditional school. We believe students understand
and learn better when working actively and engaging in real life
questions and inquiries. We implement Project Based Learning
(PBL), a strategy that research has validated as an important tool
to engage and enhance student learning.

Our Language Arts Curriculum is based on the Reading and
Writing Workshop curriculum designed by Lucy Calkin and Columbia
University. It focuses on literature and good stories to
foster readers and writers for life.

Our Math Program is the Everyday Mathematics program which
is an outstanding, award-winning platform developed by the University
of Chicago . It is a research-based and field-tested approach
proven to be effective in developing children’s understandings
and skills that produce life-long mathematical power.

Character education and values are fostered through many different
activities in our curriculum. Most valuable is our Community
Service Learning. All grade levels participate in a different
Community Service; students are encouraged to find an area
where they can contribute and that is meaningful to them.

Leadership skills are strengthened by participating in our Student
Council, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society,
Model UN, and Global Issues Network (GIN) groups. We
also have an Entrepreneurship Club and a Robotics Program.

Our Leadership Team

Wara González

Head of School

My name is Wara González. I am an educator with more than 30 years of experience in the field. As a licensed psychologist with a Master’s degree in Education and a postgraduate degree in Early Childhood, I believe that teaching is about inspiring young minds to achieve their intellectual and emotional potential through the acquisition of life skills and strategies for critical thinking. I am myself, inspired by many educators, among them Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio-Emilia educational philosophy, and hold that all education is training for citizenship. My personal goal is to help our students be conscientious, well-adjusted, happy and committed members of a functioning society.

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Wara González

Marisela Bencosme

Middle School and High School Principal

My name is Marisela Bencosme, the MS/HS Principal. I have 38 years of teaching experience, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Postgraduate in Early Childhood Education, and a Postgraduate Degree in Educational Management at UTE. My goal is to guide teachers in the implementation of new learning strategies for students, that promote the development of learning skills, involving parents and guardians in the school dynamic. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, my doors will be always open. I motivate you to work together with us as a team for the academic and emotional well being of your child.  Thank you for trusting your child’s education to our team of dedicated educators and support staff.

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Marisela Bencosme

Patricia Cáffaro

Preschool and Elementary School Principal

My name is Patricia Cáffaro; I’m a psychologist that has developed my career around Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I’ve been in this area of education for more than 20 years and 11 years as a school principal, planning, working and supervising teachers, working with parents and most importantly, giving my best to provide the students the best example as a teacher and as a leader. I have a Bachelor's degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and a Master's degree in Education teaching English as a second language at Framingham State University. I’ve been interested in several educational literacy methodologies; such as, the Montessori method, Whole Language and the Orthon-Gillingham method. During the last three years, I have practiced some strategies in teaching for understanding and have completed the Teaching for Understanding course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) making this framework the priority for my professional development.

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Patricia Cáffaro

Norma Oliveira

Curriculum Coordinator

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the Academic Coordinator at the American School of Santo Domingo. It is our mission to create innovative learning experiences for our students that will allow them to cope and thrive in the future, a future that is completely unknown to us. With this in mind, we strive to create a curriculum that is relevant and challenging, as well as develop a methodology that is engaging and interactive, stressing not only knowledge, but creativity and the ability to think flexibly. After 26 years of experience in the area of education, my passion for teaching has not only increased, but has found a home.

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Norma Oliveira

Alicia De Pool

Curriculum Coordinator

My name is Alicia De Pool. I have worked in the field of Education for 12 years and one thing has not changed over the course of my career: children never seize to amaze me. The way I see it, Education is the stone layer that molds the road of children’s lives, shaping who they are and who they will become. Thus, it is our job as parents and educators to provide guidance, opportunities, support, and most of all, love, during this journey, inspiring in them the faith, resilience, and grit they will need to overcome obstacles and be successful in achieving their goals. Every child has a story. It is my mission to be of service and contribute to the story of your child.

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Alicia De Pool

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Our Learners

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Our Learners

Total number of students registered for the 2017-2018 School Year: 310

Dominican Students: 70%

American Students: 12%

Other Countries: 18%

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OUR CAMPUS

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Our Campus

The American School of Santo Domingo’s campus is an expansive 12,000 mt2,
surrounded by the city’s green belt and just a few minutes away from Santo Domingo's city center.


• Administrative Offices

• Air Conditioned Classrooms

• Music Room

• Art Room / Workshop

• Library And Media Center

• Science Lab

• Indoor Gym

• Basketball Courts

• Volleyball Courts

• Official Size Soccer Field

• Amphitheater

• School Cafeteria

• Lunch Seating Area

• 2 Playgrounds

• Recording Studio

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WORK WITH US

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Work with us

Teacher Profile:
At the American School of Santo Domingo, we aim at recruiting teachers that are both passionate and inspiring, that see themselves as part of a team of teachers and parents, that safeguard the student’s wellbeing and promote growth, both emotionally and academically, and that are learners themselves. Through creativity and compassion, enthusiasm and patience, dedication and resilience, we can change our world, one student at a time. If you meet these requirements, please send your CV to info@americanschool.edu.do