Methodology

Through the use of advanced methodologies and  innovative teaching methods, the American School of Vitoria offers an integrated, flexible, and  interdisciplinary curriculum that  addresses competencies and skills necessary to further your child’s interests.

Teaching and learning has changed quite a lot in the last decades, giving way to new educational models. At the Escola Americana de Vitoria we use a project based methodology with new approaches  to teaching and learning being used at other institutions that are references around the world.

We foster a holistic approach to learning that that stimulates aptitudes, abilities and interests of students, so that they can develop an enthusiasm for knowing themselves  and the world around them.

The American School of Vitoria will inculcate in young people, the motivation to aim for excellence in their personal development; whether it be as a pianist, engineer, doctor, playwright, app designer or entrepreneur.

We recognize the importance of positive members of the community, future citizens that will promote new ideas and defend new ways of uniting people so that the world becomes safer, more sustainable, and happier for future generations.

Philosophy

The EAV philosophy is guided by the following principles which inform our academic work and social interaction with children, families, and staff.

We learn through inquiry, relevance, and reflection. Students gain skills and understanding both through open play and structured instructional opportunities. The classroom environment and the physical school grounds stimulate exploration and experimentation, problem solving and negotiation, communication and collaboration driving cognitive, social emotional learning and creative expression. We give young people the opportunity to co-construct and engage in learning activities that permit and facilitate imaginative construction of an understanding of the world around them. We want them to wonder and ask “What if?”

We use a process of inviting and sustaining learning that leads to an emergent and integrated interdisciplinary curriculum that is flexible enough to take advantage of student interest and “teachable moments.” Theme based projects provide narrative and structure to the delivery of the academic program. We also want to document the student’s learning journey as a way to capture and archive personal learning growth and individual socio-emotional development. We guide children to assume ownership of their own work and empower them to engage in understanding the learning process. At EAV, we focus on developing the whole child, where developmental and learning differences are respected and activities and materials are adult-curated to engage a wide range of learners. Children participate in mixed age groups that foster caring, community and flexibility for preschoolers in different stages of learning.

We encourage voice and choice. We respect student generated ideas and expression of personal feelings. We are committed to cosmopolitanism, the idea that we all belong to a single community based on a shared morality and can learn to respect each other despite our differences. Ultimately, we want to create global citizens that can communicate across cultures and society. EAV students can think globally and act locally to contribute to the overall well being of their communities and the world. We want to foster from an early age students that can engage in cross cultural inquiry and want to connect with people and find out more about them.

We value parent partnerships. The school-home connection is very important and we view parents as primary caregivers and educators of their children. Thus, we ask parents to actively participate in the learning by designing activities that promote partnership and communication. Parents and teachers exchange information daily. Parents are periodically invited to participate in individual and small group conferences, social events, and workshops.

We believe developing healthy human relationships must underlie everything that we do. Research shows that relationships are at the heart of child development and student learning. Teachers use developmentally and individually appropriate methods that take into consideration children’s differing enthusiasms, needs, styles, and abilities. We develop a culture of caring that permeates everything we do because we seek to to get to intricately know our students and celebrate who they are and how they contribute to our community.

We respect children’s sense of time. In a world that is information rich and hyper connected we want children to slow down, observe the world and listen. We want them to learn how to contemplate the world around them. We work with flexible schedules and we take into consideration the rhythms and pace of each individual student.

What is documentation?

Documentation is a powerful tool used to communicate children’s experiences, ideas, and learning processes. It can take many shapes and forms and usually portrays a child’s work at different stages of completion.

Documentation attempts to make learning “visible”. Teachers record the progression of children’s understanding on a daily basis creating a narrative. A variety of tools are used such as: video, photography, voice recording, writing, and drawing.  The teacher is closely attuned to what students do by conducting careful observations and recounts how children think and feel and interact with their environment in a sustained and focused manner. Ordinary moments of learning are valued. Questions and tentative answers are developed.  The objective is to enable teachers to figure out what to teach and what students should learn from data that is collected and displayed. This information is then used to guide further teaching. Thus, documentation is a research tool that can be used to effectively guide learning. How children think and learn and how ideas are born, take root and flourish is a central focus documentation.

Curriculum

The curriculum at Escola Americana de Vitória is designed to fulfill the educational requirements of two countries: USA and Brazil. Here, from the preschool years, your child is exposed to an immersive  bilingual environment.  Classes are conducted in English so that students can become highly proficient in the language. Our curricular options also include Portuguese Language, Brazilian History and Geography and skills,  competencies, attitudes and values essential for life in the 21st century.

Escola Americana de Vitória follows a North American model of a full day schedule from 8:00- 15:30.  After school, students can extend their day, 2 ,3 or 5 times a week with a variety of activities like mini-chef, artistic gymnastics, judo and musical theater.

Pre School

The American School of Vitória follows the general competencies of the Base Nacional Comum Curricular (BNCC) and the International Education curriculum of Fieldwork Education. We are an IEYC member school that uses the International Early Years Curriculum for children aged 2 – 5+ years old. The curriculum is used by almost 150 schools in 47 countries worldwide.

  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • English Language and Literacy (Portuguese and English)
  • Cognition( Math, Science and Technology)
  • Health and Wellness (Physicial Development and Nutrition)
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Visual and Scenic Arts, Music, and Theater
  • BNCC General Competencies

Environment

The physical environment in which children learn plays a pivotal role in their growth and development. The project based philosophy we follow places great emphasis on the environment and posits that children construct their knowledge through the interaction with everything in the environment around them. Our classroom spaces are open and inviting. We offer creatively challenging spaces for exploration and play. These purposefully designed learning spaces promote exposure to a  variety of materials. All our spaces stimulate the cognitive, social emotional, language and physical development. We also have an outdoor space where children can play and grow things.

Making is central to our philosophy and we have a space where kids can tinker, do and build. We want children to learn how to make and shape their worlds so we create spaces that promote the freedom to be playful and curious. Art and music are important components to our program as children need to be exposed to and practice creative endeavors.

Elementary

The Escola Americana de Vitória follows the general competencies of the Base Nacional Comum Curricular (BNCC) and the International Education curriculum of Fieldwork Education. We are an IPC member school that uses the International Primary Curriculum for children aged 5 – 11+ years old. The curriculum is used by over 730 schools in 92 countries worldwide.

  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • English Language and Literacy (Portuguese and English)
  • Cognition( Math, Science and Technology)
  • Health and Wellness (Physicial Development and Nutrition)
  • History and Social Sciences Including Brazilian History and Geography in Portuguese
  • Visual and Scenic Arts, Music, and Theater
  • BNCC General Competencies