Facts and Curriculum

    The Banjul American Embassy School (BAES), founded in 1984, is an independent school offering an educational program from preschool through high school for English-speaking students of all nationalities. ESL needs are reviewed each year.

    A friendly, cooperative, safe environment is provided for children to learn and play. The school year extends from late August to mid-June with approximately 180 days of instruction. Official Gambian holidays are recognized. Long breaks are scheduled in October, December holidays, and for Easter.

    Curriculum

    The school provides an American-based curriculum. All instruction is in English. In addition to the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, the curriculum integrates instruction in art, computer, French, music, and physical education. The school is fully accredited by the Commission of Elementary and Secondary Schools Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This signifies the school has met the Standards that reflect current research and best practices.

    Banjul American Embassy School is an AERO Standards-Based School. The Vision and Mission of AERO are very clear:

    Vision:

    American-sponsored overseas schools will know how standards-based education can and should strengthen a school’s curriculum, teaching, assessment, and, most importantly, student learning. These schools will develop and sustain a program of standards-based learning in their schools.

    Mission

    -Provide challenging, professionally-validated, voluntary academic standards for use as a foundation for curriculum in American-sponsored schools overseas
    -Assist overseas schools to develop their own K-12 curricula that are grounded in standards
    -Train teachers to use the AERO standards as the basis for assessing their students’ progress and their own instruction
    -Assist schools in developing standards-based curricula and sustaining curricula by becoming professional communities of learners.

    Curriculum Development is an on-going process. As the teachers at BAES build units each year they revise and adjust those units to suit their changing student population. Teachers change or add materials, revise their plans and adjust their assessments but always with the vision of providing the best possible educational experience for the students in their care.

    In education, the term standards-based refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

    Standards-Based - The Glossary of Education Reform

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    The general goal of standards-based learning is to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to be successful in school, higher education, careers, and adult life. If students fail to meet expected learning standards, they typically receive additional instruction, practice time, and academic support to help them achieve proficiency or meet the learning expectations described in the standards. Standards-based learning is common in American elementary schools, but it is becoming more widely used in middle and secondary schools.

    To learn more about the AERO Standards used at BAES please go to: http://www.projectaero.org/

    Facilities

    The campus consists of 4 buildings, playgrounds, and soccer areas. The main building consists of the administrative offices, a computerized library, a fully networked computer lab, middle school and high school classrooms, a school staff office, and faculty kitchen. Other buildings house an Early Childhood Center, a science lab, a language classroom, a counseling center, and elementary classrooms.

    Facts

    The school maintains a strategic plan and follows a regular curriculum cycle when reviewing textbooks, ordering materials, and implementing new programs. The Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment administered two times a year is U.S. norm based which is beneficial for validating instruction, providing feedback for curriculum development, and progress information on each individual child.

    Country Diversity by Passport 2011-2012

    America 14 Gambia 4 Netherlands 2
    Bangladesh 1 Britain 7 New Zealand 3
    Belgium 1 India 5 Nigeria 5
    Botswana 1 Ireland 2 Spain 2
    Canada 1 Lebanon 4 Taiwan (ROC) 2
    Denmark 1

    Mission Statement

    The Banjul American Embassy School is an international community providing a high quality, accredited American-Style education for students. In partnership with our community, we empower students to become enthusiastic, creative, lifelong learners who value integrity, cultural diversity and global responsibility.