Elementary school curriculum

Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Specialist Teachers provide instruction in Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education. We celebrate our host country within our Indian Studies program and offer French and Spanish learning options through exploratory language experiences. 

Health, Service Learning, and Sustainability Education are also integrated throughout our curriculum. Students have access to an extensive library collection, a range of technological devices, and a Makerspace. Assessment effectively supports students’ development in the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastery of skills, the development of attitudes, and the ability to make decisions to take responsible action. This information is used to adapt teaching and learning to ensure that learners’ specific needs are catered to so that each student can achieve personal excellence. Students are actively involved in showcasing their own learning.

Definition of Learning

At AES, learning is multidimensional:

  • Learners construct deep conceptual understandings.
  • Learners develop high levels of transferable competencies.
  • Learners pursue self-discovery through reflective journeys.
  • Learners apply their knowledge and skills to affect positive changes in larger communities.

Our Learning Principles


Learning is guided by a clear, intentional sense of purpose. Through authentic experiences, we create connections with the past, make meaning in the present, and extend our learning into the future.


Learning is driven by the joy of our natural curiosity through a lifelong process of play, wondering, questioning, exploring, and investigation.


Learning is a personal, social, and emotional experience. Our community is strengthened as we actively develop capacities to learn.


Learning is meaningful when we take ownership of it. Through voice, choice, and self-efficacy, we create paths toward sustained, independent growth.


Learning is enhanced through diversity. Our varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds, life experiences, identities, and individual perspectives empower our unique voices and contribute to our culture of belonging.

Message from the Principal






I am very excited to welcome your family to the Elementary School at the American Embassy School. I know that you will find this to be a warm and welcoming community guided by our mission to help your child develop a joyful pursuit of excellence.

Our staff, faculty, and administration in the Elementary School strive to create an environment of belonging for all learners and community members. Through a standards-based curriculum and a commitment to meeting the needs of all learners, we nurture our students’ unique curiosities, their creativity, and their individual social, emotional, and academic development. Further, we believe that we are strengthened by our pluralism, inspired through our students’ diverse passions in academics, sports, and the arts. 

An integral part of our success is to collaborate with you in supporting your children to become compassionate global citizens who can help make the world a better place. Through community events, student performances, after-school activities programs, cultural celebrations, and exceptional instruction, our goal is for every child at AES to belong and be successful.

In joyful pursuit of excellence,

Charles Bellomy

Elementary Principal

Principal’s Biography

Charles has 16 years of experience in education. He has served as the Elementary Counselor at the American International School of Budapest, Vice Principal at Hangzhou International School, Elementary Principal at the American School of Yaoundé, and just before coming to AES, as a Middle School Assistant Principal at the Cypress Fairbanks ISD in Texas. Charles has a BS in Business Management from LeTourneau University, an MEd in Counseling from Seton Hall University, and an MEd in School Leadership from the American College of Education.

What learning looks like

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