CORE KNOWLEDGE CURRICULUM
The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of specific content and skills to be taught in language arts, history, mathematics, geography, science, and fine arts. A sequence model that touches upon similar subjects throughout a child´s school career in each grade allowing children to reach higher education and fuller knowledge.
The integration that Core Knowledge Sequence provides benefits children´s ability to think critically, solve problems, and understand functions and depth of the given subjects.
NEUROSCIENCE – INNOVATIVE APPROACH
Our teaching philosophy is grounded on applying the principles of neuroscience to enhance learning. Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary science that is concerned with the study of the structure and function of the nervous system.
How does neuroscience influence education?
Education is about enhancing learning, and neuroscience research suggests that our learning outcome relies on interdisciplinary environmental habits. BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) explains that physical movement enhances natural hormonal growth in synapses through D.O.S.E. (also known as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins). These hormones are essential in brain growth, elasticity, and cognitive development.
Advances in the field of neuroscience have increased our understanding about the mental processes involved in learning. By understanding cognitive development and how the brain grows, we understand what activities are key in how the curriculum should be structured.
There is scientific evidence that shows that students who learn programming at an early age have fewer gender stereotypes in relation to STEM careers – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
CODE.org is the first Computational Science program that seeks to join the current education system and USP is honored to offer this innovative course as part of its curriculum. The Syllabus was written taking into account the standards of the K-12 Computer Science Framework and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and is reviewed every two years with the intention of keeping it updated with computer advances.
Children that are exposed to more than one language in early childhood years display improved cognitive control and abilities, volume, density of gray matter, and brain connectivity.
Our curriculum includes three languages:
ENGLISH is our primary language and will be taught across the curriculum in different subject areas.
SPANISH will also be taught in our Language Arts Program as a separate subject and interdisciplinary in Social Studies.
MANDARIN is the third language that our students will be learning scaffolded and integrated into each of the grades. Once our students reach High School, Mandarin for Business will be taught.
HEAD, HEART AND HANDS MODEL
Learning for children is not solely developmental in nature, there are transformational qualities that need to reach beyond content and formal knowledge to include application and disposition of how to create meaning and value to the world around us. USP applies the Head, Heart, and Hands Model in how it applies to Transformative Learning Theory:
HEAD: Refers to engaging the cognitive area of the brain by exploring concepts.
HANDS: Refers to depicting the psychomotor area of the brain by learning practical skills and physical work, such as building, planting, etc.
HEART: Refers to enabling the effective area of the brain to form values and attitudes that will translate into behaviors.
All of our programs are accredited and validated by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Panama.
USP is strongly committed to teaching our students about Panama’s geography, history, patriotic symbols, the National Anthem, the Indigenous communities and how throughout its 500-year history it has grown and to be recognized as the “Bridge of the Americas” and the “Hub of the Americas”.
Proper nutrition is essential for normal cognition and thinking skills, a healthy diet that is low in fat and high in essential nutrients reduces the risk of memory loss, helps prevent strokes and boosts alertness.
USP’s school cafeteria will offer meals for our students with all the necessary nutrients to ensure their overall health. Students will be taught the nutritional value of different foods so that they learn to choose what they eat from our lunchroom and develop healthy eating habits.
PHYSICAL FITNESS – LEARNING READINESS PE
Based on the work of Paul Zientarski and his Learning readiness P.E. (www.learningreadinesspe.com); USP will implement a culture of fitness that includes Physical Education (P.E.) as a daily, graded requirement.
Additionally, our P.E. scheduling will be flexible enough to include P.E. before our student’s most challenging classes.
UNICEF – KID POWER / BRAIN BREAKS PROGRAM
Brain Breaks for kids is the simple technique in which young students are given a short mental break taken at regular intervals. Some of the benefits of using brain breaks include helping kids to be calmer, remain focused while also stimulating physical activity. Brain breaks have also shown to significantly reduce stress levels in kids, providing organic improvements to learning and higher engagement levels.
LOOKING FORWARD – IB
United School of Panama is aiming to obtain the IB Certification. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) programs aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. (IB) programs strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions.
Develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and from the global community of schools.
Encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts.
Develop multilingual students.
In order to teach IB programs, schools must be authorized. Every school authorized to offer IB programs is known as an IB World School.”
LOOKING FORWARD – APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
United School of Panama aims to become an Apple Distinguished School and foster a culture of continuous innovation for our students, our team and our community.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology. Apple Distinguished School leaders, teachers and the extended community have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement. Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. And they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.
The Apple Distinguished School program supports forward-thinking education leaders and their communities who are using Apple technology to make positive change in their schools. They take an innovative approach toward learning and teaching. They are highly motivated thought leaders who see what’s possible for the future of education and are invested in achieving the vision.
Tuition & Fees
We present our tuition and fees for the academic year 2022 – 2023
|Evaluation Pre-Admission||One Time Fee||$ 150|
|Sign-up Fee||One Time Fee||$ 8,000.00|
|Enrollment Fee||Annual / April||$ 800.00|
|Tuition||Monthly X 10||$ 795.00|
|Books and School Supplies||Annual / July||$ 700.00|
|Technology / Platform||Annual / July (Primary School)||$ 450.00|
|Food and Nutrition||Monthly||TBD|
|Uniforms||For sale at school||TBD|
|School Bus||Pay direct to the transport company (MISAR)||OUTSOURCED|
|Extra Curricular Activities||Monthly||TBD|
There are 2 options for the payment of tuition:
1. Monthly: (first 5 days of the month).
2. Discount: If annual tuition is paid in full before July 30th a $300.00 discount will be applied.
Please note that any late payment will incur in a 10% surcharge on the amount owed. At the discretion of the administration, attendance may be suspended until a delinquent payment is resolved.
One Time Payment / Sign-up Fee:
Sign-up fee is a prerequisite for enrollment and is due as follows:
A reservation of $1,000 must be paid upon official acceptance of the student.
The remaining portion of the sign-up fee must have been paid in full prior or at the beginning of the school year. For students entering mid-year it must be paid prior to the first day of classes.
Annual Enrollment Fee:
For families with 3 or more students (first degree of consanguinity or affinity): 25% discount on the 3rd child ($600.00) and 50% discount on the 4th child ($400.00).
Students withdrawing from the school will be charged the applicable tuition due through the last month in which they attend classes. USP requires a 60-day notice prior to withdrawal.
Sign-Up Fee Refund:
Being sensitive to the current social and economic climate and considering the expat nature of a great number of our families, United School of Panama will offer a FULL REFUND of our Sign-up fee (minus $1,000 paid as deposit) for families leaving the country before completing two academic school years.
This refund will apply to families who enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.
We understand that these are trying times and we are committed to being supportive and understanding in the current changing global landscape. We aim to provide any and all opportunities at our disposal for all to join our growing family!
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