Elementary School

When children enter the Elementary grades at ages 5-11, they are ready to learn how to learn but at ASW we make sure that learning is matched by a commitment to play and an investigation of the world outside the classroom.

Our elementary students are:

  • Inquirers. Children want to know things and we give them tools (and the time) to find those things out.
  • Inventors. They will make things, try things and take care of things because doing so helps them learn what works and what doesn’t.
  • Mathematicians. Solving problems, and exploring real-world mathematical concepts.
  • English speakers. Learning to read, write and speak in English.
  • Mindful. They learn how to “be” who they are. Mindfulness is taught and put into practice.
  • Community builders. Our students learn how to relate to others and how to build friendships.


Early Years

By learning through play and inquiry, the Primary Years Program (PYP) meets each child at their own level. Focused on international mindedness and connecting knowledge and understanding across subjects, PYP engages the young learner in a way that never forgets that learning should be fun.

They’re only children once - ASW’s PYP will ensure they make the most of it.

Designed for children aged 3 to 11, the PYP is divided into the Early Years (Pre-K and K), and the Elementary School (grades 1-5). At ASW, each program focuses on enabling each child to excel both in the classroom and in the world around them.

In the PYP, students learn through a transdisciplinary approach. All students inquire into local and global issues framed by six themes: language, social studies, mathematics, science, arts and personal, social and physical education are integrated units of inquiry which allow students to understand that everything they learn is connected.

Our Early Years program offers every child the chance to discover the skills they will need to set out on their unique learning journey.

Children in the Early Years program will:

  • learn to ‘be’ with others in our learning community
  • have the space to wonder and discover the world through play
  • share their ideas and undertake learning adventures
  • grow as communicators


We truly believe that visiting ASW during a school day and watching our staff work with students will help you to better understand the special learning community we enjoy!

Take a look at our blog Peeking Inside the PYP as well as our guide to the PYP to learn more about life at our school.

Peeking Inside the PYP