Philosophy Lower School Philosophy Curriculum Co and Extra Because each child is created in God’s image for a unique purpose, each needs to be trained to have a Godly character. A child has physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual needs. Association International School seeks to provide each student the opportunity to pursue personal growth in all these areas, through a broad range of activities. In support of our Mission, Vision, and Values, the Association International School professional learning community holds the following educational beliefs: Student learning is the focus of our organization, yet the faculty and staff will also be active learners in the community. A safe, respectful, and supportive environment is essential for each individual to pursue personally challenging goals. The curriculum and instructional strategies will inspire and motivate students to learn. Students have individual talents and qualities that must be discovered and developed. Students achieve their best when they build on previous knowledge and skills, and apply their learning to issues of personal and global significance. Continual goal-setting and reflection is essential to achieve personal and community growth. Appreciation of cultural diversity is essential to promoting international understanding and responsible citizenship. The education of each student is a responsibility shared by students, parents, and teachers. Parents/guardians have invested in us this sacred trust. Total development of the child includes growth in a sound Christian environment, established on a sound, ethical, and Biblical foundation; exemplified by strong leadership and mentorship in the faith.